The nine-page unclassified report recognizes 144 encounters with what the government calls Unidentified Aerial Phenomena (UAP) since 2004. It only manages to explain one of these sightings as a deflated weather balloon, and it provides no news. video or photo of other mysterious encounters.
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Intelligence officials say most of the sightings were likely physical objects, not towers of light. They say none of these objects were secret US projects, and they found no evidence that UFOs could be advanced hypersonic technology from Russia or China.
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They also found no evidence to suggest the objects were otherworldly spaceships, nor did they claim to have any evidence of captured alien bodies or technology. The report itself does not include the word “foreign” anywhere in its text.
“Of the 144 reports we’re dealing with here, we have no clear indication that there is a non-terrestrial explanation for them – but we’ll go where the data takes us,” a senior US official told CNN.
In other words, officials cannot say that these strange UFOs are – or are not – aliens. They simply remain unidentified.
The report said 80 of the sightings occurred on multiple detection devices and 11 cases involved “near miss” collisions with US personnel.
Some of the objects “appeared to exhibit unusual flight characteristics,” the report said, echoing public comments made by pilots who claim to have seen UFOs firsthand. The report also acknowledges that these strange movements “could be the result of sensor errors, impersonation or poor viewer perception.”
He goes on to say that there is probably not a single explanation for the 143 mysterious sightings.
Investigators compared many sightings to possible causes such as birds, weather balloons, military tests, alien technology, or natural phenomena. They didn’t have enough data to completely categorize everything they found, and the remaining 143 sightings were simply listed as “other.”
The report acknowledges that there may be some bias in the data, as most of the documented sightings were made by pilots who were using advanced sensors in testing and training areas in the United States. He also cites “the unit’s expectations and guidance for reporting anomalies” as potential issues with the data.
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The report adds to the mystery surrounding these PANs, acknowledging their existence while offering no evidence to indicate their origins.
Several senior government officials spoiled the gist of the report earlier this month, when they shared details of an advance briefing with The New York Times. These early reports underestimated the number of UFO sightings in recent years.
The report itself is unclassified, but includes an appendix which remains classified.
Republican Senator Marco Rubio, who had lobbied for the report, welcomed its publication on Friday.
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“For years the men and women we trust to defend our country have reported encounters with unidentified planes with superior capabilities, and for years their concerns have often been ignored and ridiculed,” a- he declared.
“This report is an important first step in cataloging these incidents, but it is only the first step. The Department of Defense and the intelligence community have a lot of work to do before we can truly understand whether these air threats present a serious national security concern. “
The report concludes that UAPs “clearly pose a flight safety problem and may pose a challenge to the national security of the United States.” He also points out that a standard reporting process for such sightings has been established, dating back to March 2019.
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The report to Congress comes at a time of renewed interest in UFOs in popular culture and in the U.S. government, which dates back to an explosive New York Times story in late 2017. This story revealed that the U.S. government had been secretly investigating UFOs for years. . He also revealed three never-before-seen UFO videos shot by members of the US Navy, which showed strange objects moving at high speed on military sensors.
The Pentagon changed its stance on UFOs in the years since this report was released. Officials are now encouraging pilots to report UFO sightings in restricted airspace, fearing the objects pose a risk to military personnel. The Department of Defense (DoD) also launched a dedicated UAP task force last year to specifically investigate these unexplained sightings.
Additionally, the Pentagon has confirmed the authenticity of several UFO videos leaked by the military in recent years, a handful of which appeared earlier this year.
Several of the latest leaks come from an incident involving the USS Omaha off San Diego in July 2019, when several UAPs were spotted over a period of a few days. One video shows several luminous triangle-shaped objects buzzing above the warship, while another sensor video shows a round object moving at high speed before plunging into the ocean.
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Three former US Navy pilots recently told CBS about their own UFO encounters for a special episode of 60 minutes. Two of the pilots described seeing an airliner-sized “Tic Tac” hover over an area of whitewater in the Pacific Ocean in 2004, during a multi-day incident involving the USS Nimitz combat group.
Another pilot told CBS that he and his teammates saw UFOs almost daily while stationed in Virginia Beach on the east coast from 2014 to 2015.
The Pentagon has previously confirmed the authenticity of a “Tic Tac” video recorded during the same year 2004 Nimitz incident, as well as PAN photos and videos taken near Virginia Beach in recent years.
John Ratcliffe, the former director of national intelligence under Donald Trump, said in March that there are “many more sightings” of UFOs than the public is aware of.
“We’re talking about objects that have been seen by Navy or Air Force pilots, or that have been picked up by satellite imagery, that frankly engage in actions that are difficult to explain,” Ratcliffe said. Fox News. “Movements that are difficult to reproduce, for which we do not have the technology or which move at speeds exceeding the sound barrier without sonic boom. “
Former US President Barack Obama acknowledged the UFO mystery during an appearance on the Late Late Show avec James Corden last month.
“What’s true, and I’m actually serious here, is that there are images and recordings of objects in the sky that we don’t know exactly what they are,” he said. he told Corden.
“We can’t explain how they move, their trajectory,” Obama said. “They didn’t have an easily explainable model. “
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He then told the New York Times that the alien evidence would likely spark sweeping backlash around the world.
“New religions would emerge, and who knows what kind of arguments we would get into,” he said.
The report to Congress was commissioned as part of a major COVID-19 relief bill earlier this year.
Officials apparently waited the last possible moment to drop the report, releasing it just before 5 p.m. EST on Friday.