Last December, believers and skeptics alike were shocked by the emergence of a creepy video clip depicting an alleged encounter between a US Navy plane and one or more unidentified flying objects. If you’re one of the few who missed that story, here’s the footage in question:
As you can imagine, that clip quickly went viral, and soon made international headlines – especially since it coincided with a jaw-dropping new revelation from the New York Times, in which the US government officially acknowledged the existence of the Advanced Aviation Threat Identification Program (AATIP), a top-secret Pentagon initiative studying reports of UFO activity (among other things) over a period between 2007 and 2012.
You can read all the bizarre details of this X-FILES-like expose in the Times… but despite the expected treasure-trove of declassified UFO info, the process of digging through the AATIP’s history seems to have hit a few roadblocks since the story broke.
According to a recent blog post on The UFO Trail, UFO investigator Jack Brewer’s recent requests to the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) for access to certain declassified AATIP files – including copies of contracts with private aerospace companies – has been delayed, due to what the DIA calls “unusual circumstances.”
The response from FOIA officer Alesia Y. Williams cited possible reasons why the request has been stalled… including the possibility that clearances from other government agencies may be required before more documents can be revealed.
It may simply be a matter of bureaucratic red tape holding up the process, but until those materials are delivered, we can only speculate about the sudden holdup… and continue to puzzle over what’s in those mysterious missing files.