The pentagon is funding a programme studying UFOs and paranormal activity at a “supernatural” ranch in Utah, it is claimed.
The existence of the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Programme (AATIP) was first reported in 2017, but the US Defence Department denied UFOs or alien activity were being investigated.
However newly released documents would seem to contradict that claim.
Magazine Popular Science published a report on Friday that included documents acquired from Bigelow Aerospace, a private company contracted to conduct work on behalf of the AATIP.
They indicate the $22 million (£16 million) programme has indeed been studying UFOs and other paranormal phenomena.
One of Bigelow’s reports doesn’t mention the AATIP by name, but explores claims surrounding the notorious Sherman Ranch, better known as Skinwalker Ranch – and was produced at the same time the company was conducting its work for the Pentagon.
“Skinwalker” is the Native American term for a shape-shifting evil spirit that lives in forests.
The cattle ranch outside the town of Ballard, Utah has long been the subject of speculation about paranormal and potential alien activity.
Terry Sherman moved there with his wife Gwen and their two children in 1994. They only stayed 18 months, during which time they reported seeing mysterious crop circles and lights appearing in the air.
They also say they saw mysterious large animals that seemed resistant to gunshot wounds. Some of their cattle was mutilated while some of it vanished entirely.
The family became so frightened they sold the 512-acre ranch in 1996 and went to the media with their stories, which attracted the attention of hotel entrepreneur Robert Bigelow, a man with a fascination with the paranormal.
He went on to found Bigelow in 1999.
The company’s report which was published on Friday said the Skinwalker Ranch is a “possible laboratory for studying other intelligences and possible interdimensional phenomena”.
Another of the published reports focused on injuries suffered by people who experienced “exposure to anomalous vehicles”.
However its author told Popular Mechnanics that the report provides no evidence for extraterrestrial or non-human technologies.
Other reports studied the “physical effects” of unknown aerial phenomena and their “biological effects” on biological organisms.