One of my favorite stories to emerge from the past two years was the strange tale of the “Tic-Tac.” Back in 2017 and 2018 a series of three alleged UFO videos were released by the New York Times and the ‘To the Stars Academy Of Arts And Science’ – a private UFO research organization established by Blink-182 rockstar Tom DeLonge. The clips showed a series of encounters between U.S. Navy pilots and bizarre, seemingly gravity-defying, objects capable of incredible flight maneuvers.
One of them became known as ‘the Tic-Tac’ due to the fact that it resembled a 40-foot version of the tiny mints.
As the HuffPost reports:
In one video, two Navy pilots tracked an unidentified object flying off the East Coast in 2015.
“Wow! What is that, man? Look at that flying!” one of the pilots said in the clip.
In another instance, an object called the “Tic Tac” ― because it was shaped like the candy ― was spotted descending from 60,000 feet to 50 feet in a matter of seconds off the coast of California in 2004. One pilot described a disturbance up to the size of a football field in the water at the same time.
And in a 2014 incident, a U.S. Navy Super Hornet pilot almost collided with an unidentified flying object during a mission near Virginia Beach.
At first, the government refused to comment. Then something unprecedented began to happen. The feds began to open up a bit.
We learned that- from 2007 to 2012 – the Pentagon had been running a clandestine UFO research outfit using black budgets. Then we found out that the request for its funding came from Harry Reid, and heard weird, credibility-straining, stories about mysterious warehouses in Las Vegas that supposedly housed unidentified alien alloys.
When knowledge of his pet project became public, Reid said:
“I’m not embarrassed or ashamed or sorry I got this thing going. I think it’s one of the good things I did in my congressional service. I’ve done something that no one has done before.”
Then, as if all that wasn’t enough, we were told the military had revamped its reporting guidelines to make it easier, and less stigmatizing, for pilots to report such unusual “encounters.”
Through it all, though, the military remained tight-lipped. It became clear they were caught with their pants down and didn’t want to talk. Few people doubted they were authentic, but no one from the Pentagon would confirm or deny the legitimacy of the original three videos that started the ball rolling.
That’s just changed. According to the U.S. Navy, yes. They’re real. Oh, and you weren’t supposed to see them…
The U.S. Navy has for the first time reportedly verified the authenticity of a series of three UFO videos leaked over the past two years and insisted the footage never should’ve been made public.
“The Navy designates the objects contained in these videos as unidentified aerial phenomena,” Joseph Gradisher, spokesperson for the deputy chief of Naval Operations for Information Warfare, told the Black Vault, a website dedicated to exposing secrets and revealing declassified government documents. The statement was later confirmed by Motherboard.
The military increasingly prefers the “UAP” phrasing over UFO.
Gradisher told the Black Vault that the term UAP “provides the basic descriptor for the sightings/observations of unauthorized/unidentified aircraft/objects that have been observed entering/operating in the airspace of various military-controlled training ranges.” The website also reported that while the Navy now considers the footage “unclassified,” it has not yet been formally cleared for release to the public.
In other words, the clips have been posted just about everywhere, so their classification status is a moot point. That said, whatever those pilots witnessed, you were never supposed to know about it. If they had their way, you still wouldn’t. Also, the Navy would like you to use the much broader term UAP (Unidentified Aerial Phenomena), probably because “UFO” gets people all riled up.
If you need a refresher, the three clips are attached below. They’re truly fascinating, and they make you wonder. If this is the stuff that’s leaked, what kind of footage are they still keeping to themselves?
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