A new documentary has hinted at what could be the real reason the US government shut down its UFO program.
Conducted by the United States Air Force between 1952 and 1969, Project Blue Book was an in-depth study of unidentified flying objects, the largest of its kind ever conducted.
It had two main goals: to determine if UFOs were a threat and to scientifically analyze the data.
By the time the project ended, it had compiled an archive of some 12,618 UFO reports. While most of these were deemed to have conventional explanations, a small percentage of the sightings remained ‘unexplained’ even after being subjected to rigorous analysis.
Officially, it was concluded that none of the UFO sightings investigated by the Air Force posed a risk to the United States and neither did they represent evidence of extraterrestrial visitors or advanced technology.
However, not everyone is convinced that things were so simple.
In a recently released clip for the new UFO documentary The Phenomenon, director James Fox speaks with Lt. Col. Robert Friend, who ran Project Blue Book from 1958 to 1963.
During the interview, the last one he gave before his death in 2019 at the age of 99, Friend drew attention to the possible reason why the US government had decided to shut down the show.
“What would you suggest what?” he said. “That they knew what it was [the UFO phenomenon]”.
“Or I didn’t know what it was,” Fox suggested in response.
“The other way around too,” Friend insisted with a smile. “That they knew what it was.”
So, was Project Blue Book suspended because officials had found what they were looking for?
If so, what could it have been?