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The CIA has made public all their documentation and records on UFOs ahead of the government's official report coming in less than six months.
The massive document dump came after US President Donald Trump signed a US$2.3 trillion (A$2.9 trillion) coronavirus relief and government funding bill into law in December, which kicked off a 180-day countdown for US intelligence agencies to inform Congress what they know about UFOs.
Who knows how the two are linked but they are.
The records containing CIA files on Unidentified Aerial Phenomena (UAP) can be downloaded as a PDF file from Black Vault, a privately-owned database of declassified records, with some reports dating all the way back to the 1980s.
Among the reports include bizarre stories including 'mysterious explosions' and 'alleged contact with extraterrestrials.'
This screen shot is just a sampling of the documents I've been scanning. These are slated to come online soon!
The support from my @Patreon subscribers and the GoFundMe campaign I ran for this made this possible.
So, this is yet another THANK YOU for your support! pic.twitter.com/aXcZNaf0sU
- :flag_us: T̷h̷e̷ ̷B̷l̷a̷c̷k̷ ̷V̷a̷u̷l̷t̷ :flag_us: (@blackvaultcom) December 16, 2020
According to Futurism, the database is the passion project of the Black Vault's founder, John Greenewald Jr., who said that he's been suing the CIA to release its UAP records for decades.
"Around 20 years ago, I had fought for years to get additional UFO records released from the CIA," Greenewald told Motherboard via Futurism.
"It was like pulling teeth! I went around and around with them to try and do so, finally achieving it. I received a large box, of a couple thousand pages, and I had to scan them in one page at a time."
The Black Vault blog notes that the while the CIA claims to have released all documents on the file, there's no way to confirm whether or not other documents are out there.
"Researchers and curious minds alike prefer simplicity and accessibility when they look at data dumps such as these," Greenewald said.
Want to know all about the @CIA and their connection to #UFOs?
JUST PUBLISHED: Here is a complete archive of ALL CIA UFO related records going back more than a half century. According to them, this is everything.
ENJOY the searchable pdfs & zip files!https://t.co/irRFG1qeIG
- :flag_us: T̷h̷e̷ ̷B̷l̷a̷c̷k̷ ̷V̷a̷u̷l̷t̷ :flag_us: (@blackvaultcom) January 7, 2021
"The CIA has made it INCREDIBLY difficult to use their records in a reasonable manner," he said.
"They offer a format that is very outdated (multi-page .tif) and offer text file outputs, largely unusable, that I think they intend to have people use as a 'search' tool.
"In my opinion, this outdated format makes it very difficult for people to see the documents, and use them, for any research purpose."
Greenewald added that the first UFO information to be declassified under FOIA laws came in the 1970s and 1980s, but after this period it became exceptionally difficult to obtain information from the government regarding extraterrestrial phenomena.
"Plain and simple, the public has a right to know!" Greenewald said. "When I began researching nearly 25 years ago at the age of 15, I knew there was something to this topic."
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