The U.S. Navy has refused to release any additional videos of unidentified flying objects (UFO) or unidentified aerial phenomena (UAP), arguing that doing so would “harm national security.”
The Navy put down this argument through a response to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request filed by government transparency site The Black Vault (TBV). The site filed the FOIA request back in April 2020, a day after the Navy declassified three videos taken by Navy pilots. The three clips displayed high-tech aircraft moving in apparently inconceivable ways.
Through the FOIA request, TBV asked the Navy to deliver “any and all other videos connected to UFOs or UAP.” It had been searching for all videos “with the designation of UAP” based on earlier requests.
The Navy declined to comply with the requests. It said in its response that all of the federal government’s videos about UFOs or UAP are considered classified information.
According to the military branch, any public distribution of new UFO videos “will harm national security as it may provide adversaries valuable information regarding Department of Defense (DoD)/Navy operations, vulnerabilities and/or capabilities.” It added: “No portions of the videos can be segregated for release.”
The Navy’s response was interesting because military agencies will usually issue a so-called GLOMAR response, meaning they neither confirm nor deny that such records exist and refuse to speak anything more about them. Given this, the Navy is acknowledging that it has indeed more videos that remain under wraps.
It also provided a rationale for releasing the three earlier UFO/UAP videos TBV mentioned in its FOIA request.
“While three UAP videos were released in the past, the facts specific to those three videos are unique in that those videos were initially released via unofficial channels before official release,” the Navy said. The clips were leaked to the New York Times and Tom DeLonge, former lead vocalist of the band Blink-182. (Related: Advanced, non-human UFO technology repeatedly observed, documented and filmed by U.S. Navy pilots.)
“Those events were discussed extensively in the public domain; in fact, major news outlets conducted specials on these events. Given the amount of information in the public domain regarding these encounters, it was possible to release the files without further damage to national security.”
Prior to its unproductive interaction with the Navy, TBV has posted thousands of pages of documents related to the UFO/UAP issue. These documents were acquired through FOIA requests to the Central Intelligence Agency and other government agencies.
The DoD has frequently talked about UFOs in the past few years, even showing additional UFO/UAP clips to lawmakers in early 2022. While the military has surely wanted to tell the public and Congress that UFOs are true and pose a threat to the country, the move could also imply that the Pentagon requires more funding to find out what they are and possibly protect America against them.
Back in May 2022, the Pentagon conducted its first public hearing on UFOs since the 1960s. It centered around a June 2021 report, which revealed that Navy pilots had reported 144 UAP sightings since 2004. Investigators who examined the reports identified one UAP as “a large, deflating balloon” – but were unable to identify the other 143.
According to the report by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and the DoD’s UAP Task Force, there is little doubt that the unidentified objects are real objects because no less than 80 of the 144 incidents were checked by several sensors. However, it discovered no proof to indicate the objects are extraterrestrial or from a foreign enemy
During the May 2022 hearing, Deputy Director of Naval Intelligence Scott Bray mentioned the number of reported incidents had increased to almost 400 since 2021.
More recently, the Pentagon declared that it would seek federal funding to open a new office that will concentrate exclusively on handling reports of UFO sightings that are coming from the Navy, Army and Air Force.
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