Newly declassified video footage shows Navy pilots sighting an unknown craft that some speculate is of alien origin.
The footage was released to To the Stars Academy of Arts and Sciences (TTSA), a private research and media group, on Friday, ABC News reported. The group is led by former U.S. Central Intelligence Agency member James Semivan and NASA and U.S. Department of Defense adviser Dr. Hal Puthoff.
To the untrained eye, the black and white video appears grainy and the unidentified object looks like a dot or a small square, but it is apparently an authentic DoD video showing a 2015 encounter with a low altitude, high speed object without wings or a tail that flew off the East Coast, ABC News reported.
Chris Mellon, TTSA adviser and former deputy assistant secretary of defense for intelligence under presidents Clinton and George W. Bush, criticized the national security agencies for not researching what is behind the strange objects in the sky, ABC News reported.
"Nobody wants to be 'the alien guy' in the national security bureaucracy; nobody wants to be ridiculed or sidelined for drawing attention to the issue," Mellon said to The Washington Post in an interview.
The DoD confirmed to ABC News that a program for investigating these incidents existed until 2012, but other funding priorities took over and it was defunded and disbanded, the Post reported.
Two other videos with potentially fast-moving, unidentifiable objects in them were declassified in December and were published by The New York Times, USA Today reported.
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