Well, it’s been an interesting 48 hours as news spread across the world about the Defense Department officially releasing the three Navy videos that were originally released through the work of Tom DeLonge’s To the Stars Academy of Arts and Science. While the videos certainly aren’t new to any of us following the UFO topic for the last couple years, it is an official release. Here was the statement by the Department of Defense on April 27th, 2020:

The Department of Defense has authorized the release of three unclassified Navy videos, one taken in November 2004 and the other two in January 2015, which have been circulating in the public domain after unauthorized releases in 2007 and 2017.  The U.S. Navy previously acknowledged that these videos circulating in the public domain were indeed Navy videos.   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. DOD is releasing the videos 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. The aerial phenomena observed in the videos remain characterized as “unidentified.” 

Credit: Department of Defense

So, having been directly involved with the request to obtain these videos, the director of government programs for To the Stars Academy, and former director of the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program, Luis Elizondo, had to chime in. And while the videos weren’t meant for public consumption upon declassification and distribution to Elizondo and others, the Defense Department seems to be playing catch-up when it comes to these videos. The wording in their official statement is interesting, saying that the videos do not reveal any sensitive capabilities or systems. Perhaps this is true in relation to what we see in the limited amount of footage, but it’s clear we may never get to see these videos in full. What could the complete videos represent? We may never know. Either way, on April 28th, Elizondo responded to the Department of Defense’s statement in an official To the Stars Academy statement of his own:

“In these uncertain times, it is more important than ever that governments speak the truth to their citizens, as it is the most important pillar of a Democracy. We commend the leadership at the Department of Defense for sharing the truth and TTSA is optimistic that they will continue to share more information transparently as it becomes publicly available.”

“At To The Stars Academy, we do not fear skepticism and will continually work to decrease doubt around the topic of the existence of UAPs. We are fueled by the Pentagon’s significant actions and hope this encourages a new wave of credible information to come forward. We acknowledge and stand by those who have the courage to always speak the truth, no matter how difficult or complex the issue is.”

Credit: To the Stars Academy of Arts & Science

So while these videos will continue to circulate, and mainstream news articles will repackage them with sensational headlines, we’ll continue to bring you any developments in NEW UFO videos and news as it is rolled out, both by To the Stars Academy and the public-at-large.

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Featured Image credit: To the Stars Academy of Arts & Science

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Ryan Sprague is an author, screenwriter, and playwright splitting homes between New York City and Los Angeles. He is also an investigative journalist specializing in the topic of UFOs. He's interviewed witnesses in all walks of life about UFO sightings and possible encounters with extraterrestrials. He's spoken exclusively with military and intelligence officials who have convinced him of a legitimate and authentic phenomenon involving highly advanced aerial threats to our skies. He is the author of Somewhere in the Skies: A Human Approach to an Alien Phenomenon and is also a contributing writer to the anthology, UFOs: Reframing the Debate. He is the creator and host of the Somewhere in the Skies Podcast on the Entertainment One Podcast Network and is a frequent contributor to the Rogue Planet news site. Speaking on the UFO topic, he has been featured on ABC News, Fox News, The Science Channel, and is a regular on The Travel Channel's hit television series, Mysteries at the Museum. His work can be found at http://www.somewhereintheskies.com

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