Pentagon officials speaking at the first public hearing on UFOs since the 1960s screened previously classified footage of unidentified aerial phenomena (UAP), a split-second video about a metal ball that flies over the flight path of a military jet at supersonic speed.
The object, photographed through the cockpit window of an FA-18 fighter jet in 2021, was also seen by the Navy pilot flying the jet and picked up by the aircraft’s sensors. But what exactly it could be is still a mystery.
Deputy Director of Naval Intelligence Scott Bray presented the video to representatives during a public hearing held by a House Intelligence subcommittee that saw lawmakers grill him and another intelligence and defense expert on the many reports of military pilots about mysterious aerial phenomena. The focus of the hearing was a Pentagon report June 2021 revealed that US Navy pilots have reported 144 sightings of UAPs since 2004, most of which the set of conclusions “probably represent physical objects.”
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Responding to a representative’s question about the nature of the object, Deputy Director of Naval Intelligence Scott Bray said, “I have no explanation as to what this particular object is.” He commented that, since the release of the report last year, the number of reported UAP sightings has grown to more than 400, and that the incidents – many of which occurred in military and space training areas specified and still undefined – is “regular and continuing.”
Of the 144 UAP sightings included in the June 2021 report, 18 showed extremely unusual flight behaviours, with the mysterious objects appearing to “stand still in the overhead wind, moving in the opposite direction” wind, sudden maneuvers or travel at significant speeds without means of propulsion,” according to the report. Released video clips also show some of these non-engined ships traveling at supersonic speeds, Live Science previously reported, and a video (recorded by the US Navy) back) appears to show a spherical UFO hovering in the air while darting from side to side, before plunging into the ocean.
“This hearing and our surveillance work at its core have one simple idea: Unidentified phenomena are potential national security threats, and they should be treated that way,” said Chairman. Indiana President and Representative André Carson said in his opening remarks.
Also testifying at the hearing were Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence and Security Ronald Moultrie, advisor to Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin, and organizer of the Target Identification and Management Synchronization Group on No (AOIMSG) was newly established to track UAPs. Moultrie said that the Pentagon cannot rule out the possibility that the sightings could be related to extraterrestrial life.
“There are elements in our government involved in the search for extraterrestrial life,” Moultrie said, referring to NASA. “Our goal is not to potentially cover something up, but to understand what might be going on there.”
However, Bray rejected the notion that the UAP was of extraterrestrial origin. “We found no ‘phenomenon’ in the UAP task force that would suggest it was anything of non-terrestrial origin,” he said, referring to the ‘phenomenon’ as any any form of debris or signal from the UAP. Bray also stressed that no unexplained material or debris has been found and that Navy pilots have never made any attempts to contact the objects.
Bray and Moultrie told representatives that most sightings are unexplained and can even be dangerous, with Bray noting that UAPs have been involved in 11 close collisions with US military aircraft. Some encounters are even thought to have occurred over sensitive nuclear facilities, such as an alleged incident at Malmstrom Air Force Base in Montana that sent 10 intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM) nucleus inoperable while a fiery red sphere is seen overhead.
That data is not in the possession of the UAP task force, Bray said. “I’ve heard stories, I don’t see official data on that.”
Bray also confirmed that the UAP has been identified by the militaries of other countries.
“Allies have seen these things. China has established a UAP task force.” Bray said. “We share data with some and some share data with us.”
Another video released during the hearing showed a night vision recording of multiple flashing triangles gliding through the air. This time, officials had an explanation, saying they were visual artifacts created by the dim light of drones flying overhead as the light passed through the night vision goggles.
This time around, other US Navy forces also observed drone systems nearby, and we now reasonably believe that these triangles are similar to each other, Bray said. related to aerial drone systems”.
According to Representative Carson, the live-streamed hearing is an attempt by lawmakers to bring a level of transparency to the process by which the Pentagon is investigating unexplained witnessing cases, and to determine directs the reporting of strange aerial phenomena.
“For a long time, the stigma associated with UAP has affected how well intelligence is analyzed. Pilots have either avoided reporting, or been laughed at when they did. DOD officials raised the issue. Take it down to the back room or sweep it under the rug completely, Carson said. “We know better these days. Unexplainable UAP, that’s true. But they are real. They need to be investigated. And any threat they pose needs to be mitigated.”
Despite this push for transparency, much of what defense and intelligence professionals know about sightings, along with the technology they use to detect them, remains classified for security reasons. nation. The public hearing is followed by a second closed hearing, dedicated to classified information.
“One of the concerns of Congress is that the executive branch, the administration, on both sides, has swept away concerns about UAPs by focusing on the facts that can be explained and avoiding those,” Carson said. inexplicable events. “What can you say to make the American people trust that you are not just focusing our attention on low fruit and easy-to-understand explanations?”
The last time an investigation of this kind took place was in 1969, when the United States Air Force’s investigation into UFOs known as Project Blue Book ended due to the assumption that no unexplained flying objects had been identified. and no flying object has ever been assessed as a threat to national security. .
Nearly 50 years later, in 2017, Politico and the New York Times released a series of whistleblower reports about the Pentagon’s secret UFO research office, including several testimonies from pilots. Navy and radar crews who encountered foreign objects in the air almost “on a daily basis.” Following media reports, President Joe Biden introduced a requirement in the new National Defense Authorization Act that the military establish a new office to investigate UAP, along with publishing the report. annual reports and six-monthly briefings to the National Assembly.
The 2021 report is not the only recent revelation that the US government has been secretly documenting strange, seemingly unexplained activities. In April, a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request issued by the US newspaper The Sun brought more than 1,500 pages of UFO-related documents to the public, Live Science previously reported. The document database, produced by the Defense Intelligence Agency’s confidential Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program (AATIP), from 2007 to 2012, includes reports of more than 300 Medical accounts of human interaction with UFOs – some include burn injuries, brain damage, nerve damage, heart palpitations, and headaches from close encounters with “anomalous vehicles” “.
Originally published on Live Science.
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