There’s a ton of tech news to get to! Maybe you didn’t get to it all, because who’s got time for that? Well, that’d be us — here are a handful of stories from the week that was that might affect you!
Heck yeah we have a UFO research program, says the government
The surprise coming out of this story isn’t that the government has a secret UFO program — it’s that we found about it. News got out about it last week thanks to The New York Times, which managed to discover the existence of the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program, which ran (reportedly) from 2007 to 2012 — something government sources did confirm. The Times report says $22 million was spent during the course of the program at the behest of Senators Harry Reid, Ted Stevens, and Daniel K. Inouye.
Some of the details don’t look great — most of the money went to Robert Bigelow, a billionaire who operates his own aerospace company and happens to be a personal friend of Senator Reid. But, before you write the program off as government party favors, it sounds like they found some real mysteries. Luis Elizondo, the man who ran the program, ended up sifting through scores of reports of UFOs from members of the military, including a video taken by a couple pilots of a flying object looking like no kind of craft any country on Earth has made. But, in an X-Filesian twist, funding was lost in 2012 and Elizondo ultimately resigned in October to protest a lack of support from the Pentagon. The truth remains out there.