Explore the CIA’s ‘Entire Collection’ of UFO Documents Online

Article by Isis Davis-Marks                                          January 15, 2021                                       (smithsonianmag.com)

• Since he was 15 years old, John Greenewald Jr. has been researching and collecting US declassified government UFO reports, mainly through the filing of Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests. He stored his collection of UFO reports received since the 1990s in his website known as ‘The Black Vault’. Greenwald says that it was especially difficult getting any FOIA responses from the CIA. Finally, about 20 years ago, the CIA sent him a box containing a couple thousand declassified UFO documents dating back to the early 1980s which he scanned one by one and loaded onto his website repository.

• The CIA has maintained a ‘FOIA Electronic Reading Room’ of all declassified UFO files. With the revelation of a Pentagon UFO program that existed from 2007 to 2012 known as the Advanced Aviation Threat Identification Program, public interest in UFOs dramatically increased. Then the recent passage of the Covid-19 relief bill triggered a 180 day deadline for the DoD and intelligence agencies to submit a report on ‘unidentified aerial phenomenon’ – government-speak for UFOs.

• In response to the pressure to release UFO documents, the CIA began collecting their declassified UFO files for public release. “[O]ver time, the CIA made a CD-ROM collection of UFO documents, which encompassed the original records, along with the ones that took years to fight for,” says Greenwald. Greenewald purchased the CD-ROM in mid-2020 and spent several months painstakingly converting its contents into searchable PDF files. Highlights of the trove include a 1976 account in which the government’s former assistant deputy director for science and technology is handed a cryptic piece of information about a UFO, and a document centered on a strange, late-night explosion in a tiny Russian town.

• With the addition of the trove of documents on the CIA’s CD-ROM, The Black Vault now holds about 2,780 pages of CIA documents on UFOs for the public to read and download. This is said to represent the entirety of the CIA’s UFO collection. In addition, the CIA has uploaded dozens of records about UFO sightings and inexplicable events from around the world – spanning the 1940s through the early 1990s – to its FOIA Electronic Reading Room.

 

Approximately 2,780 pages of Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) documents detailing the government entity’s findings on unidentified flying objects (UFOs) are now available for anyone to read and download.

As Brandon Specktor reports for Live Science, the Black Vault’s collection features UFO-related records declassified by the CIA since the 1980s. The site’s owner, John Greenewald Jr., obtained the newly digitized documents—said by the CIA to represent the entirety of its UFO collection—by filing a series of Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests.

      John Greenewald Jr.

“The Black Vault spent years fighting for them, and many were released in the late 1990s,” writes Greenewald in a blog post. “However, over time, the CIA made a CD-ROM collection of UFO documents, which encompassed the original records, along with the ones that took years to fight for.”

Greenewald purchased the CD-ROM in mid-2020 and has spent the past several months converting its contents into searchable PDF files. Per Live Science, highlights of the trove include a 1976 account in which the government’s former assistant deputy director for science and technology is handed a cryptic piece of information about a UFO and a document centered on a strange, late-night explosion in a tiny Russian town.

“Around 20 years ago, I had fought for years to get additional UFO records released from the CIA,” Greenewald tells Vice’s Samir Ferdowsi. “It was like pulling teeth! I went around and around with them to try and do so, finally achieving it. I received a large box, of a couple thousand pages, and I had to scan them in one page at a time.”

In other recent UFO news, the CIA itself separately uploaded dozens of downloadable records about UFO sightings and inexplicable events from around the world to its FOIA Electronic Reading Room. The files span the 1940s through the early 1990s, according to Nexstar Media Wire.

The agency’s data dump arrives one month after Congress’ passage of the 5,600-page Covid-19 relief bill, which included a provision calling for UFO-related documents’ disclosure. Within 180 days of the bill’s ratification, report Steven Greenstreet and Steven Nelson for the New York Post, officials from the Department of Defense and intelligence agencies must “submit a report … to the congressional intelligence and armed services committees on unidentified aerial phenomena” (the government’s preferred term for UFOs).

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Top 10 Exopolitics Stories for 2020

2020 was big year for exopolitics and UFO disclosure with multiple mainstream news sites reporting major developments. Legacy media is now regularly discussing UFOs/UAPs and extraterrestrial life, along with the latest developments with the US Space Force. I discussed my list of the Top 10 Exopolitics news stories with Corey Goode on Zoom (see video below) to get his take on what they mean for “full disclosure”. I consider Corey, along with the late William Tompkins, to be one of the most informed, legitimate and accurate insiders about secret space programs, extraterrestrial life, etc., with significant evidence to back up his claims, as I have discussed previously.

I will go into detail about my  the Top 10 list with slides and news videos on January 3 in the upcoming Ascension, Exopolitics & Disclosure Conference with Laura Eisenhower, John DeSouza and Neil Gaur. This promises to be an exciting webinar discussing what happened in 2020 and what we can expect in 2021.

What follows is the zoom video with Corey and my list with links to relevant exopolitics.org articles published earlier in 2020.

Happy New Year Everyone!

Michael E. Salla, Ph.D.

 


Top Ten Exopolitics Stories for 2020

  1. Professor Haim Eshed revelations on US ET agreements and Galactic Federation https://exopolitics.org/controversy-over-israeli-scientist-claims-of-us-alien-agreements-galactic-federation/
  2. Signing of Artemis Accords – https://exopolitics.org/artemis-accords-are-a-first-step-to-a-space-nato-future-star-fleet/
  3. Eric Davis Briefings to Pentagon Congress on alien reverse engineering https://exopolitics.org/what-was-revealed-in-classified-ufo-briefings-to-congress-pentagon/
  4. Mike Turber revelations on Navy Tic Tac sightings being part of USAF SSP https://exopolitics.org/tic-tac-ufos-revealed-in-2005-briefing/
  5. Salvatore Pais Patent application on nuclear fusion gets published in prestigious journal https://exopolitics.org/paper-on-nuclear-fusion-reactor-for-hybrid-spacecraft-published-in-prestigious-journal/
  6. Space Center to be established at Ramstein Air Base, Germany https://exopolitics.org/nato-creates-space-center-in-germany-in-move-towards-future-star-fleet/
  7. Space Force completes first year with official logo, recruits, bases, doctrinal documents and Guardian name https://exopolitics.org/space-force-sets-priorities-to-prevent-future-space-war/
  8. Trump received secret briefing that Roswell UFO involved time traveling humans https://exopolitics.org/roswell-ufo-crash-to-be-officially-disclosed-as-time-traveling-future-humans/
  9. Congress asks Intel Community for comprehensive UFO report 180 days after passage of 2021 NDAA: https://exopolitics.org/us-congress-asks-for-ufo-report-from-intel-community-in-180-days/
  10. China sends up a Moon lander and retrieves lunar rocks to demonstrate its growing space power capabilities

 

Obama CIA Director Brennan On UFOs

Article by Jazz Shaw                                    December 17, 2020                                     (hotair.com)

• In an interview with Tyler Cowen at Marginal Revolution, John O. Brennan, CIA Director under President Obama, the subject quickly turned to the Pentagon’s UAP Task Force and possible explanations for what these UFOs are and where they might come from. (see video below at 6:45 minute mark) Brennan took the question seriously and hinted that the CIA has pondered the subject and aren’t ruling anything out.

• The interview (below) covers a lot more material than just UFOs, but the way Brennan answered the UAP question is of particular interest. Brennan begins the answer with a nervous laugh. He doesn’t sound entirely comfortable and goes on to string together a very large number of words that seem to dance around the question before delivering the final shot. He races through a few more qualifiers before suggesting the possibility that the origin of the UAP is something that “some might say constitutes a different form of life.” Those were some impressive linguistic backflips to avoid saying the word “aliens” or “extraterrestrials,” weren’t they? But what else could he be talking about?

• Cutting through the double talk, Brennan essentially says, “I think it’s a bit presumptuous and arrogant for us to believe that there’s no other form of life anywhere in the entire universe. What that (form) might be is subject to a lot of different views. But I think some of the phenomena we’re going to be seeing …that is the result of something that we don’t yet understand and …involve some type of activity that …constitutes a different form of life.

• As the former Director of the CIA, Brennan held (and likely still holds) one of the highest possible security clearances in the country. And as those that follow ufology already know, the CIA has had a long and deep interest in the subject of UFOs going back to the earliest days of the agency. They have frequently been shown to have trafficked in information and frequently, disinformation.

• The CIA worked hand-in-hand with the Air Force Office of Special Investigations in Project Blue Book disinformation campaign, and with the efforts of AFOSI disinformation agent Richard Doty. Doty’s efforts at blaming aliens as a cover for other classified operations eventually led to the death of a scientist named Paul Bennewitz. So the CIA has had their hand in this game for a long time. If they know anything about UFOs that’s being withheld from the public, it’s a fair bet that Brennan knows about it. But hearing him “suggest” that they might involve “a different form of life” is intriguing, to say the least.

 

       John O. Brennan

A rather intriguing bit of UFO news popped up this week that may give us yet another peek into what the government

                      Richard Doty

knows about the Unidentified Aerial Phenomena, or at least thinks it knows. John O. Brennan, CIA Director under President Obama, gave an interview to Tyler Cowen at Marginal Revolution. Part of their conversation turned to the subject of the UAP Task Force and possible explanations for what these UFOs are and where they might come from. Rather than clamming up or simply laughing it off, Brennan took the question seriously. While he clearly wasn’t about to make some Earth-shattering announcement, he did offer some speculation which at least seems to hint at the idea that the CIA has pondered the subject and they aren’t ruling anything out.

COWEN: At the end of all that sifting and interpreting, what do you think is the most likely hypothesis?

BRENNAN: [laughs] I don’t know. When people talk about it, is there other life besides what’s in the States, in the world, the globe? Life is defined in many different ways. I think it’s a bit presumptuous and arrogant for us to believe that there’s no other form of life anywhere in the entire universe. What that might be is subject to a lot of different views.

              Paul Bennewitz

But I think some of the phenomena we’re going to be seeing continues to be unexplained and might, in fact, be some type of phenomenon that is the result of something that we don’t yet understand and that could involve some type of activity that some might say constitutes a different form of life.

You can read or listen to the interview at Medium and it’s probably worth your time if you’re interested in this subject. They cover a lot more material than just UFOs, but the way Brennan answered the UAP question is of particular interest to me. Just from the transcript above, you can see that he begins the answer with a laugh, but it sounds more like a nervous laugh than any sort of mocking tone. He doesn’t sound entirely comfortable and goes on to string together a very large number of words that seem to dance around the question before delivering the final shot.

I was particularly taken by the way he talked about “something we don’t yet understand.” He then races through a few more qualifiers before suggesting the possibility that the origin of the UAP is something that “some might say constitutes a different form of life.” Those were some impressive linguistic backflips to avoid saying the word “aliens” or “extraterrestrials,” weren’t they? But what else could he be talking about?

 

1 hour video – Tyler Cowan’s interview with CIA Chief John Brennan,
discussing UAPs at 6:45 (‘Mercatus Center’ YouTube)

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