The US Government Was Recently Funding Research Into Stargates, Which Is Fun

The last few decades have not been great for alien stuff. The increasing ubiquity of handheld cameras and phones has not, as some people hoped, drastically increase the frequency of credible, recorded UFO sightings. Instead, we got better at spotting fakes. Nowadays it usually takes 48 hours for purported footage of UFO sighting to be draped in a wet blanket by experts who insist that it’s just a reflection in a car window or a flock of highly reflective geese or a SpaceX rocket.

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But things in the UFO world got a whole more exciting in 2017, with the New York Times releasing a massive report detailing the activities of the Advanced Aviation Threat Identification Program, a Department of Defence project that spent the years between 2007 and 2012 investigating ‘unexplained aerial phenomena’.

It’s still not entirely clear what the project actually did. According to Luis Elizondo, the former head of the project who is now working for Tom DeLonge‘s To The Stars Academy, they mostly collected data on UFO sightings and did academic research into futuristic technologies.

Despite the project being kept secret, it was not classified, which has allowed the parts of it which weren’t Freedom of Information Act exempt to be exposed to the public. Last week, in response to a FOIA request from Steven Aftergood of the Federation of American Scientists, the Defense Intelligence Agency released a document listing 38 research projects funded by the AATIP.

The document describes the AATIP’s purpose as being to “investigate foreign advanced aerospace weapon threats from the present out to the next 40 years” and was initially released internally to the House Committee on Armed Services (chaired at the time by Senator John McCain) in early January 2018.

All we have about these studies is the titles and their authors but they sound absolutely bonkers. Dr Eric Davis from EarthTech International was working on something called Traversable Wormholes, Stargates, and Negative Energy. Also at EarthTech, Dr Hal Puthoff was researching Advanced Space Propulsion Based on Vacuum (Spacetime Metric) EngineeringDr Robert Baker from GrayWave was investigating High-Frequency Gravitational Wave Communications. At the University of St Andrews, someone called Dr Ulf Leonhardt was looking into Invisibility Cloaking.

It does not get any less ridiculous from there. Here are some of the hits:

  • Antigravity for Aerospace Applications
  • Positron Aerospace Propulsions
  • Concepts for Extracting Energy from the Quantum Vacuum
  • An Introduction to the Statistical Drake Equation
  • Warp Drive, Dark Energy, and the Manipulation of Extra Dimensions
  • Technological Approaches to Controlling External Devices in the Absence of Limb-Operated Interfaces
  • Metallic Glasses
  • Space-Communication Implications of Quantum Entanglement and Nonlocality
  • Laser Lightcraft Nanosatellites
  • Quantum Computing and Utilizing Organic Molecules in Automation Technology
  • Quantum Tomography of Negative Energy States in the Vacuum
  • State of the Art and Evolution of High Energy Laser Weapons

That is certainly a lot to process.

Obviously, just because they were researching those things doesn’t mean they were making any headway on them, but the US Defence Department definitely spent actual, real-world money on researching wormholes and stargates.

You can read the full list right here.