It is what UFO enthusiasts have been dreaming of: major publications like The New York Times are reporting on the Advanced Aviation Threat Identification Program (AATIP) and a video was released by the Department of Defense of an encounter with an unknown object near San Diego that has been kept secret for almost fourteen years. Here is an example from the NY TIMES.
The outing of the AATIP and its investigation “confirms something that has been believed for many years…that these sightings are still happening,” Mark Rodeghier, president and scientific director of the J. Allen Hynek Center for UFO Studies told LiveScience. “We just were not learning about them.”
According to Jan Harzan, the executive director of the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON), this is a “turning point in the study of UFOs.”
For Harzan, the breakthrough is overdue. MUFON has been investigating and researching UFOs since 1969. So far, they have been able to reach three conclusions: (1) UFOs are real; (2) they represent extremely advanced technology; and (3) “tremendous breakthroughs will happen if we make it safe for our scientists and engineers to study this phenomenon unimpeded. These breakthroughs involve the fields of propulsion, energy, communication, biology and consciousness, to name just a few.”
The new reports indicate that the U.S. government has been taking the issue seriously, despite showing very little public interest. Project Blue Book historically concludes that “there has been no evidence indicating that sightings categorized as ‘unidentified’ are extraterrestrial vehicles.” But that could change, according to Alejandro Rojas, spokesman for the Scientific Coalition for Ufology (SCU).
Rojas firmly supports the scientific study of the UFO phenomenon and believes information needs to be released to the scientific community for analysis.
“We don’t know what these things are,” Rojas told Space.com. “Just because we get uncomfortable with the idea of aliens does not mean we should not investigate when the people who pilot our most advanced technology say they encounter something that outclasses their aircraft. It would be highly negligent not to investigate.”
The question at hand seems to be why this information is being released now—and whether there is more to come.
Source: LiveScience, space.com