Approximately 2,780 pages of previously classified CIA documents detailing the agency’s findings on UFOs are now publicly available to read and download, Smithsonian Magazine reports.
According to Vice, a website known as The Black Vault (which identifies itself as “the largest privately run online repository of declassified government documents anywhere in the world”) recently published an archive filled with free downloadable PDF files containing the CIA’s notes on what the agency refers to as unidentified aerial phenomena, or UAPs.
John Greenewald Jr., the site’s owner and creator, obtained the newly digitized documents by filing a series of Freedom of Information Act requests, Smithsonian Magazine reports. According to the site, Greenewald received the documents on a CD-ROM and spent the past several months converting the files into searchable PDFs. Vice reports that some of the documents date as far back as 1980s.
According to Greenewald, the CIA vowed the documents in the CD-ROM included every file the agency had regarding UFOs, but Greenewald notes on his website that “there may be no way to entirely verify that,” The Guardian reports.
Before obtaining the CD-ROM, Greenewald had experienced previous success receiving documents from the CIA, but it was apparently not an easy task. In an interview with Vice, he said:
“Around 20 years ago, I had fought for years to get additional UFO records released from the CIA. ... It was like pulling teeth! I went around and around with them to try and do so, finally achieving it. I received a large box, of a couple thousand pages, and I had to scan them in one page at a time.”
CNET reports that Greenewald tweeted out a message on Wednesday stating that The Black Vault had received over 30 million visits in the 24 hours that followed the new archive going live.
In addition to the documents found on The Black Vault, the CIA separately uploaded dozens of downloadable records that detail UFO sightings and other inexplicable events to its Freedom of Information Act Electronic Reading Room, Smithsonian Magazine reports. The files reportedly span from the 1940s through the 1990s.
The newly-released documents arrive one month after Congress passed a 5,600-page COVID-19 relief bill which included a provision that called for the public release of UFO-related documents. According to a New York Post article, officials from the Department of Defense and intelligence agencies are now required to “submit a report … to the congressional intelligence and armed services committees on unidentified aerial phenomena” within 180 days of the bill’s ratification.
UFO documents released by CIA are 'real-life X-Files,' expert says
The CIA's decision to declassify more than three decades worth of UFO documents is a "real-life X-Files," according to one expert.
Nick Pope, a former employee and UFO investigator for Britain's Ministry of Defense, said there are some "fascinating" documents in the files, which are more than 2,700 pages. However, the odd manner in which they were released and difficulties searching them will "fuel conspiracy theories."
"There's an irony in the UFO community expecting to find a smoking gun in material released by an organization they believe is part of a cover-up, and recent revelations about the Pentagon's AATIP program and the [Unidentified Aerial Phenomena] Task Force suggest anyone looking in CIA files for the answer to the UFO mystery is looking at the wrong agency," Pope said in an email to Fox News. "Perhaps these are the documents the government wants people to see, a bit like a magician who does something flamboyant with one hand, to draw people's attention, while the important thing is going on in his other hand, behind his back."
CIA RELEASES UFO 'BLACK VAULT' DOCUMENTS EARLY HOW TO SEE THEM ONLINE
The Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program (AATIP) was formed in 2007 at the behest of former Sen. Harry Reid, Fox News previously reported. It reportedly ceased operations in 2012, but in 2017 The New York Times reported the Department of Defense was still investigating potential episodes of unidentified flying objects.
The recently released documents were uploaded to The Black Vault, a government-centric website run by John Greenewald Jr., who obtained them via a number of Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests over the past few decades.
Last year, Greenwald purchased the CD-ROM that was created by the CIA. In a statement on his website, Greenwald said the CIA "claims this is their 'entire' declassified collection," but added there is no way to verify that. "Research by The Black Vault will continue to see if there are additional documents still uncovered within the CIA’s holdings."
There are a number of individual documents in the release, including the 1976 story of a government official being handed intelligence on countless UFO sightings.
2020: A YEAR OF UFO NEWS ALMOST TOO STRANGE TO BELIEVE
Perhaps coincidentally, the U.K. also released its so-called "X-files," a document trove of reported UFO-related sightings early last year. The Royal Air Force ran a UFO unit for 50 years but shut it down in 2009 after coming to the conclusion that none of the reports offered evidence of a real threat.
After the U.K.'s decision to publish reported UFO sightings online, 61% of Americans surveyed said they wanted the U.S. government to do the same.
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The release of the nearly 2,700 pages of declassified documents comes just a couple of weeks after the New York Post reported that the latest COVID-19 relief and government funding bill gave the Pentagon six months to reveal what they know about UFOs.
In August, the Pentagon announced it was establishing a task force to "detect, analyze and catalog" unidentified aerial phenomena.
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You Can Now Explore the CIA’s ‘Entire’ Collection of UFO Documents Online
Approximately 2,780 pages of Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) documents detailing the government entity’s findings on unidentified flying objects (UFOs) are now available for anyone to read and download.
As Brandon Specktor reports for Live Science, the Black Vault’s collection features UFO-related records declassified by the CIA since the 1980s. The site’s owner, John Greenewald Jr., obtained the newly digitized documents—said by the CIA to represent the entirety of its UFO collection—by filing a series of Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests.
“The Black Vault spent years fighting for them, and many were released in the late 1990s,” writes Greenewald in a blog post. “However, over time, the CIA made a CD-ROM collection of UFO documents, which encompassed the original records, along with the ones that took years to fight for.”
Greenewald purchased the CD-ROM in mid-2020 and has spent the past several months converting its contents into searchable PDF files. Per Live Science, highlights of the trove include a 1976 account in which the government’s former assistant deputy director for science and technology is handed a cryptic piece of information about a UFO and a document centered on a strange, late-night explosion in a tiny Russian town.
“Around 20 years ago, I had fought for years to get additional UFO records released from the CIA,” Greenewald tells Vice’s Samir Ferdowsi. “It was like pulling teeth! I went around and around with them to try and do so, finally achieving it. I received a large box, of a couple thousand pages, and I had to scan them in one page at a time.”
In other recent UFO news, the CIA itself separately uploaded dozens of downloadable records about UFO sightings and inexplicable events from around the world to its FOIA Electronic Reading Room. The files span the 1940s through the early 1990s, according to Nexstar Media Wire.
The agency’s data dump arrives one month after Congress’ passage of the 5,600-page Covid-19 relief bill, which included a provision calling for UFO-related documents’ disclosure. Within 180 days of the bill’s ratification, report Steven Greenstreet and Steven Nelson for the New York Post, officials from the Department of Defense and intelligence agencies must “submit a report … to the congressional intelligence and armed services committees on unidentified aerial phenomena” (the government’s preferred term for UFOs).
UFOs have long held a place in popular lore. According to Encyclopedia Britannica, the phenomenon became a major topic of public fascination after World War II, when rocket technology was first developed. Businessman Kenneth Arnold made the first widely recognized UFO sighting in 1947, when he claimed he’d seen nine objects flying through the air “like saucers skipping on water.”
As similar reports of unexplainable flying objects became more frequent, the U.S. government established multiple projects tasked with logging UFO sightings. Between 1952 and 1969, the most famous of these—Project Blue Book—recorded more than 12,000 sightings, per Encyclopedia Britannica. More recently, public interest in UFOs has grown thanks to the Advanced Aviation Threat Identification Program (AATIP), a secret government organization that operated from 2007 to 2012.
UFO enthusiasts like Greenewald have long sought to make information about these mysterious objects more accessible.
Speaking with the Columbia Journalism Review’s Shaun Raviv last May, Greenewald said, “I like to give people the raw information, the uneditorialized version, so they can make up their own mind.”
CIA Declassifies Hundreds Of Local, International UFO Documents
Has anyone seen a UFO like the one recently spotted flashing in the sky in New England?
The CIA just made it a little easier to find out.
Earlier this month, January 2021, the Central Intelligence Agency declassified 700 files about unidentified aerial phenomena (UAPs) aka unidentified flying objects (UFOs), according to multiple media reports including Fox, the Daily Mail, and the Black Vault, clearinghouse of declassified government documents with an emphasis on UFOs.
On Thursday, Jan . 7, a video purportedly of a UFO flying over Northampton, Massachusetts, hit the web. Joe Douglass posted a nearly 2-minute video of a “possible UFO” to YouTube. As of Thursday, Jan. 14, the video had been viewed more than 1,300 views.
The video shows what looks like a white, occasionally translucent hexagon spinning and flashing various colors against a completely black background. The item appears to move in circles as well as up and down, left and right, and seems larger at some times than others. The colors flashing include blue, green, purple, and white.
Douglass said he reported the sighting to the National UFO Reporting Center and the Massachusetts National Guard but has not heard back from either organization.
UFOs: FACT OR FICTION
While they are available, searching the CIA’s declassified UFO documents is difficult.
It’s not clear by searching the CIA’s online catalog - “UFOs: Fact or Fiction?” - which of its 1,730 files on UFOs were recently released. The “lookup by date” function had not been updated to include 2021 and a random sample of the documents showed that not all of them actually contained UFO information.
Among the files that were viewed by the Daily Voice that did contain UFO information, were fascinating interdepartmental letters about UFO investigations, concerns about public perception, redacted accounts of UFOs, records of UFO sightings across the world, and reports on what scientists, as well as armchair alien watchers, were up to. Some of the documents go back as far as the 1940s.
Among the CIA UFO documents are “German Scientist’s Article on ‘Flying Discs,’” “Light Phenomena East of Tashkent,” “Minutes of Branch Chief’s Meeting of 11 August 1952,” “Saucers Sighted Over Spain and French Africa,” and “Flying Saucers Problem.”
It does not appear that the CIA believes a UFO from another planet has ever been spotted by Earthlings, as the agency describes the UFO sightings in its collection as “unsubstantiated.”
HARTFORD PROJECT BLUE BOOK
The Black Vault website makes searching the CIA's UFO information a bit easier. One of the most recent declassified CIA UFO reports posted to Black Vault is an account of “Project Blue Book” a UFO sighting over Hartford, Connecticut in September 1960.
In the case file, a witness described an object falling “like a green flame from the sky. It was shaped like a cone about 1ft high. Upon landing it started a fire in the backyard shed of the property."
The Air Force determined the item was “slag,” a glass-like byproduct of separated materials. However, a discovery of similar material in Woodbridge, Connecticut, raised doubts for at least one Southern Connecticut professor of Earth Sciences who wrote the CIA in 1960 seeking more information.
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The truth is out there … perhaps: CIA releases thousands of UFO files
The truth is out there. Well, maybe. Thousands of documents from the CIA on unidentified flying objects were released this week in a document dump that the agency says includes all their records on UFOs.
The documents are currently available on the Black Vault, an online archive of declassified government documents, after the site’s founder John Greenewald Jr, purchased a CD-Rom the CIA had made with its UFO documents. About 2,700 pages were included in the collection, what the agency says are all the files it has on UFOs, but Greenewald notes on his website that “there may be no way to entirely verify that”.
Some of the reports, including one about mysterious explosions in a Russian town and another with a first-hand account of a strange sighting of a flying object near Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan, are the sort of reads that you might expect to find in a science fiction novel rather than official government documents. But some of the documents are difficult to read, and what exactly they were used for is unclear. Greenewald told Vice’s Motherboard that the intelligence agency put the documents together in an “outdated” format that makes it hard to parse the collection.
“The CIA has made it INCREDIBLY difficult to use their records in a reasonable manner,” he wrote to Motherboard. “This outdated format makes it very difficult for people to see the documents, and use them, for any research purpose.”
The document dump comes just as UFOs – or, as the US government calls them, unidentified aerial phenomena (UAP) – seem to have caught the attention of lawmakers in Congress.
The government funding bill Congress passed at the end of December, which included the $900bn coronavirus stimulus, instructed the director of national intelligence and secretary of defense to release a report on UAPs in six months’ time.
The Senate’s intelligence committee, which wrote the directive, said intelligence and defense agencies should note any “links to adversarial foreign governments” and “the threat they pose to US military assets and installations” in the report, suggesting that lawmakers are wondering if a US adversary could be in charge of strange UFO sightings.
Three videos that were leaked from and eventually released by the US defense department in April of last year showed unidentified objects in airspace that were captured on tape during pilot training flights. The pilots could be heard noting the speed and shapes of the objects.
The former US senator Harry Reid, who was at the helm of previous efforts to investigate UFOs, retweeted the video writing: “The US needs to take a serious, scientific look at this and any potential national security implications. The American people deserve to be informed.”
In August of last year, the defense department created a UAP taskforce to “detect, analyze and catalog UAPs that could potentially pose a threat to US national security” after lawmakers pressured the department to make more serious inquiries into UAP sightings following the release of the videos.
Senator Marco Rubio, a Republican from Florida who leads the Senate intelligence committee, suggested in an interview with a Miami news station that lawmakers are more concerned about technological advancement from US adversaries than signs of extraterrestrial life.
“Frankly, if it’s something from outside this planet, that might actually be better than the fact that we’ve seen some sort of technological leap on behalf of the Chinese or the Russians or some other adversary,” he said.
The CIA released thousands of UFO documents online. Here’s how to read them
The CIA has declassified a massive, long-awaited trove of documents related to UFO sightings over the last 70 years, stoking excitement among those who want to believe in aliens — and frustration among those who want to actually find the proof.
Now the truth is (perhaps) out there in a .ZIP file, though it might take some dedicated digging to find it. The documents deal primarily with UFOs, which by definition remain a mystery.
The Black Vault, a UFO enthusiast site and clearing house for related government files, recently published approximately 2,700 pages of the declassified documents provided by the CIA. The new disclosure amounts to over 2,700 pages of scanned documents involving Unidentified Aerial Phenomena (UAP), which is the U.S. government’s term for UFOs.
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The CIA told the Black Vault that the disclosure includes its “entire” collection of UAP documents, though there’s no way to know for sure.
Site founder John Greenewald, Jr. spent decades trying to get his hands on the documents through Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) laws, and he finally succeeded last year. The CIA dumped the files onto a CD-ROM, so Greenewald uploaded everything to his website on Jan. 7.
The full archive is available for download through the Black Vault site. It consists of 713 PDF files with sequentially numbered titles. Specific cases are impossible to find without opening each document, and some of the documents are decades-old scans that are hard to read.
Nevertheless, the Black Vault has done its best to make each document searchable.
“Many of these documents are poorly photocopied, so the computer can only ‘see’ so much to convert for searching,” Greenewald writes on his website. He also suggested that the CIA had deliberately made the documents hard to parse, perhaps to slow people down.
Greenewald and other eager ET hunters have already started combing through the documents and posting their suspicions online.
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The Black Vault hosts more than 2.2 million pages of government documents obtained through approximately 10,000 FOIA requests, Greenewald says.
The site also has a history of obtaining high-profile disclosures. In 2019, for example, a U.S. navy spokesperson confirmed that three leaked government videos of UFOs were legitimate.
The Pentagon declassified the videos and released them to the public last year, citing the need for pilots to feel comfortable reporting such phenomena.
The disclosure stoked new excitement about the possibility that alien life might have visited Earth, though there remains no definitive proof of such claims.
Speculation flared up again late last year after Israel’s former head of space security claimed there was a “Galactic Federation” of aliens who didn’t want humans in their club. He also claimed that the heads of the U.S. and Israel were in touch with the aliens, and that the extraterrestrials had helped set up human bases on Mars.
He did not provide evidence to support his claims.
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Congress demanded last December that the Pentagon release some of its classified UAP-related documents within 180 days, as part of a bizarre add-on to the United States’ latest COVID-19 relief bill.
The Pentagon is due to brief Congress on the matter in the coming months.
As of this writing, the CIA has not commented on the Black Vault release.
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CIA releases entire collection of UFO-related documents to truth-seeking website
More than three decades' worth of government UFO records are now yours to download and peruse, thanks to the efforts of some intrepid truth-seekers.
The massive data dump includes more than 2,700 pages of UFO-related documents declassified by the CIA since the 1980s. (The U.S. government also calls them "unidentified aerial phenomena, or UAP). According to The Black Vault — an online repository of UFO-related documents operated by author John Greenwald Jr. — the documents were obtained through a long string of Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests filed over the last quarter century .
Over time, so many requests piled up that the CIA created a CD-ROM full of declassified documents, known as "The UFO collection." In mid-2020, Greenwald purchased the CD-ROM, and he recently finished uploading its contents as a series of searchable PDF files on his website. (You can find them at The Black Vault.)
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The documents cover dozens of incidents, including the 1976 account of the government’s then-Assistant Deputy Director for Science & Technology being hand-delivered a mysterious piece of intelligence on a UFO, to the description of a mysterious midnight explosion in a small Russian town.
"Although the CIA claims this is their 'entire' [declassified] collection, there may be no way to entirely verify that," Greenwald wrote in a statement on The Black Vault website. "Research by The Black Vault will continue to see if there are additional documents still uncovered within the CIA's holdings."
The data dump arrives months before officials from the U.S. Department of Defense and intelligence agencies are due to appear before Congress and spill their guts on everything they know about UFOs, the New York Post reported. A provision attached to the nearly 5,600-page COVID-29 relief bill passed in late December 2020 requires the agencies, "to submit a report within 180 days … to the congressional intelligence and armed services committees on unidentified aerial phenomena."
The provision follows a banner year for UFOs, when startling footage of an unidentified object darting around several U.S. Navy planes in 2004 and 2015 was finally declassified.
While the new data dump is significant, it's also just a drop in the bucket of The Black Vault's enormous archive. The website reportedly contains more than 2.2 million pages of UFO-related material in its archive, which Greenwald obtained through more than 10,000 FOIA requests. According to the Vault website, Greenwald filed his first FOIA request in 1996, when he was just 15 years old.
Originally published on Live Science.
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