Although it is sometimes difficult to distinguish the present from forgery, the United States military has publicly acknowledged that at least 100 video recordings of unidentified flying objects are genuine and therefore classified; in particular, the Government takes very seriously the threat that they may pose and strongly states that these images cannot be disclosed out of fear of harming national security.
Since December 2017, two videos have been available on the Internet that capture unidentified air events, and a third was published a few months later, inciting the curiosity and imagination of the public. The American military initially considered these broadcasts to be a leak, but in 2020 they republished official copies, probably in order to be transparent to the public.
However, the Pentagon, published in June 2021, showed that this was only a fraction of the UFO videos taken by the Navy and that since 2004 there have been 144 UFOs. The report was publicly discussed by the U.S. Department of Defense in May this year at the first public hearing on UFOs.
These objects are classified as UFOs on the basis of certain characteristics that are later observed in other UFOs, including the size, shape and trajectory characteristics, some of which remain stationary even in the zone of turbulence at altitude, or are moving against the wind at very high speed.
To learn more about these strange videos, The Black Vault filed a request for the Freedom of Information Act with the U.S. Navy in April 2020, one day after three videos previously officially presented by the department itself had been declassified. The reason for this sudden declassification was only two and a half years later.
Maintaining national security
Black Vault's request related to the release of all other videos collected after the Pentagon's 2021 report, which showed 144 UFO observations.
Following a request to the proper department, the newspaper finally received a reply in the form of an official letter, a letter signed by Gary Cason, Deputy Director of the Directorate of the Chief of Naval Operations, stating that "the requested videos contain classified information relating to unidentified aerial phenomena and are secret and not subject to full disclosure".
The purpose of the denial was apparently national security, since the videos contained information that could pose a potential threat if it fell into the hands of others. "The disclosure of this information would be detrimental to national security, as it could provide the opponents with valuable information about operations, vulnerabilities and/or opportunities."
In support of the production of the three old videos, the Department referred to the fact that they had originally been published on informal channels and were then widely distributed and discussed in detail with the public, so that an official publication would be possible in the absence of a threat to national security.