Feb 22, 2016 I Paul Seaburn

UFO Agency in Argentina is Being Shut Down

In 2011, the government of Argentina, in response to a growing number of UFO sightings in that country, established an official agency to investigate and report on them. Just five years later, it is being shut down. Why? Will this impact the promises for UFO and alien disclosure coming from U.S. presidential hopefuls?

On May 26, 2011, Argentina, under then President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, launched the Commission for the Study of Aerospace Phenomena (CEFAE) as part of the Argentinean Air Force (AAF) under the direction of Captain Mariano Mohaupt, a press spokesperson for the AAF. Military and civilian experts were hired to investigate old and new unexplained UFO sightings reported by both AAF pilots and the general public. Captain Mohaupt laid out the agency’s goal:

Now it will deal with this issue in a formal and professional manner that contributes to its own mission of controlling our airspace.

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Captain Mariano Mohaupt (seated far right) at a meeting with Argentine ufologists

Argentina is not the first South American country to establish a UFO agency - Chile opened the Committee for the Study of Anomalous Aerial Phenomena (Comité de Estudios de Fenómenos Aéreos Anómalos - CEFAA) in 2010 for the same purpose. And Argentina has had its share of UFOs and unexplained phenomena to investigate. So why is CEFAE being shut down?

Politics. CEFAE was one of a number of pet projects of Fernández de Kirchner that new president Mauricio Macri looked to shut down when he took office in December 2015. Is he not a believer in UFOs? More likely, he’s a believer in results. The only thing officially produced in the five-year history of CEFAE was a 12-page report on 10 sightings which debunked nine of them and left the tenth unresolved because of a lack of photos.

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CEFAE logo

As with many things political, corruption was also involved. Funding for a CEFAE-related aerospace engineering program at the San Martin National University was believed to have been used to pay political party members and friends.

Was the CEFAE a victim of political corruption? Probably. Did it do any useful work? Evidence one way or the other is scarce. Are there still UFOs in Argentina? Plenty. Who’s investigating those? Good question.

Could the same thing happen to promises of UFO disclosure in the U.S.? It’s politics … what do you think?

Paul Seaburn

Paul Seaburn is the editor at Mysterious Universe and its most prolific writer. He’s written for TV shows such as "The Tonight Show", "Politically Incorrect" and an award-winning children’s program. He's been published in “The New York Times" and "Huffington Post” and has co-authored numerous collections of trivia, puzzles and humor. His “What in the World!” podcast is a fun look at the latest weird and paranormal news, strange sports stories and odd trivia. Paul likes to add a bit of humor to each MU post he crafts. After all, the mysterious doesn't always have to be serious.

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