The Navy appeared to acknowledge it had additional footage, but cited national security concerns in refusing to release it.
The US military said it has footage of mysterious “Unidentified Aerial Phenomena” (UAP) – more commonly known as UFOs – but cannot release it for national security reasons, saying the “sensitive” the videos could compromise US defenses.
A 2020 Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request filed by a UFO disclosure organization, the Black Vault, finally received a response from the Naval Air Systems Command in recent days, with the agency stating that the Pentagon’s UAP task force had located relevant material, but would not release it.
“The UAP Working Group has responded…and stated that the requested videos contain sensitive information relating to Unidentified Aerial Phenomena (UAP) and are classified and exempt from disclosure in their entirety,” says the response letter, adding that the information ‘Will harm national security’ as he could “provide adversaries with valuable information about Department of Defense/Navy operations, vulnerabilities, and/or capabilities.”
The Black Vault’s FOIA request came shortly after the Navy released three unclassified videos showing UAPs, acknowledging that the footage was genuine, though not explained. The military responded to the Black Vault more than two years later, but explained that while it had previously released images, this material had already been leaked to the media and was “amply discussed in the public domain.”
“Given the amount of information in the public domain regarding these encounters, it was possible to release the files without further harm to national security,” the letter continued.
The eerie images captured on video by sailors and airmen remain unexplained, but the government space agency has clarified that there are currently “No evidence that UAPs are of extraterrestrial origin.” That hasn’t stopped NASA from joining the UFO hunt, as it recently commissioned a study aimed at debunking the problem, noting that a lack of verifiable data “makes it difficult to draw scientific conclusions about the nature of such events.”
While the latest FOIA request was effectively denied, the military noted that the decision is still subject to appeal, outlining a number of ways the UFO transparency organization could do so. However, with the Navy citing major national concerns, it is unclear whether an appeal would be successful.
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Public debate about UFOs has been on the rise since 2017, when it was revealed that the Pentagon was running a project known as the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program (AATIP), which was tasked with identifying UAPs. The three leaked videos, recorded by the military between 2004 and 2015, further stoked public interest in the bizarre aerial encounters, with lawmakers even holding multiple hearings on the matter, in some cases bringing military officials to testify about the incidents. BANG.
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