Fermi Paradox anyone?
On May 16, 2021 the television show 60 Minutes ran a segment on recently declassified videos taken by US military pilots of Unidentified Aerial Phenomena, or UAP. UAP is an acronym some in the scientific, government and military are beginning to use as the acronym UFO tends to have a negative, or even sometimes silly connotation… think images of little green men and people in near Area 51 demanding answers. But this is quite different.
For years, civilians and UAP/UFO enthusiasts have demanded the US government release rumored footage taken by US military pilots… and they finally did. At one point the Pentagon decided to look more seriously into the reports it had received from pilots on encounters with UAPs (we’ll just use UAP from here on out). To that end they placed Luis Elizondo in charge of the Pentagon’s Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program (AATIP). Elizondo was charged with investigating these UAP encounters by US military pilots. 60 Minutes also interviewed Christopher Mellon, former deputy assistant secretary of defense for intelligence for both Presidents Clinton and Bush. Both confirmed the videos released are real and have been authenticated by the US government.
Anchor Bill Whitaker also interviews 3 former US Navy pilots, all of whom have had encounters with UAPs. The story looks at several videos that were declassified by the Pentagon and are considered genuine. In most cases, both the plane’s radar and infrared picked up the object, as well as the pilot visually confirming that the objects picked up their radar and infrared are actually there. In several cases, the aircraft had both a pilot and weapons officer, and both officers confirmed they saw the UAP as the radar in infrared showed. US Navy Cmdr. Dave Fravor, Lt. Cmdr. Alex Dietrich (who were flying together in the same squadron) and Lt. Ryan Graves all confirmed seeing the UAPs shown in the videos. Fravor and Dietrich had weapons officers in the cockpit with them. All pilots and weapons officers reported seeing the UAP and confirmed the object they saw was the same their radar and infrared were tracking.
Both of these videos were uploaded to the 60 Minutes YouTube page on May 16, 2021, the same day they aired the story. The first is the actual story, the second is the extended interview with Fravor and Dietrich. What these stories report is fairly compelling, but surprisingly this story doesn’t appear to have captured the interest of many outside the US government. It is interesting to note that after Elizondo had been investigating and reporting on these encounters to the Pentagon, he was removed from the position and the Pentagon terminated the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program (AATIP). Since the release of these videos the AATIP has been revived and some in the US government, including Senators and House Representatives want answers.
We’ll let you be the judge of the footage.
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