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AATIP has sparked a renewed interest in UFOs


Posted on Monday, 5 March, 2018 | Comment icon 44 comments

The program has helped to validate UFOs as a legitimate topic of study. Image Credit: US Army
The US government's recent foray in to UFO research has helped to reignite interest in the phenomenon.
Known as the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program (AATIP), the top secret initiative, which aimed to investigate credible reports of UFOs, ran from 2007 to 2012.

The revelation was unexpected, especially given that the last official government investigation in to the UFO phenomenon - Project Blue Book - ended over 50 years ago.

While it remains unclear what, if anything, AATIP found during its investigations, the news of its existence has since led to something of a resurgence of interest in UFOs and UFO research.

"The researchers in this area have always speculated and wondered what is going on behind the scenes," said investigative journalist and author Leslie Kean.

"Is there a government investigation into this? And now we know that the answer is yes."

"It just establishes a credibility for the topic for people to know that our government takes it seriously enough to have put financial resources into it and to have studied it for all these years."

Kean also hopes that the reveal will help reduce the stigma of conducting research in to UFOs.

"Professional people feel like they're going to be laughed at, and it's the same problem for scientists and academic institutions and universities and research facilities who want to work on this topic, but they feel that it would be detrimental to their careers," she said.

Source: wtop.com | Comments (44)

Tags: UFO, Pentagon

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #35 Posted by Fila on 9 March, 2018, 6:10
Thank you. I can easily get triggered into anger so its nice to have a calm discussion. I can see that you are not being rude.., you are just straight to the point, and don't have the time to sugar coat words. I noticed that... but I keep trying. Thank you for the advice. Google always has the best search abilities.., its hard for websites to keep up I guess. I'll do that from now on. That is so true. The subject is massive and has so many avenues you could take depending on what data you look at. I.e. watching Ancient Aliens and YouTube clips, compared to reading de-classified documents from ... [More]
Comment icon #36 Posted by psyche101 on 9 March, 2018, 9:12
She's a journalist. No scientific background. Her forte is exaggeration.  She doesn't investigate the phenomena, she seeks out tall tales, writes books about them and attacks real scientists to create controversy, she's just another rubbish UFOlogist.  She is just making things up again. Think about it, scientists already are very familiar with scientific method and how to prove something. If they have evidence they know the best way to present it. The myth that they fear reprisal just doesn't make sense. The only ones who are not coming forward are zealous claimants who know they can't fill t... [More]
Comment icon #37 Posted by ChrLzs on 11 March, 2018, 10:02
This sentence speaks volumes, Fila.  Think about why you said it.......  "Appalling"?  Why? First up, there is plenty of evidence for UFOs, when you use the correct definition.  Lots of stuff never gets positively identified - that's the nature of bad recordings of distant lights in the sky, often taken by inexperienced observers... None of that 'data' shows anything conclusively non-terrestrial.  So even if we change the definition of UFO to one that you like.... ..  if there is no evidence (as you seem to concede) of 'it', be 'it' aliens/interdimensionals/insertwhatever.... why on earth woul... [More]
Comment icon #38 Posted by Hawkin on 11 March, 2018, 20:08
It would seem there's money to be made on both sides. Michael Shermer (Skeptic Magazine) Net Worth. https://networthpost.com/net-worth/michael-shermer-net-worth/ 
Comment icon #39 Posted by Dejarma on 11 March, 2018, 20:21
yep, everyone's happy- oh joy
Comment icon #40 Posted by Fila on 16 March, 2018, 7:49
Hi ChrLzs. I am using the term UFOs to refer to cases that are yet to be positively identified. We are discussing the correct use here and would appreciate any input you have. (https://www.unexplained-mysteries.com/forum/topic/314101-redefining-the-term-ufo/) I think the lack of evidence is due to the event still being in the "observation" stage. Until 1980 with Hessdallen's scientific observatory.., the Airforce and Universities have relied on witness testimonies and reports. Kinda lame and weak imo. https://www.physics.smu.edu/pseudo/UFOs/dod174.pdf  I don't want to change it to one that sui... [More]
Comment icon #41 Posted by stereologist on 17 March, 2018, 13:23
The call for better research or different into UFOs reminds me of astrology. When something like astrology is shown to be wrong there is the refrain, "You didn't do it right." Here we have the suggestion that " There is no scientific evidence due to a lack of proper scientific inquiry. " Is that correct? I think this is just another effort to apply the old astrology logic to research into UFOs. Unlike astrology the idea is that the data collection is wrong rather than the experiment set up by the researcher being wrong. What is readily apparent is that even when simple ideas such as the ground... [More]
Comment icon #42 Posted by Fila on 31 March, 2018, 8:49
Yes. If people keep saying they have seen something.., then I guess that is means to look into it. Not ignore it. Especially if these people are so adamant they've seen something. Don't worry about money. It wouldn't be government funded by tax. Probs end up being a university thesis or private company / GoFundMe type thingy. I'm all for it hey. Screw the old ways of saying no. Let's have a go hey?
Comment icon #43 Posted by Fila on 31 March, 2018, 9:07
I know everyone is sick of hearing it.., but something like the Hessdalen observation station. http://www.hessdalen.org http://www.hessdalen.org
Comment icon #44 Posted by stereologist on 3 April, 2018, 15:33
None of this addresses my statement.


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