These startling revelations have been uncovered in a new Military.com article based on interviews with a number of former officials involved in the Pentagon’s investigation of UFO sightings.
An Oregon man said his health deteriorated after a glowing blue ball passed through his body. A family in California has reported strange lights and a thin-legged gray figure in their yard. A werewolf-like creature is said to have been prowling around homes in suburban Virginia. All three incidents were investigated by the Pentagon’s secretive UFO investigation program.
According to the people who ran it, for two years a connection was established between flying objects and paranormal phenomena. It was the start of a multi-year effort by UFO researchers that ultimately led Congress to pass legislation in December 2021 ordering the Pentagon to spend the next four years investigating unidentified flying objects.
James Lacatski, a retired Defense Intelligence Agency officer, admitted in an interview that the military began to take UFO reports more seriously after concerns were raised that aliens could pose a threat to national security. .
“You know what was on the internet at the time, it just seemed like advanced technology to me,” Lacatski said. I said, “I’m interested. We have to do something about it if it’s true”. I spoke to my management about it, and it went from there,” he added.
Mr. Lacatski’s later work brought to light the case of Navy pilots serving with the USS Nimitz strike team who saw a mysterious flying object in the shape of a “Tic Tac” during a exercise in the Pacific.
This incident and the eyewitness accounts became key evidence after a 2017 leak that former Pentagon and CIA officials used to push the government to take UFOs seriously. For the UFO program, Lacatski would work closely with Colm Kelleher, a contractor who ran its day-to-day operations.
Kelleher was trained in Ireland as a biochemist and cancer researcher and speaks with the remnants of an Irish accent. He spent years working for Robert Bigelow, a wealthy Las Vegas real estate mogul and aerospace company owner with a keen interest in UFOs and the afterlife.
Both spoke in an interview with Military.com about three military personnel whose identities have been withheld by researchers and the Department of Defense.
After the Nimitz’s investigation, the sailor and two Marines were sent to a property in Utah known as Skinwalker Ranch.
Skinwalker spans just over 500 acres of steppe near the town of Ballard in northeastern Utah. It has long been the alleged epicenter of strange happenings, dating back to tales of the Native American Ute tribe and the Navajo people, who believe in malevolent witches called skinwalkers who can transform into animal-like creatures.
They would have witnessed a black void on the earth, which would have filled them with fear. Lacatski and Kelleher say the men experienced paranormal activity after leaving the ranch and returning home to the Washington, DC area, such as orbs, dark figures in bedrooms at night, and strange noises.
For his part, Lue Elizondo, an army veteran and former counterintelligence special agent who also took part in the investigation, always weighs his words carefully.
In 2008, Lacatski met Elizondo at an office in Rosslyn, just across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C. The DIA analyst had identified Elizondo as a potential recruit into the DIA program.
“He looked at me very seriously and said, ‘So what do you think of UFOs?’ “. Elizondo said in an interview with Military.com. ” I told the truth. I said I wasn’t thinking about it. He said, ‘What do you mean, you don’t believe it?’ I said, ‘I didn’t say that. What I said is that I don’t think about it. »
Elizondo did not end up joining Lacatski. But he continued to run the small internal Pentagon UFO program, created when the DIA program ended.
Elizondo worked to have the infrared cockpit videos of Navy encounters cleared for release. He later left the Pentagon in protest and appeared publicly as a whistleblower in 2017. All three videos were leaked to Chris Mellon, a former assistant secretary of defense for intelligence, in the Pentagon parking lot.
The New York Times broke the story that the Pentagon had a UFO program in December 2017, with Elizondo and Mellon as key sources.
Elizondo and Mellon were original members, along with Hal Puthoff, a physicist who worked on the DIA and CIA’s psychic remote viewing programs in the 1970s and 1980s.
“We all knew this didn’t belong in the military, this phenomenon and these UAPs were popping up everywhere,” said Semivan, who also worked as a consultant for Elizondo when he ran the Pentagon’s AATIP program. “They appear over military sites, nuclear sites, over aircraft carrier task force groups and things like that, but they also appear all over the United States and the world in general. »
“If something has been there for a long time, and it really appears in people’s bedrooms, or in front of an F-18, or on a wall of petroglyphs, or in an ancient text downstairs in the Vatican archives, or whatever it is, obviously it does something and it has an influence,” DeLonge said in a YouTube video posted in December.
Lacatski and Kelleher’s research remained largely out of public view for much of the UFO debate in Washington. Still, the outstanding questions about UFO sightings were compelling to members of Congress.
“There are too many unexplained things that we need an explanation for,” said Emily Harding, deputy director and senior fellow of the international security program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a Washington think tank.