The U.S. Navy is holding unseen videos of unidentified flying objects (UFOs) — or unidentified aerial phenomena (UAP), as the Department of Defense (DOD) prefers to call them — but will not release the footage because it “considers national security.” would harm, ” a Navy spokesman wrote: Wednesday (Sept. 7).
The confession came in response to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request filed by government transparency site The Black Vault, which previously shared thousands of pages of UFO related documents received via FOIA requests to the CIA and other government agencies. The Black Vault filed the FOIA request with the US Navy in April 2020 – just one day after the Navy released the declassification three now infamous videos shot down by naval pilots showing high-tech planes moving in seemingly impossible ways. The Black Vault requested that the Navy now hand over all other videos related to UAP.
More than two years later, the government responded with a letter both confirming the existence of more UAP videos and rejecting the request to transfer them over national security concerns.
“Disclosure of this information will harm national security because it could provide adversaries with valuable information about the Department of Defense/Navy’s operations, vulnerabilities and/or capabilities,” wrote Gregory Cason, deputy director of the FOIA office of the United States. the Navy, in a reply letter. “No parts of the videos can be separated for release.”
Cason added that the Navy could only release the three UAP videos released in April 2020 because the videos had previously been leaked to the media and had already “been extensively discussed in the public domain.” The Navy deemed it possible to officially release the footage “without further damage to national security,” Cason wrote.
Interestingly, in its response to The Black Vault’s request, the Navy made no attempt to hide the existence of additional UAP videos. There are clearly more videos of unexplained UFO encounters in the Navy records, but how much and what they depict will remain a mystery for now.
However, it is clear that the US military takes the potential threat posed by UAP very seriously. In May 2022, the DOD held its first public hearing on UFOs since the 1960s. The hearing mainly discussed a Pentagon report from June 2021 which found that U.S. Navy pilots had reported 144 UAP sightings since 2004. More recently, the DOD announced that it will receive federal funding to open a new office focused solely on managing reports of UFO sightings by the United States Army, Navy and Air Force.
Originally published on Live Science.