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Argentina's UFO Agency is Being Shut Down - Here's Why

First Posted: Feb 18, 2016 06:00 PM EST
53rd annual UFO Encounter in Roswell, New Mexico

53rd annual UFO Encounter in Roswell, New Mexico(Photo : Joe Raedle/Newsmakers/ Getty Images)

When Mauricio Macri became the new President of Argentina, his administration decided to shut down several pet projects of his predecessor, Christina Fernandez de Kirchner. One particular division is an Argentinian UFO agency.

In May 2011, Fernandez de Kirchner started the Commission for the Study of Aerospace Phenomena or CEFAE, which hired civilian and military experts. The new agency had the objective of getting more details about several UFO sightings in Argentina.

However, the agency’s almost five-year existence only came up with one report and 10 investigated UFO sightings. The one and only study consisted of 12 pages and concluded that nine out of 10 sightings actually involved a bird, soccer ball, helicopter, red lights of an antenna, a star, airplane, Jupiter, the moon and a combination of a star, satellite and NASA’s International Space Station. The 10th case was not resolved because the witness failed to provide a photo or video. However, the study stated that it may be a red laser being shown on a wall.

The published report stated that overall, the cases were due to causes of known origin. However, the reports serve as useful testimony in proving that majority of people mistake ordinary objects with extraordinary ones. The lone report came out in December 2015 after Kirchner exited presidency.

The document reportedly had no signatures and consisted of UFO reports from 2014 to 2015. There was no evidence regarding the activities of the CEFAE, three years since it was established. In 2012, some officials noted up to 23 UFO-related cases under investigation. At this time, the agency also purportedly received 102 complaints, 79 of which had been removed. Furthermore, the agency employed pilots, geologists, engineers, meteorologists and other experts but failed to disclose its operational expenses.

The CEFAE was also linked to the San Martin National University (UNSM), which public officials allegedly used for personal gain. During Kirchner's time, the school reportedly came up with a degree in aerospace engineering. It was believed, however, that the $15 million in funding the division was actually used to pay party activists and cronies.

Kirchner’s administration was ridden with allegations of corruption. The Macri administration is currently taking down various initiatives set up by its predecessor, which may have been used for purposes other than for the public.

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