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Government UFO Programs

by Countable | 12.19.17

What’s the story?

Politico and the New York Times broke stories over the weekend about a Pentagon-funded program focused on studying Unidentified Flying Objects (UFOs), the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program. But that was not the first program of its kind, as the federal government has been researching UFOs for over 60 years now.

The Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program, funded with $22 million of "black money", was initiated in 2007 and supposedly disbanded in 2012. Yet the military official in charge of the program, Luis Elizondo, did not resign from the Pentagon until October 2017. He insists that officials previously affiliated with the program have continued to investigate reports by service members until the present day.

The Air Force has been studying UFOs since 1942, so the Threat Identification Program shouldn’t come as much of a surprise. Project Sight, Project Grudge and then Project Blue Book investigated over 12,000 sightings, 701 of which were never explained before Project Blue Book was officially disbanded in 1970.

The federal funding focus had shifted by then to space exploration. The first U.S. Moon landing was in 1969.

In 1973, that left a young, Georgia politician named Jimmy Carter, with no one to report his possible UFO sighting to but the National Investigation Committee on Aerial Phenomenon (NICAP), a civilian research group.

What was the federal government doing about sightings from 1970 to 2007? That's classified, we guess.

And now the focus has turned again to the far reaches of space. President Trump signed a directive calling for manned missions to the Moon and Mars last week.

What do you think?

Should the federal government be investigations UFOs? Should we be investing in space travel or the building of bases on the Moon? Have you seen a UFO?

Tell us in the comments what you think, then use the Take Action button to tell your reps!

— Asha Sanaker

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  • Sheryl
    12/19/2017
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    While Stephen Hawking has warned us to not invite aliens to our planet due to possible hostile intent, I’m not fully convinced that they have not already arrived and embody the entire Republican Congress and administration.

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  • Donna
    12/19/2017
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    Anyone who believes earth is the only place in the universe that is inhabited is both delusional and arrogant. I do not, however, wish my government to spend my tax dollars to prove me wrong (or right). There are American citizens living in poverty, homeless and in need of food, clothing and reliable, affordable healthcare. If the government has some spare cash to throw around, investing in that experiment seems like a much better choice.

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  • RadicalModerate
    12/20/2017
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    We are aliens. Along with much of the life here.

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  • Stephanie
    12/19/2017
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    No I haven't seen the UFO.

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  • Thomas
    12/20/2017
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    Unnecessary.

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  • Gerald
    12/20/2017
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    Look trump already established a commission to investigate three million alien voters in California. Just add this to their responsibility. It’s a natural fit.

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  • AngelaWood
    12/21/2017
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    God! I certainly hope aliens don't land here bc if we had to take them to our leader they'd assume we are all fucking morons.

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  • Terry
    12/20/2017
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    The Truth Is Out There....

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  • RedtheRose
    12/27/2017
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    It’s no surprise even given the release of information from other governments including our own. I do not think it’s smart to think they’ll be angels of light, they are anything but.

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  • Christine
    12/20/2017
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    Aliens are too smart to deal with the despicable ways of our species as embodied by the GOP.

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  • Kitty
    12/19/2017
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    Wait, so let’s invest in a program looking to validate little green men, and people who need assistance, well let them eat cake

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  • Lara
    12/19/2017
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    Three words: Secret Space Program

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  • Azrael
    12/20/2017
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    Explains a lot Maybe the pres is an Edgar Edgar on outside giant cockroach on the inside Hubris is the only word to use, If you believe we are alone in the universe

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  • Matthew
    12/20/2017
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    Can they just abduct the Manchurian and his administration, that would make the world a better place . . .

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  • John
    12/20/2017
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    Yes, I’ve seen one but didn’t report it and learned recently it’s called a “Foo”. Not sure we need a base on the Moon but need to stay ahead of the Chinese and Russian efforts.

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  • Christa
    12/20/2017
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    Literally. What is happening in the world?! I can’t this week. Lol

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  • Chris
    12/20/2017
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    This is simply a distraction. Yes, space exploration is important. No, there are no aliens that we need to be immediately concerned about. We need to make sure help our planet survive the next decade before looking beyond it.

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