The debate about whether aliens and extraterrestrial life exist has been finally put to rest by the CIA. The US Central Intelligence Agency has released 13 million pages of declassified documents regarding the matter online. The 800,000 file-document contains decades of CIA research gathered on UFO sightings, flying saucers and mysterious events.
CIA Changes Information Viewing Rules After 17 Years
CIA decided to upload the extensive reports online after facing a lawsuit from freedom of information advocates. These advocates demanded that all the information be made not only public, but easily accessible. The trove of information was previously available only inside four computers at the National Archives in Maryland. And visitors could take a peek at them only between fixed hours.
Declassifying the reports and uploading them online for everyone to see was a long time overdue for CIA. This because according to the official website of CIA, the Executive Order 13526 calls for the automatic declassification of records that are 25 years or older. Since 2000, the declassified information could be viewed by people by accessing the CREST or the CIA Research Tool in National Archives in Maryland. However, owing to the inconvenience of manually accessing CREST from a single location, CIA decided to release all declassified information online from January 2017.
UFO, Stargate, Invisible Ink And More
The uploaded stream of information includes formerly classified data that dates back to the time of Henry Kissinger, who served as secretary of state under presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford. Other than the evidence of alien sightings, documents pertaining to the Stargate Project and the process for making invisible ink have also been disclosed. All the information is now available on the CIA Library website.
The Stargate Project explored the potential of psychic powers and extrasensory perception. Details of scientific experiments conducted with celebrity psychic Uri Geller, back in 1973, have been mentioned. Geller has already begun making a name in the rare field of psychic reading. CIA studied Geller’s ability to more or less correctly guess the objects placed in another sealed room. Researchers concluded that he “demonstrated his paranormal perceptual ability in a convincing and unambiguous manner”.
The freedom of information organization that compelled the CIA to take this all-important initiative was MuckRock. Journalist Mike Best even crowd-funded $15,000 to speed up the process. He offered to visit the archives and offered to print out and upload the documents online. “By printing out and scanning the documents at CIA expense, I was able to begin making them freely available to the public and to give the agency a financial incentive to simply put the database online,” wrote Best, reported BBC.