Sci-Fi Thursday: AATIP

Staci Troilo

Ciao, amici. This is the last of the new blog features. Since I’m writing science fiction, I thought it was only right to talk about it.

Today, my inaugural topic is the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program (AATIP). The funny thing is, it’s not science fiction. It’s a US Government fact.

AATIP was founded in 2007 to investigate reports of UFO and alien sightings. It fell under the umbrella of the Defense Intelligence Agency and was funded $22 million in the five years it operated. It officially ended in 2012 and was made public in 2017.

It’s probably of no surprise that conspiracy theorists believe AATIP (or a renamed version of it) still operates in secret. Their argument is the vague wording of the government’s announcement, which stated that funding for AATIP is no longer available. To them, that means the status of the agency is unknown and could therefore…

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