It's worth checking out the full reported piece for its many intrigues, which include a UFO scrap metal storage facility in Las Vagas, stores of video and audio recordings of reported UFO "incidents", and a Pentagon briefing paper proclaiming that "what was considered science fiction is now science fact".
The Pentagon has admitted it ran a secret programme tasked with investigating sightings of unidentified flying objects, or UFOs, The New York Times reported.
US Senator Harry Reid, who initiated AATIP, said he was proud of the program and what it has tried to achieve.
"It was determined that there were other, higher priority issues that merited funding, and it was in the best interest of the DoD to make a change", a Pentagon spokesman, Thomas Crosson, said in an email, referring to the Department of Defense.
A video shows a 2004 encounter near San Diego between two Navy F/A-18F fighter jets and an unknown object.
But the Pentagon was less clear about whether the UFO program continued to hover somewhere in the vast expanse of the defense establishment.
The mystery into whether or not we're alone in the universe has been a constant question for over 6 decades and it looks like the Defense Department wanted some answers.
"I'm not embarrassed or ashamed or sorry I got this thing going", Mr Reid told the Times.
Responding to the New York Times, Mr Reid tweeted the truth was out there and the investigation was about science and national security.
"If America doesn't take the lead in answering these questions, others will", Reid wrote.
It wasn't only concern for threats posed by extraterrestrials, former officials told the media outlets; they anxious about advanced aircraft programs that could have been developed by China or Russian Federation. "I've done something that no one has done before". However, the program's backers say that, while the Pentagon ended funding for the effort at that time, the program continues to operate. "I've done something that no one has done before", Reid said.
How much the rest of the DoD was on board with Reid's beliefs remains to be seen, but it's worth noting that the implementation of a UFO-watching scheme was not agreed upon by the leaders of the United States military, but rather one politician with a lot of influence over the defense budget, who also happens to have very powerful, and persuasive, friends.
Probably more useful to Bigelow is the classified data that his company is being provided with thanks to the government scheme that his friend Harry Reid has set up.
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