While world headlines are dominated by Covid-19, the Pentagon quietly and unceremoniously released to the public the three gun-camera videos of Unidentified Aerial Phenomena which have been circulating since 2017. CNN covered the story. This comes some seven months after the Navy confirmed that the videos in circulation were authentic and do indeed depict US pilot encounters with unidentified aerial phenomena.
The three videos popularly titled Gimbal, Tic-tac, and Go-Fast have become the most-featured UFO evidence in history, appearing in innumerable new stories, articles, films, television features, documentaries, and blogs like this. The new officially released versions of the video do not reveal any new information. They are the same videos we’ve been watching for more than two years. So what is the significance of an official Pentagon release of the videos?
The Pentagon explains, “After a thorough review, the department has determined that the authorized release of these unclassified videos does not reveal any sensitive capabilities or systems and does not impinge on any subsequent investigations of military air space incursions by unidentified aerial phenomena.” Hold on a second, what was that last thing you just said? So you’re saying that there are investigations of UFO incursions into our airspace? But it just so happens you aren’t investigating these particular encounters any longer?
That still doesn’t explain the strange decision to make an official release of the videos. The Pentagon is not in the habit of releasing other pieces of UFO evidence that it isn’t currently investigating. As Senator Harry Reid noted, the release “only scratches the surface of research and materials available.” If Louis Elizondo and To the Stars Academy had not leaked these three videos, we would have never seen them at all.
One wonders what the Pentagon had to gain by making an official public release of the three videos. Perhaps it was simply an attempt to get UFO sleuths off their backs. A Pentagon spokesperson said the videos were released “in order to clear up any misconceptions by the public on whether or not the footage that has been circulating was real, or whether or not there is more to the videos.”