Videos of Mysterious Unidentified Objects Need To Be Taken Seriously, Former Government Official Says

A new video which shows an unidentified aircraft streaking through the sky needs to be further evaluated, a former government employee says.

Christopher Mellon, who served as deputy assistant secretary of defense for intelligence under the Clinton and George W. Bush administrations, claims that the new video—along with at least two others—"appear to provide evidence of the existence of aircraft far superior to anything possessed by the United States or its allies," he wrote in an op-ed published by The Washington Post.

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The latest footage—which was released by To the Stars Academy of Arts and Science, a private research company—was taken aboard a U.S. Navy jet featuring "the most advanced sensors and powerful tracking systems on the market," according to the video which was captured in 2015, but published to Youtube on March 9.

In the video, U.S. fighter pilots are heard reacting to the object as it zooms over the Atlantic Ocean.

"Oh my gosh, dude," a person is heard saying.

"Wow! What is that, man?" another replies.

"Look at that flying!"

In December, The New York Times published similar footage showing unidentified objects that were captured in 2004 and released by the Defense Department's Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program—a mysterious effort which cost $22 million.

Funding for the program is believed to have come to a halt in 2012; however it still remains in existence, backers told The New York Times.

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Mellon, who is an adviser to the To the Stars Academy for Arts and Science, questions in his op-ed whether the videos are potentially "evidence of some alien civilization." But he goes on to acknowledge that we don't know because answers aren't being sought.

"There is no Pentagon process for synthesizing all the observations the military is making," Mellon wrote. "The current approach is equivalent to having the Army conduct a submarine search without the Navy."