The U.S. Navy confirmed they have unreleased footage of unidentified flying objects, aka UFOs or unidentified aerial phenomena (UAP). According to the Department of Defence, they are choosing not to release it. A Navy spokesperson confirmed the agency has footage but will not release the clips to the public, fearing it would "harm national security." Here's what to know.
The agency responded to a Freedom of Information Act request filed by The Black Vault, a government transparency site, which has released tons of information regarding UFO-related documents. The Black Vault filed the FOIA request with the Navy over two years ago, right after the agency shared three videos shot by pilots who captured high-tech aircraft moving in unexplainable ways. The Black Vault requested that the Navy hand over any related information to the situation. But the government has officially responded, denying the request to give forth any more information but confirming more UAP videos exist.
According to Gregory Cason, the deputy director of the Navy's FOIA office, "The release of this information will harm national security as it may provide adversaries valuable information regarding Department of Defense/Navy operations, vulnerabilities, and/or capabilities," he explained. "No portions of the videos can be segregated for release," he added. Cason continued to explain that the videos released in 2020 were already leaked to the media and were already "discussed extensively in the public domain," but it would be impossible to release further information due to national security concerns.
When responding to The Black Vault's request, the U.S. Navy did not attempt to hide the existence of any UAP videos, which are currently being withheld from the public. This only indicates that there is more evidence of their existence that we are unaware of. However, the exact details will continue to remain secret. The Department of Defense held its first public hearing on UFOS earlier this year for the first time since the 60s, signaling the subject has become more apparent over the past few years. The hearing reviewed a June 2021 Pentagon report which disclosed Navy pilots had spotted 144 UAP sightings since 2004, causing the DOD to open a new office primarily focused on managing reports of UFO sightings by the U.S. Navy, Air Force, and Army. Stay tuned while this story develops.