A total of 143 UFO sightings since 2004 cannot be explained, according to a highly anticipated new report from US intelligence.
The report, from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI), says that of this total, there were 21 reports of unknown phenomena related to eighteen reported events, which were beyond America’s known technological capabilities.
The report, which has been sent to Congress and made available to the general public, will only intensify speculation about the existence of life beyond our solar system.
It also underscores a rapid and remarkable shift in the official view of UFOs, or “Unidentified Aerial Phenomenon” (UAP), and the people who report them.
Once dismissed as the muddled or misguided beliefs of conspiracy theorists, the issue has taken a much stronger position in public discourse, primarily because so many of those reporting the sightings were military personnel. Indeed, the US Navy worked with the ODNI as part of a task force to probe the UAP.
“This report provides insight for policymakers into the challenges associated with characterizing the potential threat posed by the UAP while providing a means to develop relevant processes, policies, technologies, and training for the U.S. military and ‘other United States Government (USG) personnel if and when they encounter UAP, in order to enhance the intelligence community’s ability to understand the threat,’ the report states.
He adds, “The UAP clearly poses a flight safety concern and may pose a national security challenge to the United States. Safety concerns primarily relate to aviators struggling with an increasingly congested air domain. UAP would also pose a challenge to national security if it were collecting platforms from foreign adversaries or if it provided evidence that a potential adversary has developed revolutionary or disruptive technology.
Senior U.S. officials briefing reporters anonymously on the report pointed out that many of the UAP cases included in the report were detailed by U.S. Navy aviators who spoke of craft exhibiting speeds and maneuverability that were impossible to explain.
Due to repeated sightings reported by the US military and support from politicians such as Harry Reid and more recently Marco Rubio, there is a determination to ensure sightings are not of devices tested by Russia or China. . Most experts in the United States suspect that these countries do not have such technology.
The report states, “We currently lack data to indicate that any UAPs are part of an overseas collection program or indicate a major technological advancement by a potential adversary.
“We continue to monitor evidence of such programs given the counterintelligence challenge they would pose, especially as some UAPs have been detected near military installations or by aircraft carrying the most advanced sensor systems. advances from the USG.”
The official who briefed reporters was asked about the possibility of extraterrestrial explanations for the sightings. The official replied, “It is not the purpose of the task force, to evaluate any kind of search for extraterrestrial life. … That’s not what we were instructed to do.
The official said of the 144 reports “we have no clear indication that there is a non-Earth explanation for them, but we’ll go where the data takes us.”
All but one, a case attributed to “overhead clutter”, remained unexplained, pending further analysis, officials said. For the remaining cases, the government has yet to determine whether or not the sightings could be of extraterrestrial origin.
“We continue to put a lot of effort and energy into tracking these types of developments, and we are monitoring that very carefully. Nothing in this dataset points us clearly in that direction,” an official added.
Congressman Adam Schiff, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, said in a statement, “It has become increasingly clear that unidentified aerial phenomena are not uncommon and our government needs a way unified to gather, analyze and contextualize these reports.
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