These four questions need to be answered in 2020 to solve the mystery of UFOs

You might not know it, but we’re currently living in a golden age of ufology.

In the 20th century, anyone who saw mysterious objects in the sky was dismissed as a crank or a fraudster.

But that changed almost exactly two years ago when a bombshell article published in the New York Times revealed the existence of a shadowy US government project called the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program (AATIP) which gathered information about ‘unidentified aerial phenomena’ (UAP).

This secret programme gathered information on at least three sightings of aircraft travelling at impossible speeds which were recorded by US airmen or military personnel.

In the most famous incident revealed during the uncovering of AATIP, two Navy pilots chased a ‘whitish oval object, about the size of a commercial plane’. This ‘Tic Tac’ UFO was observed off the coast of San Diego in 2004 and followed by two by jets launched from the USS Nimitz.

Since this report, details of the strange and almost unbelievable work carried out by AATIP has slowly leaked into the public domain. And in that time, Metro has worked closely with Nick Pope, a former Ministry of Defence UFO investigator, to cover all the revelations.

Now he’s set out four questions which need to be solved in order for us to solve the UFO mystery once and for all.

He told Metro: ‘We’ve recently passed the second anniversary of the New York Times story revealing the existence of the Pentagon’s AATIP (Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program) initiative, and in those last 2 years the UFO phenomenon has come out of the fringe and into the mainstream.

‘Expectations are high that 2020 will bring further bombshell revelations, but it’s difficult for the UFO community and the wider public to navigate this complex story. There’s information overload, with so much data that most people struggle to identify the parts of the story that are not just interesting, but important.

‘To help people focus on the key issues, I’ve used my insider knowledge of having run the UK government’s UFO project to identify four critical questions. The answers would clear up much of the confusion.’

Of course, it’s worth remembering that we have no official explanation of the sightings yet. The advanced aircraft could be experimental flying machines built secretly by the US Government or even one of its enemies. Last year, we uncovered a patent granted to the US Navy for an exotic aircraft which used ‘mass-reduction’ technology to reduce its mass and lessen inertia (an object’s resistance to motion) so it can zoom along at high velocities.

Although we don’t know if the patented tech was used in a real aircraft, the invention was so advanced that it resembled the anti-gravity mechanisms found in science fiction movies.

AATIP researchers also investigated wormholes, invisibility cloaking, warp drives and high energy laser weapons during a probe into UAP.

So what’s really going on in our skies? Here are the questions Nick Pope hopes to solve this year in order to crack the mystery once and for all.

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What is the US Government’s current ‘best assessment’ of the objects depicted in the 3 US Navy videos?

‘Everyone has been asking the wrong question. People ask “what are the objects” and this opens the door to responses such as a previous statement from a spokesperson which said: “The Navy considers the phenomena contained/depicted in those three videos as unidentified.”

‘Fair enough, but we know President Trump and various Senators have been briefed on this and I know from my MoD experience as a briefer that you never go into such meetings with an assessment that goes no further than “we don’t know”.

‘That’s because even if that’s true, the follow-up question is: “Fine, but what’s your best current assessment?”

‘And when you’re dealing with senior political leadership, you simply must have something meaningful to offer, when that inevitable question is asked. The best assessment may be wrong – think of the Iraqi weapons of mass destruction – but there absolutely will be one!’

Nick Pope greets fans and supporters at an AlienCon event

What’s the truth about the ‘metamaterials’?

Early media reports about AATIP talked about buildings at Bigelow Aerospace – the company which got the AATIP contract from the DIA – being modified to store materials said to have recovered from UAP which are called metamaterials.

‘Just when this story was being dismissed with the suggestion that the debris was mainly material sent in by UFO witnesses and researchers over the years, Luis Elizondo stated that while some material did indeed come from the public, some came from “governmental sources”.

‘Additionally, it was revealed that the US Army had signed a research and development agreement with Tom DeLonge’s To The Stars Academy of Arts & Science – the non-profit group for whom Luis Elizondo and other key players in AATIP now work. This isn’t the first time that the military seemed to step in to keep the story going, just when things were dying down. That’s interesting, because it reverses the usual situation where the military tries to downplay or kill off UFO stories.

‘Isotopic ratio analysis and x-ray diffraction will be able to determine if any of these materials have been in space, or if there’s anything unusual about their structure. These tests are so obvious that they must already have been carried out. One would expect the US Army to know this and to know the results, so the fact that they’re still interested is potentially telling here.’

Navy Pilots Were Seeing UFOs on an Almost Daily Basis in 2014 and 2015. (Picture: U.S. Department of Defense)
These pictures were taken by cockpit-cameras (Picture: U.S. Department of Defense)
Pilots were shocked disbelief by what they saw (Picture: U.S. Department of Defense)

Why is the Pentagon walking back on its earlier admission that AATIP investigated UAP?

Early official statements about AATIP described it as being a program to assess “far-term foreign advanced aerospace threats to United States” and added “including anomalous events (such as sightings of aerodynamic vehicles engaged in extreme manoeuvres, with unique phenomenology, reported by U.S. Navy pilots or other credible sources)”.

‘A May 2019 statement to New York Post journalist Steven Greenstreet from a US Navy spokesperson confirmed that AATIP “did pursue research and investigation into unidentified aerial phenomena”.

‘However, in a recent statement to UFO researcher John Greenewald Jr., a Pentagon spokesperson stated  that AATIP was not UAP related’.

‘This contradicts former DIA official and AATIP point man Luis Elizondo, who said “AATIP was a 100% UFO program”, as well as former Senate majority leader Harry Reid, who set up AATIP. To further complicate matters, in January 2019 DIA’s Office of Corporate Communications released to me a copy of a DIA letter to Congress where they attached “a list of all products produced under the AATIP contract”, which included studies into anti-gravity, invisibility, stargates, warp drive, wormholes and the Drake Equation, the latter being a theoretical construct designed to estimate the number of other civilizations in our galaxy – clearly not something you’d need to know if the concern was Russian and Chinese aircraft.

‘Whether it’s the President or someone in Congress, someone needs to step in and sort out this mess, because at present we have one part of the government saying one thing, while another says something else. It’s farcical and it makes everyone look foolish.

What’s the status of Congressional interest in all this?

‘There’s been previous interest in AATIP and the US Navy encounters from several parts of Congress: the Armed Services Committee, the Intelligence Committee and the Homeland Security Committee. There have also been suggestions that the Space subcommittee and/or the Emerging Threats and Capabilities subcommittee should be involved.

‘However, the fact that Congress has two chambers – the Senate and the House of Representatives – complicates things. The public don’t know what committee or subcommittee – if any – has the current lead on all this, what documents have been generated by this Congressional activity and how much of this documentation will be releasable under the Freedom of Information Act.

‘It’s also not known whether or not this Congressional interest will evolve into formal hearings and, if so, whether these will be public hearings, or closed hearings, as may be the case if much of the information is highly classified.’


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