The Pentagon has acknowledged the existence of a mysterious program to investigate sightings of unidentified flying objects (UFOs).

The US Department of Defense says the program stopped in 2012, but the New York Times says UFO-related UFO investigations continue.

Between 2007 and 2012, the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program has documented strange flying objects, traveling at high speed without visible propulsion or in a stationary position with no apparent lift, depending on the aircraft. New York Times.

One of the videos obtained by the New York Times shows two American fighter jets pursuing an airlifter-sized oval object off the coast of California in 2004.

The Pentagon said in a statement that the program ended in 2012.

“It was determined that there were other priorities that deserved funding and that it was in the best interest of the department to make a change,” says the Pentagon.

The $ 22-million program, known only to a small number of officials, was initiated by former Democratic senator from Nevada, then leader of the Senate majority, Harry Reid, who was particularly interested in unexplained phenomena.

Most of the money from the program went to an aerospace research company headed by Robert Bigelow, a billionaire entrepreneur and a longtime Harry Reid friend, according to the New York Times.

“We do not have the answers, but we have a lot of things to ask questions about,” Harry Reid told his Twitter account after the New York Times poll released on Saturday.

“It’s a science and national security issue.┬áIf America does not answer these questions, others will.