Status: 05/17/2022 8:21 p.m.
Just 400 UFO sightings since 2004 – for a long time the US military kept unknown flying objects a secret. For security reasons, the phenomena must now be clarified. There was even a hearing about it in the US Congress.
Numerous sightings of unidentified flying objects in recent years continue to baffle the US military. This emerged from the first hearing in the US House of Representatives in more than 50 years on “Unidentified Aerial Phenomena” (UAP) – as the US military calls UFOs.
Deputy Director of Naval Intelligence (ONI) Scott Bray said his agency’s UAP task force had no evidence that any of the unexplained celestial objects were of extraterrestrial origin.
“Open to all hypotheses”
House Counterintelligence Subcommittee Chairman Andre Carson said, “EAPs are inexplicable, that’s true. But they’re real. They need to be investigated.” MP Peter Welch noted, “No one knows if extraterrestrial life exists. It’s a big universe. And it would be quite presumptuous to draw a firm conclusion.”
Senior Pentagon official Ronald Moultrie, who came across as a science fiction fanatic during the hearing, said: “We are open to all the hypotheses and conclusions that we might come across.” Bray said: “Since the early 2000s we have observed an increasing number of unapproved and/or unidentified aircraft or objects.” Reports of sightings continued.
The subject must be de-stigmatized
The increase in reports is also due to factors such as improved sensors or new flight systems such as drones. But it is also the result of efforts by the military to demand reporting of sightings of unidentified flying objects, which were once stigmatized. “The message is clear now: if you see something, you should report it.”
In June 2021, the US Secret Service presented a report on the UAP. This showed that there was no explanation for about 140 celestial phenomena from the past two decades. Bray said that since the report was released, the number of reported sightings has risen to around 400.
“No explanation of what it is”
Bray showed two videos to the hearing. One, he said, showed a “spherical object” flying past the cockpit of a fighter jet. “I have no explanation of what this specific object is.”
A second video showed a triangular floating object observed through night vision goggles. Similar observations were made by the Navy a few years later. Bray described the objects as “unmanned aerial systems”.
UFO reports have often been discredited in the past
So far, there have been no collisions between US fighter jets and unknown objects. “But we had at least eleven near misses,” Bray said. There was no communication with the objects. Under no circumstances would American forces have opened fire on a UAP. China, Russia, a private company or even a secret US government project could be behind the flying objects.
The report and the hearing mark a turning point for the administration in Washington. For decades, it pushed back and discredited UFO sightings that date back to the 1940s. There had been no public hearing in Congress on the subject since the US Air Force halted an inconclusive UFO program named “Project Blue Book” in 1969.