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US paid millions for UFO research on strange flying objects

The US Department of Defense confirms that it has been quietly investigating unexplained aerial phenomena. The program ran at the Pentagon from 2007 to 2012. The New York Times writes that on Saturday.

The so-called Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program cost $ 22 million annually. Only a handful of diplomats were aware of the program. The scientists involved have always been very critical, stressing that unexplained phenomena are not necessarily evidence of extraterrestrial life.

According to the paper, the program came about under the impetus of Harry Reid, the Nevada senator, who led the Democratic Group in the upper house from 2005 until January this year, when he left Congress. The more left-wing Democrats obtained a majority in the Senate after winning the 2006 parliamentary election.

Most of the $ 22 million for the program went to Bigelow Aerospace, which is located in Reid’s home state. The company, which still has federal contracts, including with NASA, is owned by multi-billionaire Robert Bigelow, whom the NY Times describes as a friend of Reid.

The NY Times reports that the officer who has led the program since 2007, Luis Elizondo, says it continued after funding ceased in 2012. In addition to their day-to-day duties, affected employees reportedly continued to investigate unusual phenomena and suspicious objects. Elizondo left the Pentagon in October.