In the $600 billion annual Defense Department budgets, the $22 million spent on the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program was almost impossible to find.
Which was how the Pentagon wanted it.
For years, the program investigated reports of unidentified flying objects, according to Defense Department officials, interviews with program participants and records obtained by The New York Times. It was run by a military intelligence official, Luis Elizondo, on the fifth floor of the Pentagon’s C Ring, deep within the building’s maze.
The Defense Department has never before acknowledged the existence of the program, which it says it shut down in 2012. But its backers say that, while the Pentagon ended funding for the effort at that time, the program remains in existence. For the past five years, they say, officials with the program have continued to investigate episodes brought to them by service members, while also carrying out their other Defense Department duties.
Disclosure is a paradox. There is literally no benefit whatsoever to the secret keepers in government and the private sector to reveal this reality to the public. Conversely, it is impossible to keep it a secret forever. PsyOps that have gone on since the 50’s have brainwashed millions of Americans into believing anything but their own common sense. But there’s a limit to how many people and generations you can brainwash.
It will be quite a show whenever it does happen. The secret keepers will try to do a “partial disclosure” but the questions will keep coming. For now, we get the drip feed. Although the drips have certainly been coming faster the past couple of years.
Related and also in the New York Times this Sunday: 2 Navy Airmen and an Object That ‘Accelerated Like Nothing I’ve Ever Seen’