On the Tail of UFOs, A New York Times Reporter’s Story
In a recent startling expose by the New York Times, it was revealed that the Department of Defense had run an ongoing funded investigative project into sightings of, and the origins of, unidentified flying objects from 2008 to 2012. The project, named the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program, was largely founded with the assistance of Nevada State Senator Harry Reid, and was run by DoD agent Luis Elizondo. Elizondo resigned at the beginning of the year, due in part to obsessive secrecy, and internal opposition to the project. Several other startling revelations became prevalent when the stories of DoD UFO studies hit the front page of The New York Times Sunday, but many may wonder how such an esteemed paper came to print a report on flying saucers in the first place.
Ralph Blumenthal, a contributing journalist to The New York Times, explains that it wasn’t without heavy, heavy research, vetting the story, and allowing for the investigation to lead itself without a biased influence. The author of the Times’ Sunday piece, Leslie Kean, an avid researcher and reporter on UFOs, and contributor to the Times spent several months traversing the nation meeting with Luis Elizondo to hear his story, and the tale of the now supposedly defunct program. Kean herself spent hours with Elizondo pouring over the program’s unclassified documents learning all she could on the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program.
After contacting Blumenthal and telling him of U.S. intelligence official source, and that this seemed like a story for the times, Kean and Blumenthal met with Elizondo on October 31st to nail down the story’s narrative. The pair also met with Harry Reid on December fifth who says he is proud of the program and considers it one of his better moments in congressional service. With public record to verify their claims, as well as sources who were unafraid to tell their story, the Times’ publication shaped up to be a rather usual news story in terms of sourcing, without the stereotypical anonymous intelligence provider. To read Blumenthal’s full report on the ground breaking article visit: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/18/insider/secret-pentagon-ufo-program.html.