The Navy appeared to acknowledge it has extra footage, however cited nationwide safety issues in declining to launch it

The US navy mentioned it has footage of mysterious “Unidentified Aerial Phenomena” (UAP) – extra generally referred to as UFOs – however can’t launch it over nationwide safety issues, claiming the “delicate” movies may compromise America’s defenses.

A 2020 Freedom of Info Act (FOIA) request filed by a UFO disclosure group, the Black Vault, was lastly answered by the Naval Air Programs Command in latest days, with the company stating that the Pentagon’s UAP activity pressure had positioned related materials, however wouldn’t be releasing it.

“The UAP Activity Power has responded again…and have said that the requested movies comprise delicate info pertaining to Unidentified Aerial Phenomena (UAP) and are categorized and are exempt from disclosure of their entirety,” the response letter mentioned, including that the data “will hurt nationwide safety,” because it may “present adversaries worthwhile info concerning Division of Protection/Navy operations, vulnerabilities, and/or capabilities.”

The Black Vault’s FOIA request got here quickly after the Navy launched three unclassified movies exhibiting UAPs, acknowledging the footage was genuine, even when unexplained. The navy responded to the Black Vault greater than two years later, however defined that whereas it had beforehand issued footage, that materials had already been leaked to media shops and was “mentioned extensively within the public area.”

“Given the quantity of knowledge within the public area concerning these encounters, it was attainable to launch the recordsdata with out additional harm to nationwide safety,” the letter continued. 

The unusual sights captured on video by sailors and airmen stay unexplained, however the authorities’s house company has clarified that there at present “no proof UAPs are extra-terrestrial in origin.” That hasn’t stopped NASA from becoming a member of the hunt for UFOs, nonetheless, because it just lately commissioned a examine aiming to demystify the difficulty, noting {that a} lack of verifiable knowledge “makes it tough to attract scientific conclusions concerning the nature of such occasions.”

Whereas the most recent FOIA request was successfully shot down, the navy famous that the choice remains to be topic to attraction, outlining numerous methods the UFO transparency group may achieve this. With the Navy citing main nationwide issues, nonetheless, it’s unclear whether or not any attraction would achieve success.

Public dialogue of UFOs has been on the rise since 2017, when it was revealed that the Pentagon ran a challenge referred to as the Superior Aerospace Menace Identification Program (AATIP), which was tasked with figuring out UAPs. The three leaked movies, recorded by the navy between 2004 and 2015, additional stoked public curiosity within the unusual aerial encounters, with lawmakers even holding a number of hearings on the matter, in some instances bringing navy officers to testify on UAPs.

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