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Why The US Navy Is Keeping UFO Sightings Confidential.

Reporting and investigating extraterrestrial sightings will now become official within the U.S. Navy as it has set up a system for reports coming from pilots about unidentified flying objects. 

But while the Navy plans to monitor any possible UFO sightings, information about these objects and possible extraterrestrials won't be released to the public, according to ( The Washington Post . The Navy is planning to keep the details of these "X-Files"-worthy happenings confidential due to the privileged and confidental information the reports usually contain. 

"Military aviation safety organizations always retain reporting of hazards to aviation as privileged information in order to preserve the free and honest prioritization and discussion of safety among aircrew," Joe Gradisher, a spokesman for the Office of the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Information Warfare, told The Washington Post. 

According to the spokesperson, the general public shouldn't expect any information about UFO sightings from the Navy beyond this announcement of an official investigative system.

The Navy said in a statement released to ( Politico , which broke the story of the new program, that it hopes to remove any negative connotations on the reporting of UFO-related incidents as these objects could be militarized aircraft from other countries. 

"There have been a number of reports of unauthorized and/or unidentified aircraft entering various military-controlled ranges and designated air space in recent years," the Navy said. "For safety and security concerns, the Navy and the [U.S. Air Force] takes these reports very seriously and investigates each and every report."

This is not the first time the U.S. government has reportedly tackled UFOs and extraterrestrials. 

Back in 2017, reports surfaced that there was a secret "UFO" office in the Pentagon. Over the span of five years, the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program (AATIP) reportedly dropped $22 million to observe and examine strange and threatening aeronautical events. The office apparently stopped receiving funds in 2012, but the program may continue to this day.

After reports of AATIP came out two years ago, two declassified videos were made public by the Defense Department, ( The New York Times previously reported. The clips showed pilots discussing an unusual aircraft that seemed to accelerate rapidly despite not having any recognizable means of propulsion. The mysterious UFOs could reportedly travel thousands of feet in an instant.

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Publication:International Business Times - US ed.
Date:May 3, 2019
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