'Poltergeists' Found in New Pentagon Report Show Secret UFO Program Didn't Stop at Aliens
When the New York Times first ran its story on the Pentagon's secret UFO program, the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program, there was a while where it seemed to be the real deal: a big budget, a major partnership with an aerospace company with access to experts, and a director (Luis Elizondo) who seemed credible enough to argue that UFOs were a serious phenomenon.
Then Elizondo started making some more outlandish claims, like that alien spaceships used drives that warped space and time to achieve aerial acrobatics, or that Bigelow Aerospace, one of the program's former partners, had 'alien alloys' that were not of this Earth.
Now, an anonymous senior manager involved in the program has claimed that the program went far, far beyond unidentified flying objects: "bizarre creatures, poltergeist activity, invisible entities, [and] orbs of light" were all being investigated.
According to this senior manager, all of these seemingly unconnected subjects were part of Bigelow Aerospace's "Advanced Space Studies" organization, which was created especially for its role in the Pentagon's AATIP program.
For BAASS, the question of UFOs went far beyond encounters like the Nimitz Incident's run-in with a potential alien aircraft—in fact, aircraft weren't even considered to be the chief object of interest:
"The exclusive focus on nuts and bolts machines could be considered myopic and unproductive in solving the larger mystery of UFOs."
Instead, BAASS decided that poltergeists and weird animals were also in their wheelhouse, and began developing a new way to examine evidence for them:
"One of the major successes of BAASS was in adopting the novel approach of utilizing the human body as a readout system for dissecting interactions with the UFO phenomenon. This novel approach aimed to circumvent the increasing evidence of deception and subterfuge by the UFO phenomenon in that multiple eyewitnesses co-located in the same vicinity frequently reported seeing widely different events. The evidence was multiplying that the UFO phenomenon was capable of manipulating and distorting human perception and therefore eyewitness testimony of UFO activity was becoming increasingly untrustworthy."
In essence, it seems BAASS (and by extension, the AATIP program) decided to take eyewitness testimony off the table as evidence and invent a new and arcane process that did confirm the phenomena they were trying to prove.
If this is true, then this whole story has stopped being about "the government's secret UFO program" and become "that pseudoscience horse-and-pony show the Pentagon blew millions of dollars on."