NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- The Pentagon on Monday declassified three previously-leaked U.S. Navy videos showing "unidentified aerial phenomena" -- to a lay person, UFOs -- in an effort "to clear up any misconceptions" about their authenticity.
Two of the videos were posted by The New York Times in December 2017, and then in March 2018, the third was released by To The Stars Academy of Arts & Sciences, a company co-founded by former Blink-182 musician Tom DeLonge that studies unidentified aerial phenomena.
A Pentagon spokesperson said Monday, "The Department of Defense has authorized the release of three unclassified Navy videos, one taken in November 2004 and the other two in January 2015, which have been circulating in the public domain after unauthorized releases in 2007 and 2017 ... After a thorough review, the department has determined that the authorized release of these unclassified videos does not reveal any sensitive capabilities or systems, and does not impinge on any subsequent investigations of military air space incursions by unidentified aerial phenomena."
The spokesperson explained, "The DOD is releasing the videos in order to clear up any misconceptions by the public on whether or not the footage that has been circulating was real, or whether or not there is more to the videos. The aerial phenomena observed in the videos remain characterized as 'unidentified.'"
In the videos, what appear to be unidentified flying objects rapidly move while being recorded by infrared cameras.
Two of the videos contain service members reacting at how quickly the objects are moving. One voice speculates that it could be a drone.
Not surprisingly, when the videos were initially leaked, it generated significant attention.
While many skeptics downplayed the videos, there were some -- even those in the military -- who were not so quick to disregard them.
Retired Cmdr. David Fravor told ABC News in 2017 of what he saw during a routine training mission on Nov. 14, 2004 off the coast of California. "I can tell you, I think it was not from this world," he said.
He added, remaining defiant, "I'm not crazy, haven't been drinking. It was -- after 18 years of flying, I've seen pretty much about everything that I can see in that realm, and this was nothing close."