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After months of intense speculation regarding a number of high profile UFO sightings, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) published its preliminary assessment of unidentified aerial phenomena or UAPs – military jargon for UFOs. To some, the June 25 Pentagon report was going to shed new light on the technological capabilities and advancements of America’s adversaries. Others looked forward to the report in hopes it would vindicate more than 50 years of UFO mania and research into the extraterrestrial.
The report’s inconclusive nature validated neither of these outlooks, offering very little in terms of concrete explanations.
The published document is a brief, nine-page version of a larger document that, at least for now, remains classified and in the hands of the Congressional Services and Armed Services Committees.
The document does not confirm UFOs seen zipping around by US pilots are aliens – but it does not outright deny it and that’s why many are still excited about its findings.
Nick Pope, a former MoD insider who investigated UFO sightings for the British Government in the 1990s, is in particular thrilled by the report’s ambiguity.
If there was even the slightest chance the US intelligence agencies could have discounted an alien origin for these sightings, he told Express.co.uk they would have.
In total, the report analysed 144 UFO sightings reported by military staff mainly between 2001 and 2004.
Many of these were made by US pilots, including footage of “strange craft” that was leaked onto the internet and later acknowledged by the Pentagon.
In all instances but one – most likely a “deflating balloon” – the report determined “we currently lack sufficient information in our dataset to attribute incidents to specific explanations.”
According to Mr Pope, this is very good news for people hoping to answer the fundamental question of are we alone in the Universe.
He said: “While the UFO community didn’t get their holy grail of ‘Disclosure’, they should be thrilled: while not confirmed, the US government didn’t rule out the extraterrestrial hypothesis – and I think they would have, if they could have.
“UFOs have been assessed as a flight safety threat and a possible national security threat.
“There’s reference to some sightings being attributable to solid craft, displaying evidence of a technology.”
In one particular case, there is a reference to radiofrequency energy and signature management.
Mr Pope, who has been called by some the British Fox Mulder, thinks these indicate UFOs are “intelligently-controlled craft”.
If they truly are taking proactive measures to avoid detection, it begs the question: are they alien or are they being controlled by the US’s enemies?
The former MoD insider said: “Whether this technology is from Russia, from China, or from somewhere further afield, it’s clear there’s a potential threat here, and the US Congress will realize this.
“That’s why the US military and intelligence community are going to be ramping up their effort to research and investigate the phenomenon.
“This report was a wake-up call for both the US Congress and the public – and people should remember that while the public have seen a nine-page unclassified summary, Congress has had classified briefings – some of which have been Top Secret.”
Despite the buzz surrounding the report, this is not the first time the US has investigated the UFO phenomenon.
In 1969, the US Air Force compiled the infamous Project Blue Book – a list of nearly 13,000 sighings, including 700 that were deemed “unidentified”.
And there are, of course, those who were not as enthusiastic about the report or its findings.
Neil deGrasse Tyson, the famed astrophysicist and science communicator, has been very vocal about his distrust towards the Pentagon’s declassified UFO videos – and UFO sightings in general.
He publically decried the quality of most sightings, claiming blurry videos and fuzzy images are simply not enough to back and ET origin for some of these phenomena.
His stance towards UFO sightings contrasts his belief alien life probably does exist somewhere out there in our infinite universe – but it has certainly not visited our planet.
He recently tweeted: “The search for aliens on Earth has been crowdsourced to three-billion internet-connected smartphones around the world.
“If our best evidence for visitors from another planet is monochromatic low-resolution, fuzzy video taken by US Navy, then there’s more work to be done here.”
The bottom line is, the Pentagon has not discounted the possibility of aliens just yet and neither should you.
At the very least the report highlights the potential danger of having unidentified foreign technology flying around in US airspace.
Adam Dodd, Media and Communications tutor at The University of Queensland, remarked in The Conversation: “The new Pentagon report doesn’t compel us to accept the reality of alien visitation. But it does compel us to take UFOs seriously.”
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