In 1992 CBS-TV and Sun International Pictures used the same debunked claims of CIA Ark imagery that had been circulating since the 1970s to request the agency release the images for a program on Noah’s Ark because, they said, their earlier program on “Ancient Secrets of the Bible” was second in the May 15 ratings.
Two 1994 memos also state that there is no evidence for Noah’s Ark in any classified image. And a 1995 letter clearly states that there is no research program into Noah’s Ark and had never been, as confirmed again in a conversation with the staff of Sen. Richard Lugar that same year.
By this time, the very fact that others had requested information from the CIA about Ark imagery had become evidence in and of itself that such photos of the Ark existed!
So, that’s what the CIA FOIA material actually says. The lesson? If the CIA weren't so obsessed with secrecy and had just released the documents before FOIA forced them to do so, we wouldn't have this conspiracy theory to kick around.
I'm open to whether Redfern has uncovered other CIA documents, but if so, they are not listed in the CIA's FOIA archive and there is no public record of their release.
Oppenheimer’s alleged knowledge of prehistoric nuclear war stems ultimately from this paragraph from a November 8, 1948 Time magazine article recounting the first atomic blast in 1944:
When the announcer shouted 'Now!' and there came this tremendous burst of light, followed ... by the deep-growling roar of the explosion, his face relaxed into an expression of tremendous relief." Oppenheimer recalls that two lines of the Bhagavad-Gita flashed through his mind: "I am become death, the shatterer of worlds."
From this we can trace ever broadening claims for Oppenheimer’s research down to Redfern, who told an interviewer that: “I point out that this [ancient nuclear warfare] is an issue that none other than Robert Oppenheimer was fascinated with, and who may have secretly suspected that our civilization was not the first to develop atomic power.” But Oppenheimer was actually fascinated with Hinduism, not prehistoric nuclear warfare, and took moral not scientific lessons from the Vedic scriptures, according to his biographers. Moreover, Oppenheimer did not relate the first atomic blast only to the Gita; he also compared it to Prometheus stealing fire from the gods, evidence that Oppenheimer was making a moral not a scientific comparison.
Additionally, any government investigation into UFO levitation technology used to build the Pyramids of Egypt must surely have been ineffective since the same US government funded a study that also proved that the pyramids were built with a primitive form of concrete.
Let me take the minimalist position: The US government investigates all sorts of nonsense. The CIA is on record as having investigated remote viewing and whether staring at goats can cause them to die. The government does many stupid things, and any documentation that they explored the ancient astronaut theory or any other pseudoscience is not proof that the theory is true, only that our government is made up of people, some of whom can’t tell fact from fiction—just like some authors.