The US government spent $22 million from the $600 billion annual Defense Department budget on the secret UFO investigation program known as the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program (AATI). It ran from 2007 to 2012 by former U.S. Army intelligence official Luis Elizondo. This clearly states that although the Project Blue Book was shut down in 1969, the US Air Force continued its investigation into the UFOs.
In the recent UFO disclosure reports by the Pentagon, there was a continued debate on USS Nimitz “Tic Tac” UFO incident and the navy pilots’ encounter. Some experts claimed that the UAPs could have been some advanced aircraft made by Russia or China. Apart from it all, there are the Podesta-Fish emails that contain the shocking details about the UFOs.
In 2016, Wikileaks revealed thousands of emails that were allegedly linked to Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman John Podesta. The tranche of emails thrilled the Internet when reporters associated with the New York Times were working on the groundbreaking story entitled “Glowing Auras and ‘Black Money’: The Pentagon’s Mysterious U.F.O. Program.”
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What was in the emails? To understand it, let us take a brief note on John Podesta and Bob Fish.
Podesta was a political consultant who served as the White House Chief of Staff under President Bill Clinton from 1988 to 1995 and as a counselor to Barack Obama from 2014 to 2015. He is a famous personality among UFO enthusiasts for his constant interest in UFOs.
He admitted that his biggest failure in 2014 was not to ask the government in the Obama administration for the release of UFO files. During Hilary Clinton’s election campaign in 2016, he declared he would convince Clinton to declassify as many UFO files as possible.
During the 1990s, Laurance Rockefeller took an initiative encouraging the government to release classified information about UFOs. The matter was already common in the White House. In 1998, The Post quoted Press Secretary Mike McCurry.
“John can get totally maniacal and phobic on certain subjects,” McCurry said. “He’s been known to pick up the phone to call the Air Force and ask them what’s going on in Area 51.”
Back in 2016, some emails between Podesta and a former IT contractor Bob Fish were leaked. Fish worked as Director of Advanced of Programs in Network Equipment Technologies from 1984 to 1993. He had been managing a highly classified, global network for a major DoD intelligence agency. Besides, he was involved in several “national interest” activities such as Desert Storm / Desert Shield and Operation Just Cause.
The information leaked in the emails might change our perspective on UFOs. On March 5, 2015, Fish wrote an email to Podesta where he suggested that fuzzy photographs, crop circles, and witnesses accounts would not help to prove the existence of the UFOs.
“What was needed, he continued, was “hard scientific data collected from instruments that are known to be accurate and reliable.” Which, he added, was available “if one knows ‘where to look’ and ‘what to look for.”
He claimed that the federal government had been collecting data on UFOs since the 1970s, using the Defense Support Program (DSP) satellites.
In his next email to Podesta, Fish shared an incident that happened with him in El Segundo, a city in California. After the Project Blue Book was shut down, Fish met with a USAF official who worked on the program.
He told Fish that “there were times when they were diverted from these missions to track UFOs off the east coast of Florida. His claim was the UFOs had a landing and takeoff spot in the ocean east of Miami, north of Bermuda. He also claimed there was a specific electronic signature (frequency) emanating from them when they were going into or coming out of the water, so they were easy to track. On several occasions, they filmed the UFO as it transitioned from water to air or vice versa.”
This encouraged Fish, reaching to the conclusion that the Project Blue Book was never dismantled, just disappeared from the public eyes in 1970. The AATIP is a good example that the Pentagon’s interest in UFOs has never vanished.