In an interview with Bill Clinton in 2015, Jimmy Kimmel asked the former president about UFOs. “If I were President–and I never will be,” he said, drawing laughter, “the first thing I would do after putting my hand on the Bible and taking that oath to serve the country, I probably wouldn’t finish the oath, I would run to the White House, I would demand to see all the classified files on UFOs….did you do that?”
Clinton, ever the politician, gave an earnest answer, admitting that he’d always had an interest in the subject of extraterrestrials and had invested considerable effort into discovering whether they had ever visited the Earth. His answer: they haven’t. Would he tell us if they had? He would.
Then he essentially restated the same weird thing Reagan said in 1987 at the United Nations — that maybe it would be better off if aliens did arrive because it’s probably the only thing that could unite the people of Earth.
Since around the time of this interview, there has been a slow drip of unprecedented information regarding UFOs, or, as they are commonly referred to now, UAP (Unidentified Aerial Phenomena). Now, a stunning new report from the New York Times has exposed a secret project established by the Defense Department’s Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program to study UFOs. The project was formed after a congressional appropriation of $22 million in black ops money, authorized by then-Senate majority leader Harry Reid, was funneled to billionaire entrepreneur and UFO enthusiast Robert Bigelow, whose aerospace research company has been investigating UAPs for years.
Bigelow made headlines earlier this year when he professed his certainty of an alien presence.
“There has been and is an existing presence, an ET presence,” he said during a 60 Minutes interview. “And I spent millions and millions and millions ― I probably spent more as an individual than anybody else in the United States has ever spent on this subject.”
According to a high-level military intelligence official, Luis Elizondo, Bigelow’s company and program officials collected metal alloys recovered from unknown crafts. These officials have also questioned military service members who reported UFO encounters and other people who reported close encounters.
In an interview with the Anti-Media, UFO researcher and author Richard Dolan said that a report like this coming from an establishment paper like the New York Times is important because it confirms once and for all that the Pentagon has intensely researched the UFO phenomenon in recent years, something that has previously been denied. Dolan also said there are “clearly other efforts going on that we are not being told about.”
But while government officials have been reluctant to go on record, the Disclosure movement has gained steam in recent years. In 2013, Dolan joined forty researchers and military/agency/political persons of high rank and station for the Citizens Hearing On Disclosure, which petitioned Congress to open up classified UFO documents. In 2015, Wikileaks released interesting UFO files that didn’t confirm any sightings but revealed diplomatic files concerning them.
Earlier this year, Tom Delonge, a member of Blink-182 who has become an intrepid UFO researcher, launched To The Stars Academy of Arts & Science (TTS/AAS), a corporation devoted to studying unexplained phenomena. Delonge says the NYT report is just the tip of the iceberg.
“We believe there is sufficient credible evidence of unidentified aerial phenomena that proves exotic technologies exist that could revolutionize the human experience,” his company’s website reads.
Up until now, however, no one working inside the government was willing to confirm UAPs. The NYT report marks a critical moment in taking these conversations out of the realm of speculation and showing that the Pentagon is actively researching UFO activity. The congressional team spearheading the black budget program aimed at UFOs also included Senator Daniel K. Inouye, who, before his death in 2012, also made headlines for a particularly profound quote he made regarding black budgets and secret agendas.
“There exists,” he said, “a shadowy government with its own Air Force, its own Navy, its own fundraising mechanism and the ability to pursue its own ideas of the national interest, free from all checks and balances, and free from the law itself.”
Some have argued that perhaps the UAPs are actually secretive terrestrial technology that the government does not want to disclose. After all, Special Access Programs (SAP), or “deep black programs,” were allocated 52.6 billion dollars in the fiscal year 2013. It seems unlikely that the government would fund one black program — to, say create advanced propulsion technology — and then fund another program to investigate phenomena resulting from that technology.
Also, the nature of the reported incidents suggests that high-level military personnel have been shocked by certain details of UFO movement. TTS/AAS recently released two encounters that have been declassified and approved for public viewing.
One encounter from 2004 was recorded from inside a Navy F/A-18, considered one of the best aircraft, and features a glowing aura, traveling and rotating at high speed. While they are observing the phenomena, one Navy pilot says to the other, “There’s a whole fleet of them.”
According to Dolan, visitors who are so easily toying with pilots of such advanced aircraft would be in possession of “technology that’s way beyond not only what we can do but what we can even imagine.”
The government program studying these encounters and the physical evidence discovered by Bigelow’s company, says Mr. Elizondo, was defunded in 2012, at which point he worked with the Navy and CIA. In October, he resigned in protest of the program’s secrecy. In his resignation letter, he told Defense Secretary Jim Mattis of the need to take seriously “the many accounts from the Navy and other services of unusual aerial systems interfering with military weapon platforms and displaying beyond-next-generation capabilities.”
Are we getting closer to some kind of Disclosure event? Would government officials even be allowed to say something if they wanted to?
When he left office a year ago, former President Barack Obama did a series of appearances, and one of them was on the Jimmy Kimmel show. Kimmel asked a familiar question. He even worded it the same way.
“If I was president, and it’s unlikely that’s ever going to happen…” he said, eliciting a joke from Obama. “The moment I was inaugurated my hand would still be hot from touching the Bible, and I would immediately race to wherever they have the files about Area 51 and UFOs and I would go through everything to find out what happened. Did you do that?”
“I can’t reveal anything,” Obama said, suddenly becoming very serious.
“Oh really,” Kimmel continued. “Because President Clinton said he did go in and he did check, and there was nothing.”
“That’s what we’re instructed to say,” Obama said, smiling.