Whatever or whoever they’re, they are still available in the market. US intelligence is after them, but its upcoming outline may not deliver any full or last truth approximately UFOs.
The tantalising prospect of top government intel after all weighing in — after decades of conspiracy theories, TV shows, movies and winking jokes by presidents — will instead yield a more mundane reality that isn’t likely to change many minds on any side of the issue.
Investigators have found no evidence the sightings are linked to aliens — but can’t deny a link either. Two officials briefed on the outline because of Congress later this month say the United States government cannot give a definitive explanation of aerial phenomena spotted by military pilots.
The outline also doesn’t rule out that what pilots have seen could also be new technologies developed by other countries. Some of the officials said there’s no indication the unexplained phenomena are from secret US programmes.
The officials were not authorised to speak about the information publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity. Findings of the outline were first published by The New York Times.
The outline examines a couple of unexplained sightings from recent years that in some cases have been captured on video of pilots exclaiming approximately objects flying in front of them.
Congress in December required the Director of National Intelligence to summarise and outline on the United States government’s knowledge of unidentified aerial phenomena, or UAPs — better known to the public as unidentified flying objects or UFOs. The effort has included a Defense Branch UAP task force established final year. The expected public release of an unclassified version of the outline this month will amount to a status outline, not the last word, according to one official.
A Pentagon spokeswoman, Sue Gough, declined Friday to remark on news stories approximately the intelligence outline. She said the Pentagon’s UAP task force is “actively working with the Office of the Director of National Intelligence on the outline, and DNI will give you the findings to Congress.”
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki, when asked approximately the outline, said of the question to start with, “It’s at all times a little wacky on Fridays.” But she added, “I can say that we take reports of incursions into our airspace by any aircraft — identified or unidentified — very seriously and investigate each and every one.”
The Pentagon and Central Intelligence Agency have for decades looked into reports of aircraft or other objects in the sky flying at inexplicable speeds or trajectories.
The United States government takes unidentified aerial phenomena seriously provided the potential national security risk of an adversary flying novel technology over a military base or another touchy site, or the prospect of a Russian or Chinese development exceeding current US capabilities. This also is seen by the United States military as a safety and security issue, for the reason that in many cases the pilots who reported seeing unexplained aerial phenomena were conducting combat training flights.
The outline’s lack of firm conclusions will likely disappoint people anticipating the outline, provided many Americans’ long-standing fascination with UFOs and the prospect of aliens having reached humankind. A recent story on CBS’ “60 Minutes” further bolstered interest in the government outline.
Luis Elizondo, former head of the Pentagon’s Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program, said the one official’s claim that there was once no indicated link to secret US programs would be remarkable. But he called on the government to be fully translucent.
“I think that our tax dollars paid for information and data involving UFOs,” Elizondo said. “And I think it is the United States government’s obligation to supply those results to the American people.”
But skeptics caution that the videos and reported sightings have believable Soil-bound explanations. Mick West, an creator, investigator and longtime skeptic of UFO sightings, said he supported the military taking a look into any imaginable incursion of US airspace, particularly by an adversary.
“People are conflating this issue with the concept these UFOs illustrate amazing physics and maybe even aliens,” West said. “The concept that this is some roughly secret warp drive or it’s defying physics as we understand it, there truly is not any good evidence for that.”
The Pentagon final year announced a task force to enquire the issue, and the Navy lately created a protocol for its pilots to outline any imaginable sightings. And lawmakers lately have pushed for more public disclosure.
“There is a stigma on Capitol Hill,” Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., told “60 Minutes” in May. “I intent, some of my colleagues are very interested in this topic and a few roughly, you realize, giggle when you bring it up. But I do not believe we will be able to allow the stigma to retain us from having an answer to a very essential question.”
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