Officials from the United States have looked into several inexplicable sightings in recent years, some of which were captured on camera with pilots shouting about things flying in front of them. They are still out there, whatever or whoever they are. The US intelligence community is chasing them down, but its upcoming report will not reveal the whole truth regarding UFOs.
After decades of conspiracy theories, TV programmers, movies, and sly jokes from presidents, the tantalizing prospect of top government information finally weighing in will instead provide a more mundane reality that is unlikely to change many minds on both sides of the issue.
Investigators have found no evidence linking the sightings to aliens, but they can’t deny the possibility. According to two sources informed on the study due to Congress later this month, the US government cannot provide a definitive explanation for aerial phenomena witnessed by military pilots.
The research does not rule out the possibility that the pilots observed new technologies created by other countries. According to one of the authorities, there is no evidence that the unexplained phenomena are linked to secret US operations. They couldn’t talk about it since they weren’t allowed to discuss the material publicly; the officials responded on the condition of anonymity. The conclusions of the investigation were initially reported by the New York Times.
The research looks into some unexplained sightings in recent years, some of which were captured on camera with pilots shouting about things flying in front of them. In December, Congress ordered that the Director of National Intelligence be appointed to summarize and report on the US government’s understanding of unidentified aerial phenomena, also known as unidentified flying objects or UFOs.
Officials from a Defense Department UAP task team formed last year have been involved in the project. According to one official, the expected public publication of an unclassified version of the report this month will serve as a progress report rather than the last word.
A Pentagon spokeswoman, Sue Gough, declined to comment on press reports about the intelligence report. The Pentagon’s UAP task group is “currently working on the report with the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, and DNI will disclose the results to Congress,” she said.
Given the possible threat to the national security of an adversary flying revolutionary equipment over a military station or other sensitive sites, or the possibility of a Russian or Chinese breakthrough exceeding current US capabilities, the US government takes unidentified aircraft occurrences seriously. Given that many pilots who reported encountering inexplicable aerial phenomena were performing combat training flights, the US military sees this as a security and safety issue.
Given many Americans’ longstanding curiosity with UFOs and the possibility of alien contact, the report’s lack of strong conclusions will undoubtedly disappoint some who were looking forward to it. The government report sparked even more interest after a recent segment on CBS’ “60 Minutes.”
On the other hand, skeptics point out that the films and sightings have reasonable Earth-bound explanations. Mick West, an author, investigator, and longstanding skeptic of UFO reports, said the military should investigate any suspected incursion of US airspace, particularly by an adversary.
“People are combining this issue with the idea that these UFOs have remarkable physics and could even contain aliens,” West explained. “The claim that this is some hidden warp drive or that it defies physics as we know it is based on a lack of evidence.” Last year, the Pentagon formed a task force to look into the matter, and the Navy recently established a system for its pilots to report any possible sightings. In recent years, lawmakers have pushed for more public information.