Due to “national security” concerns, the US Navy has stated that it won’t be sharing any more videos of UFO sightings. Although the US has taken attempts to increase transparency on encounters of unidentified aerial phenomena (UAP), it appears that they still have certain secrets to keep to themselves.
In the year 2020, the US Department of Defense declassified and made public three media-leaked films of UAP sightings captured by the US Navy.
Due to this, the Black Vault, a website dedicated to promoting government openness, filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request requesting the release of all of their recordings that documented a UAP encounter.
Now, it seems the US Navy is not being cooperative. The FOIA request made by the Black Vault was turned down after nearly two years of waiting. Despite the fact that their response suggests they have other UAP tapes, the US Navy claims that the information is “secret,” and it is unwilling to make it publicly available due to the risk to national security.
Gregory Cason, deputy director of the Navy’s FOIA office, stated in a response letter that the requested recordings “contain sensitive material relevant to Unidentified Aerial Phenomena (UAP) and are classified and are excluded from disclosure.” “This information’s disclosure will compromise national security… The videos cannot be divided into separate parts for publication.”
The three UAP videos from 2020 were only made public because they were already well-known thanks to media coverage, according to the denial letter.
Three UAP videos have already been released, but according to Cason, “the facts related to those three videos are unique in that they were first distributed via unapproved channels before being officially released.” “Those events received a lot of public attention; in fact, major news organizations ran specials on them. Given how much information about these contacts was already in the public domain, it was possible to release the data without further jeopardizing national security.
According to The Black Vault, an appeal of the judgment has already been made.
US authorities have adopted a more liberal stance toward UAPs in recent years. In May 2022, an open House subcommittee convened its first public hearing on UFOs in more than 50 years in response to the three highly publicized US Navy UFO sightings. A highly anticipated UFO study from the US Office of the Director of National Intelligence was also made public last year.
Although attitudes appear to be shifting, UAP-related information continues to be strictly regulated. The UFO report turned out to be ultimately inconclusive, and the public hearing didn’t produce a lot of fresh information; one legislator called it a “complete joke.”