Pentagon UFO Report: Not Enough Evidence to Decide Whether or Not Alien Life Exists, Officials Say US news
A long-awaited US government report on UFOs concludes that there isn’t enough evidence to prove the existence of extraterrestrial life.
The report, presented to Congress and released on Friday, examined 144 reported sightings of “unidentified aerial phenomena” or UAPs since 2004.
However, investigators said they had not found any extraterrestrial connections and there was insufficient data available to come up with an explanation.
In all but one of the sightings investigated, there was too little information for investigators to even roughly characterize the nature of the incident, the report said.
There were 18 cases where witnesses saw “unusual” movement patterns or flight characteristics, the report said, adding that further analysis was needed to determine whether these sightings represented “breakthrough” technology.
“UAPs are clearly an aviation safety issue and can be a challenge to” US national security, “the report said, adding that the phenomena” are unlikely to be lacking a single explanation “.
The Authors of the report stressed the need for better data collection on what is increasingly viewed by Democrats and Republicans as national security concerns.
The issue of UFOs has drawn serious studies by the Pentagon and the secret services in recent years, with the prospect of an adversary using unknown technology to spy on politicians in both parties.
Officials who briefed reporters on condition of anonymity said there was “no clear evidence” that the sightings in the report could be linked to extraterrestrial life.
However, one official refused to rule this out, saying, “Of the 144 reports we are dealing with here, we have no clear indications that there is a non-terrestrial explanation for this – but we will go wherever we are the data lead. “
Neither was there anything that linked the sightings to a possibly unknown technology of an adversary such as Russia or China.
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“It is clear that we need to improve our ability to further analyze the remaining UAP observations, even if we accept that our ability to characterize and understand some of the observations we have is limited,” said one official .
The report lists five potential categories of UAP, including the possibility for foreign adversaries to fly unknown technology to events that naturally occur in the atmosphere.
But only one was categorized as “debris” and mistaken for a large, deflating balloon. The rest are not categorized for lack of information.
This includes three cases of potential sightings captured in videos that have been approved and published over the past few years.
The Department of Defense will be developing a new strategy for gathering and tracking information on potential sightings over the next three months. Part of the data collection effort is to de-stigmatize UAPs and get pilots to report what they see, even if what they see is beyond belief.
“A big problem with UAPs has been cultural stigma,” Andre Carson, an Indiana Democrat and a member of the House Intelligence Committee, said in an interview last week. “It has largely been relegated to science fiction.”
Senator Marco Rubio, senior Republican on the Senate Intelligence Committee, has long urged more disclosure about UAPs, called the report “an important first step in cataloging these incidents, but it is only a first step.”
“The Department of Defense and intelligence agencies have a long way to go before we can truly understand whether these airborne threats pose a serious national security issue,” Rubio said in a statement.
It is not the first official government report on the subject. The US Air Force conducted an earlier UFO investigation called Project Blue Book that ended in 1969.
It compiled a list of 12,618 sightings, of which 701 involved objects that remain officially “unidentified”.
In 1994 the Air Force announced that it had completed a study to find records of the 1947 “Roswell Incident” in New Mexico.
The materials recovered near Roswell were said to match a crashed balloon, the military’s longstanding statement, and that no records indicated any extraterrestrial bodies or material was recovered.