The government has always said that aliens don’t exist and anyone who says otherwise is a lunatic. For the most part, society has accepted this story. Yet there’s a line item in the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) budget for $22 million.
For UFO investigation.
If aliens aren’t real, they’re spending a lot of tax dollars to make sure. Let’s take a look at the government’s UFO program and some of the eerie things officials have said publicly about whether we’re really alone.
1. NYT Catches Pentagon With Their Pants Down
In the DOD’s monster budget of $600 billion a year, you might notice something peculiar. $22 million goes towards the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program. As you can imagine, this was not a well-advertised program by the Pentagon, and that’s no mistake. So what’s the meaning behind this? The government really doesn’t believe in aliens, do they?
2. Actually, They Kind Of Do
Not only does the government believe in aliens, but they think they might be a threat to our security. Over the years, the program investigated various reports of unidentified flying objects (UFOs) complete with witness interviews and records. The New York Times eventually got a hold of this material and it tells a fascinating tale.
3. Does The Program Still Exist?
And now for the million dollar question. Does this experimental program still exist?
It’s certainly odd that the government never acknowledged the existence of the program. When word finally got out about it, they issued a statement saying it shut down in 2012. It gets juicier, though. Participants say that even though funding was cut for the program, it still remains in existence to this day. Now, the real questions start to bubble up.
4. Show Me The Money
So if the government isn’t funding this operation anymore, where is the money coming from? Please turn your attention to Harry Reid. This Nevada Democrat requested funding for the program due to his longtime interest in all things space. In conjunction with friend and billionaire entrepreneur Robert Bigelow, the two kept the program going which produced documents containing detailed sightings of unknown aircraft. One particular case garnered national attention.