The Secrets We Keep

UAP — National Security

The United States Air Force has been withholding intelligence on Unidentified Aerial Phenomena (UAP) from government spy agencies and congress for decades.

Nick Madrid
10 min readFeb 21, 2022
Air Force F-22 Raptor, Getty

Try to imagine a branch of the United States military, specifically the Air Force, withholding critical UAP intelligence from not only interagency government departments and congressional oversight but likely the president of the United States.

That’s the gist of a powerful and compelling article from Christopher Mellon last week in The Debrief titled “Why Is The Air Force AOL On the UAP Issue?” He’s the former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Intelligence and a man who’s in the know. Mellon went into a great amount of specific detail in educating Congress on a myriad of areas where they may find critical data to further their efforts.

He followed with an interview with Micah Hanks, and made deliberate Air Force stonewalling sound like a distinct possibility:

"We have Navy fighter pilots reporting UAP from the same training range where Air Force F-22s are operating, which have more powerful and capable radar operating systems, so how could they not be seeing what the Navy pilots are seeing? The answer is they were, but they were afraid to report that information because of some kind of retribution or effect on their careers, or the Air Force is squirreling that away and not sharing it."

Recently, Christopher Mellon and Lue Elizondo recounted a story on the Somewhere in the Skies podcast involving an Air Force officer who was trying to provide UAP intelligence to the director of the Unidentified Aerial Phenomenon Task Force (UAPTF) and was shut down by his chain of command.

Christopher Mellon, former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Intelligence, 60 Minutes UAP Report

Then on an episode of Need To Know with Coulthart and Zabel, “Air Force versus Navy,” Australian investigative journalist Ross Coulthart & his co-host Bryce Zabel (a former investigative journalist himself) jumped on Mellon’s contention that of the 144 UAP cases cited in the UAP Preliminary Report of…



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