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The US Government’s Mandated June UFO Intelligence Report: Timeline of Key Events, Important Players

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In 2007, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nevada) created the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program (AATIP). The agency's purpose was to record, track, and investigate UFOs or unidentified aerial phenomenon (UAPs). The program lasted (officially) from 2007 until 2012. The head of the program was Luis Elizondo. After Luis Elizondo resigned from the program, he would become a major whistleblower and authority on UAPs and the vast amount of information that the military has and withholds. Luis Elizondo in 2017 would be a key player for a company formed by the front man for Blink-182, Tom Delonge. Tom Delonge co-founded (and currently is both the Chairman of the Board and interim CEO) a company called To The Stars Academy. Harold E. Puthoff and Jim Semivan were the other co-founders. It is a company wholly dedicated to studying and tracking UFOs or, as they are now referred to as UAPs (unidentified aerial phenomenon). On their website, they state: "TTSA collects documents and physical materials from public and private sources related to the UAP phenomena to study it and then transitions the transformative technologies behind it to wider applications of public benefit. The company's consulting and research arm features top former officials from the Pentagon, CIA, Department of Defense, and Lockheed Martin Skunkworks." To The Stars Academy (TTSA) released three shocking videos from the US Navy. The videos were of very graphic footage of navy pilots interacting with UAPs. The videos were filmed initially from the cockpit in 2004 and were released between December 2017 and March 2018 by TTSA. Finally, in response to the videos published by TTSA in September of 2019, the Pentagon officially released the videos and declared them as authentic navy footage. (Pentagon Officially Releases UFO Videos by Michael Comte, April 29, 2020, cnn.com) Another video in 2021 was released, and again the Defense Department confirmed that the leaked video was authentic. (Defense Department Confirms Leaked Video of Unidentified Aerial Phenomena is Real by Chandelis Duster, April 18, 2021, cnn.com)

TTSA was increasing their public profile, especially Blink-182's Tom Delonge and Luis Elizondo. Through podcast interviews and other high profile spots on television, print, and social media, the two men continued to express their belief that not only is there an abundance of proof regarding UAPs, but that the Pentagon is sitting on an enormous amount of hard evidence and is keeping the truth from the Congress as well as the people. The combination of TTSA influence and the video leaks from the US Navy lead the US congress to demand answers from the intelligence community and the Department of Defense. The first step was in August of 2020 when the Defense Department formed a UAP task force to "'detect, analyze and catalog UAP's that could potentially pose a threat to US national security.' This new task force was formed because of the now-infamous three leaked videos of the US Navy showing navel pilots directly engaging with UAPs." (The Truth is Out There Perhaps: CIA Releases Thousands of UFO Files by Lauren Aratani, January 13, 2021).

The most recent dramatic event was at the end of December 2020. After another released video from the US Navy and mounting pressure from the general public, Congress felt pressed to act further and demanded through a law that a report based on all of the intelligence and findings from the Department of Defense and other agencies surrounding UAPs be created and made available to them as well as the public. This demand for a report on UAPs was included in a Covid stimulus bill. "The government funding bill Congress passed at the end of December, which included $900 billion coronavirus stimulus, instructed the director of national intelligence and secretary of defense to release a report on UAPs in six months' time." (The Truth is Out There Perhaps: CIA Releases Thousands of UFO Files by Lauren Aratani, January 13, 2021).

So now we wait until the June deadline to hear the official findings from both US intelligence and the US military on UAPs. The run-up to this deadline has certainly been riveting. There have been gripping interviews of the navel pilots who had engaged with the UAPs and incredible interviews from Luis Elizondo (especially his interview for the New York Post's The Basement Office with Steven Greenstreet, April 30, 2021). Additionally, a handful of US senators are coming out and talking about the expected report. Most of the time, the emphasis—especially between the senators and the mainstream press—is that the UAPs might be advanced technology from an adversarial nation. There is a definite avoidance of the term UFO and the idea that these unidentified aerial objects might come from someplace besides Earth and be created by beings that are not human. The embarrassment is palatable in these interviews, which was one reason they changed the term UFO to UAP to destigmatize the issue. They found that military pilots and ship captains were embarrassed to speak out about their interactions with UFOs. If they wanted thorough and accurate reporting, they needed to find a way to rebrand and reframe the issue.

In an odd twist, Senator Marco Rubio talking to Fox Business said that he thought the UAP matter was of extreme importance to US security. However, he went on to say that he doubted that the promised report would be forthcoming on its mandated June 2021 deadline. (UFO Report Might Miss Deadline According to Senator Rubio by Duncan Phenix, March 24, 2021, News Channel 3 Memphis, wreg.com) So I suppose the big question now is will we get a report in June, and what will be revealed if we do?

Below is one of the best and most thorough interviews of David Fravor, the US Navy Pilot who was the primary witness of one of the most incredible and thoroughly documented UAP encounters in history. It is a must-watch. Lex Fridman is an AI researcher at MIT and does some of the most rigorous scientific interviews on the web.

Jennifer Barnick is a painter and writer. She studied painting at the San Francisco Art Institute. She founded Twenty-two Twenty-eight. “One of the most exciting aspects of Twenty-two Twenty-eight is building a channel for artists and writers to share their work with the world.” You can follow Jennifer on her Instagram here.

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