The CIA’s declassified UFO photos are garbage

The Agency kept pictures of fuzzy ovals a state secret for two and a half decades

Written by JPat Brown
Edited by Michael Morisy

As you may be aware, part of the CIA’s CREST release included an extensive archive of files pertaining to UFOs, including photos of supposed sightings. As you might not be aware, the majority of those photos are hot garbage.

See what we mean? Garbage.

And so, to round out our week of X-Files themed records, we’re going to take you on a tour of the most dubious examples of extraterrestrial evidence the CIA collected, all of which were considered state secrets until just a few years ago. Like this bloated nightmare emoji.

Or this potato with the Peanuts Christmas tree sticking out of it.

Or this MRI or an apple.

Or this ultrasound of a gumball.

Or this blotch.

Or this collection of blotches.

Or this fingerprint.

Or … this.

Or this random mountain range.

Or this world-famous landmark.

Or this random landmark being attacked by spheres from Phantasm.

Or this ominous jellyfish.

Or this young David Bowie looking surprised at a floating punching bag.

Or this, uh … well …

Or, um … wait, really?

Are you … are you just messing with us, CIA?

Thanks to Emma Best for the find! Check out the full list of garbage yourself embedded below.


Image by UFO Phil via Wikimedia Commons and is licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0