The US Navy has announced that it will not release any UAP videos in the future, saying that doing so “will harm national security,” according to a Freedom of Information response received by The Black Vault. This may mean that the three videos leaked to the public in 2017—”FLIR1″, “Gimbal” and “GoFast”—may be the only examples of officially-validated UAP footage that may be made available to the public.

In April 2020 The Black Vault’s John Greenewald launched a FOIA request with the Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR), requesting that all video files with the designation “UAP” be released; a little over two years later Greenewald was told that no additional videos had been found in the Navy’s archives, something that “seemed strange they had three, and only those three,” to Greenwald.

Greenewald had already launched another request in February 2021, this time with the Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI), the parent agency of the then newly-established UAP Task Force (UAPTF) (now called the Unidentified Aerospace-Undersea Phenomena Joint Program Office);  seventeen months later ONI responded saying that any UAP video footage, provided such material exists, would be found at the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations.

On July 11, Greenewald sent yet another new request to the Chief of Naval Operations; this time the response was comparatively swift, arriving in just two months, although that response was disappointing: although new UAP footage was found, the Navy would not be releasing the files, citing national security concerns.

The letter received by Greenewald said that the Chief of Naval Operations contacted the UAPTF regarding the files, but the Task Force responded that “the requested videos contain sensitive information pertaining to Unidentified Aerial Phenomena (UAP) and are classified and are exempt from disclosure in their entirety” in-line with national security directives.

“The release of this information will harm national security as it may provide adversaries valuable information regarding Department of Defense/Navy operations, vulnerabilities, and/or capabilities. No portions of the videos can be segregated for release,” according to the letter’s author, DON FOIA/PA Program Office Deputy Director Gary Cason.

Cason also preemptively addressed the potential precedent set by the previous release of the three UAP videos in 2017, stating that “the facts specific to those three videos are unique in that those videos were initially released via unofficial channels before official release.”

In the case of “FLIR1”, “Gimbal” and “GoFast” the videos had been leaked to the public before the Navy declared them to be legitimate UAP footage; whatever secret information the videos might have provided would have already been gathered by foreign adversaries, with whatever damage that might have been dealt to national security having occurred the moment they were released. With the cat already out of the bag, the Navy saw no harm in issuing an official release of those three videos.

“Those events were discussed extensively in the public domain; in fact, major news outlets conducted specials on these events,” according to Cason’s letter. “Given the amount of information in the public domain regarding these encounters, it was possible to release the files without further damage to national security.”

But the classified designation of any other UAP videos—and Casosn’s letter implies that there is indeed more footage—means that any secret information their contents might yield remains uncompromised, and the Navy appears to intend to keep those secrets, even if it means depriving both the public and scientific communities of potentially valuable UFO footage.


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  1. Are the secrets for national security or national manipulation as guests such as Dr Nolan have hypothesized? It is certainly not for informed transparency.

  2. My first thought is, we all saw this coming.

    The government(s) may not be in charge of the myriad aspects of the phenomenon, but they are quite capable of controlling their information release to the public. And at this point, that may be enough to maintain some sense of them being in control. They can further kick the can down the road, and avoid any culpability for their deceit just a bit longer.


  3. I still feel the visitors control the whole thing. I don’t really understand their motives. The big reveal was made THROUGH the GOVERNMENT, then stagnation happens. What game is afoot is anyones guess.

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