It is no secret to those who have followed the UAP story: The Pentagon has been anything but reliable when talking about UFOs. Inconsistent messaging; contradicting claims; and bizarre denials have flooded out of the Pentagon’s Office of Public Affairs, most of the time, with no supporting evidence to back up their statements. This included what appeared to be a long held denial that the program everyone was being told was a “UFO research effort” – was anything but. For well more than a year, the Pentagon denied that the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program, or AATIP, had anything to do with UFOs.
Well, that is, until they didn’t.
That reversal was thanks to NY Post investigative journalist Steven Greenstreet. Host of an online show called The Basement Office, Greenstreet published the Pentagon’s about face on the claim in May of 2019. “The Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program ‘did pursue research and investigation into unidentified aerial phenomena,’” Greenstreet wrote. His information came straight from the Pentagon itself, and despite having denied UAP research in the past, Greenstreet got them to admit it.
Thereafter, Greenstreet would do numerous stories pursuing the AATIP issue, and discovered numerous other contradicting claims. When trying to clarify, Greenstreet was often met with more obfuscation and mystery, rather than clarity and candor from the Pentagon.
So, how did all of it go down? Although Greenstreet has highlighted the some of the story through multiple stories and video pieces, The Black Vault filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to see the inside scoop in an attempt to find out more.
Here are just some of the highlights on what was released by the Department of Defense (DoD) via the FOIA:
Below, you will find the communications between the Pentagon and the NY Post’s Greenstreet. The records show a clear pattern of one journalists’ journey to get to the truth, only to be met with hardship and contradiction.
Note: As a courtesy to Greenstreet, The Black Vault has redacted in RED private contact information. The remaining identifying information was cleared by Greenstreet to publish publicly. This information, for an unknown reason, was not redacted by the DoD upon release of the documents, and likely should have given FOIA exemption (b)(6).