'Something's out there': UFO researchers welcome release of Pentagon report into 'unidentified aerial phenomena'
The US government taskforce has been investigating sightings between US military personnel and unidentified flying objects.
The release of a report by the Pentagon, detailing what the US government knows about what it calls "unidentified aerial phenomena", is being seen as a moment of validation by members of the UFO community.
Researchers and investigators, for so long mocked as conspiracy theorists and worse, say the revelation that a "UAP Task Force" has been collecting evidence for the Department of Defence for more a decade confirms their suspicions.
"The phenomenon has just been validated by the papers coming out that, yes, there's something out there. No, we don't know what it is, but it's worth looking into. And that's what we've been doing for decades," said Chris Jones of the Mutual UFO Network.
Image:Chris Jones believes the evidence so far is worth looking into
The government task force has been investigating dozens of reported sightings and encounters between US military personnel and unidentified flying objects.
Among the most striking evidence are cockpit videos recorded by US Navy pilots of objects appearing to defy the rules of physics.
Sean Cahill was serving about missile cruiser the USS Princeton in 2004 when he was one of many to witness what has become known as the "tic-tac".
The white oblong-shape, the size of a small aircraft, showed no outward signs of conventional propulsion and darted around alarmingly at high speed.
At the time, Mr Cahill said, he assumed the military's nonchalant reaction to the sightings was evidence the object was part of a secret US programme.
Now, he believes, there are serious national security concerns.
Image:The 'tic-tac' showed no outward signs of conventional propulsion
"I feel that I was I was pulling something out of the future," he said.
"This was not just another flock of birds or a balloon or a or swamp gases, we knew that this was a craft that was outstripping our arsenal, and that was in 2004.
"I did feel it was historical then. Now I'm positive of that fact.
"But I think that there's even more out there that we need to we need to see and understand.
"I hazard to say that if we don't pry this out into the daylight right now I fear that it'll go right back into the black and it'll be another 70 years before we actually find out what this is."
Image:Sean Cahill believes there is 'more out there'
But some of those who have been in space are doubtful the sightings are of alien spacecraft.
Leroy Chiao, a former commander aboard the International Space Station, said: "Although I think there is life elsewhere in the universe, the distances are so vast that I don't think we'll ever find each other."
Image:Leroy Chiao is a former commander aboard the International Space Station
The Pentagon report is the culmination of a push by politicians, including former US Senate majority leader Harry Reid, for greater openness.
He told Sky News: "This goes back 70 years and we know initially the government did everything it could to cover it up. I think the new technology we have has made it more difficult for the government to deny what is going on.
"The government has got to be part of it and no longer be part of a cover-up, they've got to be transparent in everything they do."
Image:The road to Area 51, affectionately dubbed 'Extraterrestrial Highway'
The budget Mr Reid helped secure created the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Programme.
Now defunct, its former director has heralded the publication of the report.
Luiz Elizondo told Sky News: "We're at a critical mass where at least the conversation has moved forward and I don't think we can go back.
"We now recognise that these things are real, whatever these things are, and I don't know how you can rewind the narrative of that."
UFO Report Cites ‘Unidentified Aerial Phenomena’ That Defy Worldly Explanation, U.S. Official Says
Propulsion, technology in some cases exceed present-day scientific knowledge, U.S. officials say
The Department of Defense has authorized the release of three unclassified Navy videos which have been circulating in the public domain after unauthorized releases in 2007 and 2017.
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June 25, 2021 4:45 pm ET
WASHINGTON—U.S. intelligence officials have examined more than a dozen sightings of unexplained aerial objects that displayed no visible propulsion or that used technology beyond the known capabilities of the U.S. or its adversaries, according to a senior U.S. official describing a new report.
The instances were among 144 studied by intelligence officials for the long-awaited report, but weren’t offered as evidence of possible alien activity—though that prospect wasn’t definitively ruled out. Instead, officials said greater technological understanding may be required to determine what was behind many of the unexplained cases.
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Preliminary Assessment: Unidentified Aerial Phenomena
“Some of those could require some scientific advances on our part to allow us to better understand what it is that we’re observing,” said one of the officials. “It’s clear that we need to improve our capacity to further analyze remaining observations.”
Eighteen of the cases involved objects that displayed patterns of flight not well explained by current knowledge of propulsion and technology, the officials said.
The intelligence report, prepared by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, didn’t resolve the issue of possible alien flight in U.S. airspace, but steered the debate over what the Pentagon calls unidentified aerial phenomena, or UAP, out of the fringes of conspiracy theory and into official discourse.
The unexplained sightings have been occurring for nearly two decades Some video footage of pilots’ encounters with the unknown aircraft, as well as the pilots’ reactions, has leaked into the public domain.
The Pentagon last summer revived a small, secretive unit called the Unidentified Aerial Phenomena Task Force to study the encounters.
U.S. military pilots have observed objects moving at hypersonic velocity, more than five times the speed of sound, and conducting maneuvers impossible using publicly known technology, stoking fears of industrial leaps made by adversarial nations.
Both China and Russia are believed to have experimented with hypersonic technology, but Friday’s report doesn’t support a conclusion that those countries were involved in the unexplained flights.
“There’s no evidence that foreign government systems account for any of the events described,” one of the officials said.
The report also provides no confirmation of otherworldly aircraft and technologies, settling discussion of unidentified aerial phenomena in the gray area where theories thrive.
“We have no clear indications that there is any non-terrestrial explanation,” one of the officials said.
Friday’s report encompasses 144 reports of UAP activity from 2004 until this year and offers almost no conclusive interpretation for the sightings.
“They very clearly demonstrate an array of aerial behaviors, which makes it very clear to us that there are multiple types of unidentified aerial phenomena that require different explanations,” one of the officials said.
In the report, ODNI establishes five categories for UAP sightings: airborne clutter such as birds and balloons; natural atmospheric phenomenon like thermal fluctuations; governmental or industrial developmental programs; foreign-adversary systems; and brief encounters for which there is too little information for more exact categorization.
Of the 144 UAP sighting reports, ODNI placed only one of the cases into any of categories—saying it resulted from airborne clutter—with the remainder lacking sufficient data for any classification, including as either foreign government or U.S. technology.
“The potential of this report was actually significant,” said Seth Shostak, a senior astronomer at the SETI Institute in Mountain View, Calif. “It could have come up with something that was incontrovertible evidence for extraterrestrial flight. That was the implicit promise here. But in the end, it didn’t go any farther than reports made in the 1950s. We can explain some of these things, but we can’t explain them all.”
The report was spurred in part by the public release of three Navy videos showing the flight of UAP aircraft. One of the officials said that the government has studied these videos and the readings given by U.S. onboard sensors, but that the government has settled on no explanation for the phenomenon observed in the clips.
“We don’t have any clear indications that any of these unidentified aerial phenomena are part of a foreign collection program,” one of the officials said. “And we don’t have any clear data that is indicative of a major technological advancement by a potential adversary.”
U.S. officials have reviewed more than a dozen sightings of flying objects that displayed no visible propulsion or used technology beyond known capabilities, according to a senior U.S. official describing a new report on UFOs.
@MisterLike basically confirming, these things are not from earth.