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Colorado UFO investigators react to retired UFO Pentagon program and video

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - A little more than a week has passed since the New York Times released a story about a program that operated out of the Pentagon for five years, specifically dedicated to investigating unidentified flying objects (UFOs). 

The program operated from 2007 to 2012, and was called the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program.

The unit was run on $22 million dollars over the five years. 

As part of the New York Times report, videos were also released of one of the instances that unit would have investigated. 

The video is from 2004, and was captured by military pilots who were training about 80 miles off the coast of California. 

KRDO NewsChannel 13 reached out to the Colorado branch of the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON), to see what these investigators thought of these new revalations in the UFO community. 

MUFON is the largest global network for UFO investigation, essentially picking up where the government left off in the mid-20th century. 

According to Barry Roth, who is the COMUFON treasurer and public relations contact, it was no surprise that the Pentagon had a program dedicated to investigating UFOs. 

"You've got craft out there that are flying beyond the technology that appears to exist at that time and in all reality it could be a threat to the United States. Why would you stop investigating from a government or military standpoint," said Roth. 

However, Pentagon officials told ABC news that the program was suspended, releasing a statement last week. 

"The Advanced Aviation Threat Identification Program ended in the 2012 timeframe. It was determined there were other, higher priority issues that merited funding," the statement read. 

Roth says while the Pentagon is not acknowledging any current programs, he thinks it would be hard to believe that the government and military would not be looking into these cases, considering they might prove to be legitimate threats. 

As for the video also released by the New York Times, Roth says it's another exciting piece of evidence of something overhead that cannot be explained. 

"The video is very interesting because it went through a chain of custody so it had not been doctored or anything like that. This one does come pretty much stamped and certified," said Roth. 

Overall, though, Roth says this might all be a step in a more positive direction when it comes to investigating these cases.

"Maybe this is the beginning of a slow information disclosure. If it was comfortable enough for people to actually talk about it I think everyone deep inside is very interested in the subject," said Roth. "It's curious that we don't talk about it. And if you do talk about unexplained aerial phenomenon, people look at you like you’re kind of nuts. But all you're doing is explaining what you saw."

Roth also said it is also important, though, to still be skeptical. 

"It’s good to be very skeptical. 85 percent of the reports that we receive [at MUFON] are explainable, much to the chagrin of some of the people that report it. Most of it is explainable and about nine or 10 percent don’t have enough data to investigate. But it’s the five or six percent that we know what [an object] is not, but we don’t know what it is. That’s what interests us," said Roth. 

For more information about the Colorado branch of MUFON, you can visit their website.

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