On Monday the Pentagon released three declassified videos that show US Navy pilots encountering what they believe are unidentified flying objects.

The Pentagon states that the grainy videos show “unexplained aerial phenomena.” The videos were leaked earlier this year and many believed what they were looking at were indeed alien UFOs.

According to the Pentagon, it released the footage to “to clear up any misconceptions by the public on whether or not the footage that has been circulating was real or whether or not there is more to the videos,” a statement on the Department of Defense website reads.

“After a thorough review, the department has determined that the authorized release of these unclassified videos does not reveal any sensitive capabilities or systems, and does not impinge on any subsequent investigations of military air space incursions by unidentified aerial phenomena,” the statement continued.

The three grainy videos have been “circulating in the public domain after unauthorized releases in 2007 and 2017”, the statement said. It describes the videos as featuring “aerial phenomena.

The three videos show what the pilots saw and said during training flights in 2004 and 2015. Two of the videos were published by the New York Times in 2017. To the Stars Academy of Arts and Science group released the other video.

The video recorded in 2004 shows an incident that took place 100 miles out over the Pacific. Two Navy fighter pilots came upon an object hovering above the water. Moments later it flew quickly away.

“It accelerated like nothing I’ve ever seen,” one of the pilots, Commander David Fravor, told the New York Times.

The video shot in 2015 shows objects moving quickly through the sky. One of the objects appears to spin in the air. “Look at that thing, dude!” a pilot can be heard saying. “It’s rotating!”

The Pentagon’s release of the three videos adds real legitimacy to the videos and it will no doubt spur greater speculation that humans have recently interacted with life from other planets.

Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid, from Nevada, tweeted the videos “only scratches the surface of research and materials available.”

I’m glad the Pentagon is finally releasing this footage, but it only scratches the surface of research and materials available. The U.S. needs to take a serious, scientific look at this and any potential national security implications. The American people deserve to be informed. https://t.co/1XNduvmP0u

— Senator Harry Reid (@SenatorReid) April 27, 2020

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