Pentagon explains refusal to declassify more UFO videos — Analysis

Although the Navy acknowledged that it had additional footage, it cited national security concerns as a reason for not releasing it.

US Military claims it holds footage of mysterious “Unidentified Aerial Phenomena” (UAP) – more commonly known as UFOs – but cannot release it over national security concerns, claiming the “sensitive” videos could compromise America’s defenses.

A 2020 Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request filed by a UFO disclosure organization, the Black Vault, was finally answered by the Naval Air Systems Command in recent days, with the agency stating that the Pentagon’s UAP task force had located relevant material, but would not be releasing it.

“The UAP Task Force has responded back…and have stated that the requested videos contain sensitive information pertaining to Unidentified Aerial Phenomena (UAP) and are classified and are exempt from disclosure in their entirety,”The response letter stated that they had received the information and would respond accordingly “will harm national security,”It could “provide adversaries valuable information regarding Department of Defense/Navy operations, vulnerabilities, and/or capabilities.”

The Black Vault’s FOIA request came soon after the Navy released three unclassified videos showing UAPs, acknowledging the footage was authentic, even if unexplained. More than two years later the Black Vault received a response from the military. It explained that it had not previously provided footage but that that material had been released to media outlets. “discussed extensively in the public domain.”

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“Given the amount of information in the public domain regarding these encounters, it was possible to release the files without further damage to national security,”Continue reading the letter. 

The strange sights captured on video by sailors and airmen remain unexplained, but the government’s space agency has clarified that there currently “no evidence UAPs are extra-terrestrial in origin.” That hasn’t stopped NASA from joining the hunt for UFOs, however, as it recently commissioned a study aiming to demystify the issue, noting that a lack of verifiable data “makes it difficult to draw scientific conclusions about the nature of such events.”

The military acknowledged that the FOIA request has been denied and offered several options to the UFO transparency organisation. With the Navy citing major national concerns, however, it’s unclear whether any appeal would be successful.

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Since 2017, UFOs have been the subject of increased public discussion. In 2017 it was disclosed that the Pentagon had a program called the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program. This was responsible for identifying UAPs. Three leaked videos of UFO encounters between 2004 and 2015 were captured by the military. Several hearings have been held on the topic, including one in which lawmakers brought in representatives from the military to give testimony on UAPs.

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