For decades, a group of former Navy fighter pilots has been trying to keep close tabs on UFOs. But, in a shocking turn of events, the Navy is reportedly discontinuing that research program. Instead, the U.S. Department of Defense is launching a brand new unit designed to track UFOs and report evidence to federal authorities, the Associated Press reports.
“There’s always been an incentive for the Navy to cover up UFOs,” former Captain Thomas Feeley, an active member of the Naval group, told the Washington Post. “They can sort of shift the blame to the military establishment. The truth doesn’t care where the buck stops.”
Feeley said the word from the military was that it was no longer needed. “The only reason we were doing it is for budgetary reasons,” he told the Post.
In 1987, NASA sent astronaut Edgar Mitchell to the moon to collect samples and bring back information. He discussed his experiences with an audience at the American Astronomical Society in November 2007, admitting that he saw “over 30 strange and strange-looking objects out there,” but that when he tried to use his Navy skills to help those of his fellow astronauts, the mission was hampered by the government.
“They refused to allow me to go to the commanders in the Navy to report any of this stuff,” he said. “In spite of all my attempts to explain what’s going on, they’ve pulled back the shutters and now sit on their hands.”
In 1995, American astronaut Buzz Aldrin told The Guardian that he had seen a close encounter of the third kind, alluding to an encounter with a UFO on the moon.
“We saw a light — a triangle with a rectangular object at the center, four or five of us in a chaise longue, sitting facing each other,” he said. “That’s when I saw it was a UFO and I didn’t even know what a UFO was. It came so very close you could almost touch it.”
Dr. Elmore Leonard, a physicist and Air Force veteran who previously ran the Pentagon’s Alien Studies Board, said that the decision to quit studying UFOs could pose a problem.
“The study of these phenomena is an important area of scientific inquiry,” he told the Washington Post. “Until UFOs are thoroughly researched, new knowledge about these phenomena will be elusive.”
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