This week, the CIA made a bold and unprecedented move: they declassified a boatload of documents on various topics. Hot among them was the UFO phenomenon, with more than 1,700 cases and their subsequent investigation being made public.

The trove of declassified documents covers a wide range of topics including the Cold War, Vietnam and even strange phenomena like UFO encounters and the manifestation of powers deemed supernatural. In total, more than 12 million pages were made available for access on the spy agency’s Electronic Reading Room.

Prior to this recent declassification effort, the CIA’s Reading Room was only accessible from the National Archives in College Park. With this geographic restriction now lifted, anyone can have a look at the analysis and conclusions of one of the world’s leading spy agency on a subject as sensitive as UFOs.

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Dated August 3, 1966, one of the documents gives an early example of what could have been a camouflaged mothership being spotted by airplane pilots.

“We suddenly observed a brilliant white sphere approximating the coloration and intensity of [a] full bright moon,” the document read. “The sphere appeared suddenly and at the first sighting was approximately three times the size of a full moon.”

From start to end, the sighting lasted about five minutes but during this relatively short period of time, the UFO appeared to increase in size many times over.

“Toward the end of this period it became very faint and its enormous size seemed to fill the sky. The base of the sphere appeared to rest on the horizon throughout the period it was observed, indicating that the center of the sphere was rising during the time that it was expanding. The weather conditions were excellent and the unusually clear sky afforded unlimited visibility.”

Their Reading Room provides a description of what can be found there and it does sound like a well-meant promise. That alone should make one become suspicious:

“Do UFOs fascinate you? Are you a history buff who wants to learn more about the Bay of Pigs, Vietnam or the A-12 Oxcart? Have stories about spies always fascinated you? You can find information about all of these topics and more in the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Electronic Reading Room.”

CIA officials noted the unexpected bout of transparency reflects the agency’s commitment to increase the public’s accessibility to its documents.

“Access to this historically significant collection is no longer limited by geography,” stated agency director of information management Joseph Lambert. “The American public can access these documents from the comfort of their homes.”

This move has been met with mixed reactions by the UFO community. While some argue that this might be a sign of things to come (possibly a large-scale declassification program that breaks the ice and tells the truth), the vast majority of alien enthusiasts are convinced this is only the tip of the iceberg and the bulk of UFO documents will remain untouched by public eyes.

They claim that all incidents presenting importance undergo a different routine and are not subject to declassification movements.

It’s worth pointing out the discrepancy between what we expect of declassified UFO files and their actual information content. Think about it, did you ever read a declassified UFO file that made a statement you had never heard before or presented evidence like you’d never seen before?

Common sense dictates these cases exist, but official documents and analysis reports do not. Classic symptom of information being withheld.

That is why UFO hunters will always say they look elsewhere for their truth.