Secret Pentagon UFO Program 'Still Exists' and It's Investigating 'Significant Pilot Encounters'
In 2017, The New York Times published one of the most important stories in recent history: the government cover-up surrounding unidentified flying objects that had secretly received $22 million in hidden funding.
According to Leslie Kean, the journalist who broke the news, this is only the beginning—genuinely important discoveries are coming from the research that the government is doing by investigating pilots' close encounters.
"This is no laughing matter," Kean recently told WTOP, before going into greater detail about how the government's ongoing program is producing results:
Referencing the genuinely puzzling phenomena that the government is investigating, Kean mentioned a 2004 incident in which military pilots in the skies above San Diego saw a fleet of Tic-Tac-shaped UFOs that moved in a bizarre fashion.
This is an incident that comes up pretty much every time the subject of UFOs is discussed; it's a rare example of a phenomenon that can't be explained away by questioning the observer's credibility. Pilot David Fravor has gone on record multiple times, insisting that he saw proof of advanced alien weaponry that could kick off a real-life War of the Worlds.
That said, it's important to note that not all experts are convinced. Many believe this is more an Orson Welles War of the Worlds situation, in which a benign incident spreads the rumor of mass panic. One expert believes that the San Diego sighting is the result of a fixed camera angle that makes the UFO look more impressive than it actually is, while another sighting of a similar UFO ultimately turned out to be a birthday balloon.
If the most compelling UFO case in history is also subject to speculation and skepticism, it's probably not wise to assume that the US government is making as much headway as Kean would like people to believe.
The subject of UFOs is very polarizing. Some people genuinely believe that they exist (sometimes in the absence of adequate proof), while others refuse to entertain the notion that these reports could be real (despite an occasional lack of an adequate alternative explanation).
For now, we'll just have to keep watching the skies, and hope that, one way or the other, we'll eventually figure out what's going on up there.