Sunday, September 22, 2019
"A Navy official has confirmed that recently released videos of unidentified flying objects are real, but that the footage was not authorized to be released to the public in the first place.
Joseph Gradisher, the spokesman for the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Information Warfare, confirmed to TIME that three widely-shared videos captured “Unidentified Aerial Phenomena.”
Gradisher initially confirmed this in a statement to “The Black Vault” a website dedicated to declassified government documents.
“The Navy designates the objects contained in these videos as unidentified aerial phenomena,” Gradisher told the site.
He tells TIME that he was “surprised” by the press coverage surrounding his statement to the site, particularly around his classification of the incursions as” unidentifiable,” but says that he hopes that leads to UAP’s being “de-stigmatized.”
“The reason why I’m talking about it is to drive home the seriousness of this issue,” Gradisher says. “The more I talk, the more our aviators and all services are more willing to come forward.”
Gradisher would not speculate as to what the unidentified objects seen in the videos were, but did say they are usually proved to be mundane objects like drones—not alien spacecraft.
“The frequency of incursions have increased since the advents of drones and quadcopters,” he says.
In December 2017 and March 2018, three videos of UFOs were published by the New York Times and “To the Stars Academy of Arts and Science“, a self-described “public benefit corporation” co-founded by Tom Delonge, best known as the vocalist and guitarist for the rock band, Blink-182.
The first of the videos, known as the “GIMBAL footage” shows a 2004 encounter near San Diego between a Navy fighter jet and an unidentified aerial phenomenon.