It’s been over a year now since the New York Times released a story that forced the Department of Defense (DoD) to acknowledge a secret program within the DoD that was tasked with investigating reports of unidentified flying objects within the U.S. military. Throughout, the program called the Advanced Aviation Threat Identification Program (AATIP) was colored as an investigatory arm of the Pentagon, with its sights set squarely on the possibility of flying saucers and little green men. Still, internal documents released via Freedom of Information Act requests now seem to suggest that the program was much more like Fox’s series “The X-Files” than previously thought.

Luis Elizondo, the former head of the program, resigned in protest in late 2017 due to what he claimed was a dangerously dismissive atmosphere within the top echelons of America’s defense apparatus. Elizondo’s resignation, as well as his subsequent involvement in Tom Delong’s UFO-centric “To the Stars Academy,” have both come with a large emphasis on the possibility of extra-terrestrial visitors.

In Elizondo’s own words:

“My personal belief is that there is very compelling evidence that we may not be alone. These aircraft—we’ll call them aircraft—are displaying characteristics that are not currently within the U.S. inventory nor in any foreign inventory that we are aware of. Things that don’t have any obvious flight services, any obvious forms of propulsion, and maneuvering in ways that include extreme maneuverability beyond, I would submit, the healthy G-forces of a human or anything biological.”