Government finds no evidence that aerial sightings were alien spacecraft

Lawrence Kim
June 4, 2021

But after the publication of a New York Times article in 2017 about the program and criticism from program officials that the government was not forthcoming about reports about aerial phenomena, the Pentagon restarted the program last summer as the Unidentified Aerial Phenomena Task Force.

The Pentagon has increasingly acknowledged the existence of UFOs as a real concern to the government.

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Set to be presented to Congress later this month, the intelligence report concluded that most of the more than 120 documented encounters with so-called "unidentified aerial phenomena" were not related to futuristic USA government technology, the New York Times reported, citing senior administration officials with knowledge of the report. Sources tell the New York Times that the classified report reaches few firm conclusions, but states that investigators have found that nearly none of more than 120 incidents reported by pilots over the last 20 years were the result of advanced USA military technology, and changes in wind speed during some of the encounters rules out weather balloons.

Experts say that the upcoming dossier will detail encounters of the U.S. military with UFOs as well as sightings reported by civilians.

While the report was commissioned under former President Donald Trump, officials have been demanding that the Department of Defence share the information they have on mysterious flying objects for years. He said there was worry among intelligence and military officials that China or Russian Federation could be experimenting with hypersonic technology. The officials said that was "about the only conclusive finding" from the report, which does not definitively rule out the possibility that the sightings were alien spacecraft. The office of the Director of National Intelligence and the Defense Department compiled the report.

"When we talk about sightings, we are talking about objects that have seen by Navy or Air Force pilots, or have been picked up by satellite imagery that frankly engage in actions that are hard to explain", Ratcliffe said.

"What is true, and I'm actually being serious here, is that there's footage and records of objects in the skies that we don't know exactly what they are", Mr Obama said.

Mr Obama told The Late Late Show last month there really were aerial objects that couldn't be explained. The move is widely considered a U-turn by United States authorities, who have been reluctant to speak on the issue, let alone share information on UFOs. It also confirmed that the footage is being studied by the Unidentified Aerial Phenomena Task Force.

Officials briefed on the report said it also examined video that shows a whitish oval object described as a giant Tic Tac, about the size of a commercial plane, encountered by two Navy fighter jets off the coast of San Diego in 2004.

Last month, former US Navy pilot Ryan Graves told CBS' 60 Minutes that sightings like this were common while he was serving.

Graves told CBS he saw UFOs "every day for at least a couple years".

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