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12                     Pentagon Running Secret UFO Files

          Pentagon Admits Running

           Secret UFO Investigation

                    For Five Years

                      Harroon Siddique

           Task force that investigated sightings
          of unidentified flying objects ran from
            2007 to 2012 with annual budget of

          The truth is finally out there, after the Pentagon
          admitted it ran a secret UFO investigation
          programme for five years until 2012.
                 The US defence department’s own “X-
          Files” operation, known by the less catchy title
          of the Advanced Aviation Threat Identification
          Program, was closed after a change in funding  any government documents related to UFOs convinced the victim that she could help rid him
          priorities, it said.                           should she win the election.                    of evil spirits if he transferred large sums of
                 But the remarkable revelation has raised        Bill Clinton previously said that, during money to her, police say in the release.
          more questions than answers, including whether  his time in the White House, he had tried to find Stevenson, who used the alias Evanna Lopez in
          the programme has been completely shut down,   out if there were any secret “X-Files”, the scheme, did not return the money, police say.
          or just covered up further.                    concluding: “If so, they eluded me.”                   The man sold his home several years ago
                 While the Pentagon claims it ended five         In the UK, 209 files and approximately and transferred the money to Stevenson, police
          years ago, it said it continued to take seriously  52,000 pages of information on UFOs were say. Stevenson later requested more money,
          “all threats and potential threats to our people”.  released during a five-year rolling disclosure purportedly to burn in an effort to "ward off the
                 The military intelligence official Luis  programme that concluded in 2013, containing spirits," police say. The victim allegedly sold his
          Elizondo, who ran the programme on the fifth   details of about 6,000 separate observations car and used credit cards to pay Stevenson that
          floor of the Pentagon’s C Ring, according to the  reported to the British authorities since 1984.  money.
          New York Times, which broke the story, told the        In 2009, the Ministry of Defence closed        In total, the victim lost more than
          paper it was only the government funding that  down its hotline for UFO sightings, stating: “In $600,000 Canadian dollars, or approximately
          had dried up. He said activities continued under  over 50 years, no UFO report has revealed any $450,000 in U.S. currency, police say.
          the direction of his successor, whom he declined  evidence of a potential threat to the United        Stevenson faces numerous charges,
          to name.                                       Kingdom.”                                       including "Pretending to Practice  Witchcraft,"
                 Either way the revelation is likely to          Responding to the revelations about its fraud and possession of property obtained by
          provide some satisfaction to UFO enthusiasts,  activities, the Pentagon spokeswoman Laura crime.
          often dismissed as conspiracy theorists.       Ochoas told Reuters: “The Advanced Aviation            Canada's criminal code allows for
                 Nick Pope, who used to run the British  Threat Identification Program ended in the 2012 individuals to be charged with a witchcraft-
          government’s UFO project, said: “The take-     timeframe. It was determined that there were related offense when they "fraudulently portray
          home message here is that there’s probably     other, higher priority issues that merited funding themselves as having fortune-telling abilities or
          something out there, but we don’t know what it  and it was in the best interest of the DoD to pretend to use witchcraft, sorcery, enchantment
          is. It’s an extraordinary revelation, not least  make a change.”                               or conjuration in order to obtain money or
          because it directly contradicts the many specific      She added: “The DoD takes seriously all valuables from a victim," police say.
          denials that the US government has issued      threats and potential threats to our people, our       "This charge is not connected in any way
          previously when asked about this subject, and  assets, and our mission and takes action to any religion," the release says.
          their involvement in it.                       whenever credible information is developed.”           The charge is used infrequently and is
                 “It precisely reflects my own experience        Pope said: “This isn’t quite the closely related to other fraud charges, Global
          of this intriguing but frustrating subject with the  ‘spaceship in a hangar’ smoking gun the UFO News reports.
          British government. Like our US colleagues, we  lobby was hoping for, but it’s as close as those of   Police say there have been multiple
          too denied – even to parliament – that we were  us who have looked at this subject from within reports of "evil spirit scams." Often such frauds
          undertaking secret studies into the UFO        government will ever go to saying: ‘Yes, this is involve multiple suspects who convince victims
          phenomenon and consistently downplayed the     real.’” []                                      that they are "surrounded by evil spirits and that
          true extent of our interest and activity at the                                                a family member will die very soon if the spirits
          Ministry of Defence.”                              Woman Charged With                          are not removed," police say. []
                 The New  York  Times said the project,
          parts of which remain classified, received $22m  Witchcraft And Fraud In                            To Listen To Current and
          (£18.7m) each year, hidden away in US
          Department of Defense (DoD) budgets worth             Alleged 'Evil Spirit                                         Past
          hundreds of billions of dollars.                          Blessing Scam'                             The ‘X’ Zone Radio/TV
                 It said its initial funding came largely at
          the request of the former Senate leader Harry                                                                    Shows
          Reid, the Nevada Democrat long known for his   A 27-year-old Canadian woman is facing                              with
          enthusiasm for space phenomena. He was         witchcraft and fraud charges after allegedly                Rob McConnell
          quoted as saying: “I’m not embarrassed or      conning a 67-year-old man of $450,000 in what
          ashamed or sorry I got this thing going. I think  authorities are calling an "evil spirit blessing                   at
          it’s one of the good things I did in my        scam."                                                     The Official Blog
          congressional service. I’ve done something that        Samantha Stevenson, of  Toronto, has
          no one has done before.”                       been charged with "Pretending to Practice                             of
                 Last year, John Podesta, chair of Hillary  Witchcraft," according to a  Thursday release        The ‘X’ Zone Nation
          Clinton’s presidential campaign, declared that  from York Regional Police in Ontario.     
          he had convinced her to explore declassifying          Stevenson, acting as a psychic, allegedly
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