The US Navy has denied a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request for additional videos showing sightings of unidentified flying objects (UFOS). The Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, Michael Gilday, hinted in the September 7 cancellation that there were corresponding Navy recordings of “unidentified aerial phenomena”. However, a relevant working group has stated that the videos requested contain “sensitive information” and are therefore classified as classified information.
“Releasing this information harms national security,” explains Gary Cason, who serves as the bureau’s deputy head of freedom of information requests. Opponents could receive valuable information about “operations, vulnerabilities and/or capabilities” of the US Department of Defense or the Navy. Therefore not even excerpts from the recordings could be cut out and published for publication.
The explanation is reminiscent of the disturbing sentence with which ex-Federal Minister of the Interior Thomas de Maizière (CDU) tried to explain the cancellation of an international match against the Netherlands in 2015: “Some of these answers would unsettle the population.” Otherwise, US military authorities usually deny FOIA requests about UFOs with the standard announcement that they neither confirm nor deny having such records. This time the secrecy is at least more plastic.
No more videos found
The reason for the freedom of information request for the US transparency site “The Black Vault” was the official publication of three Navy UFO videos in April 2020 by the Pentagon. The creator of the portal, John Greenewald, then first contacted the Naval Air Systems Command (Navair), which had published the recordings with the titles FLIR1, Gimbal and GoFast. It was not until March 2022 that the command reported that it had allegedly found no other relevant videos.
At the same time, The Black Vault had already submitted a request to the Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI). This allowed 17 months for the information that the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations would be responsible if further UFO videos should exist.
Contrary to usual practice, the designated Office of the Chief of Naval Operations gives additional details for its decision in its cancellation published by the portal. The situation regarding the three previously published videos is therefore “unique in that these videos were first published through unofficial channels before they were officially released”.
“These events were widely discussed in public,” Carson continues. Big news channels even had special programs about it. “Given the amount of information about these encounters in the public domain, it was possible to release the files without further harm to national security.”
More leaks in the future
There could be more such leaks in the future. The US House of Representatives is pushing for a secure process for whistleblowers to report sightings of UFOs and similar aerial phenomena without fear of reprisals. However, even with the planned reporting system, all information would first have to be checked “in order to prevent unauthorized public reporting or a threat to military and intelligence systems, programs and activities associated with them that have been properly classified as secret”.
The number of unexplainable relevant observations by the US military has increased significantly in the past year, as was recently made clear at a hearing on UFOs in the US House of Representatives. There are therefore no indications that the inexplicable celestial objects are of extraterrestrial origin. Deputy Secretary of Defense Ronald Moultrie, who is responsible for military intelligence, actually promised the representatives of the people more transparency about unidentified aerial phenomena. The Black Vault says it has appealed the refusal to release the videos.
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