‘The truth is still out there’: internet shrugs at Pentagon’s UFO findings

Eagerly anticipated document lands with a thud as most incidents remain unexplained

It was an afternoon of much anticipation and excitement – followed by the saddest trombone sound echoing across the internet.

The long-awaited report from US intelligence officials on unidentified flying objects dropped Friday afternoon, marking one of the first times the US government officially weighed in on strange sightings in the sky. Their big reveal, however, was seen by many as more of a shrug.

“The truth is still out there,” several reporters who covered the news wrote, after the report could only explain one of 144 reports of what the government calls “unidentified aerial phenomenon”.

“We were able to identify one reported UAP with high confidence,” the report says. “In that case, we identified the object as a large, deflating balloon. The others remain unexplained.”

Some remarked it had taken a long time to produce a report that ran just nine pages and offered little in the way of concrete conclusions.

Aliens weren’t the only explanation being examined. Officials were also considering whether the aircraft belonged to earthly adversaries – an equally scary security situation – and the report was inconclusive on that front as well.

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“If there are objects flying over military installations that could pose a security threat … [it] needs to be declassified and revealed to American public,” the Democratic chair of the Senate foreign relations committee, Mark Warner, told Fox 8 television. “If there’s something out there, let’s seek it out, and it is probably a foreign power.”

Some don’t seem especially worried.

Oreo used the report as a questionable opportunity to advertise with a giant Oreo-shaped crop circle and an offering of cookies and milk.

The report, which was commissioned by Congress last year, is still considered by others to be an important step even without strong conclusions.

Investigators listed five possible explanations, including naturally occurring events, but the Department of Defense plans to dig deeper and improve tracking systems to collect better intel.

“The defense department and intelligence community have a lot of work to do before we can actually understand whether these aerial threats present a serious national security concern,” Marco Rubio, the top Republican on the Senate intelligence committee, said in a statement.

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US government report finds no evidence UFOs were alien – but doesn’t rule it out

Officials cannot explain strange movements in skies that baffle the US military and scientific establishment, New York Times reports

A screengrab obtained in April 2020 courtesy of the defense department shows part of an unclassified video taken by navy pilots showing interactions with unidentified aerial phenomena. Photograph: DoD/AFP/Getty Images


US intelligence authorities have not found any evidence that unidentified flying objects (UFOs) seen by navy pilots in recent years were otherworldly alien spacecraft– but apparently did not rule it out, either.

Officials cannot explain the strange movements in the skies that continue to baffle the US military and scientific establishment, the New York Times has reported, based on information from senior administration officials who were briefed on the outcome of a much-awaited government assessment about these phenomena.


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The report finds that an overwhelming majority of more than 120 sightings in the past 20 years did not come from any US military or other government technology, officials told the newspaper.

This finding appears to rule out the possibility that navy pilots who made reports about aerial phenomena had potentially come across technology from initiatives that the US government was trying to keep secret.

That determination is about the “only conclusive finding” in the still-classified intelligence assessment, officials reportedly said. An unclassified version of the report, poised to be turned over to Congress by 25 June, will provide “few other firm conclusions”.

As such, “senior officials briefed on the intelligence conceded that the very ambiguity of the findings meant the government could not definitively rule out theories that the phenomena observed by military pilots might be alien spacecraft”, the New York Times said.

The analysis admitted that many details surrounding the reports were difficult to explain, such as how the eerie objects accelerated and switched direction.

One potential theory – that these possible craft were actually weather balloons or something similar – fails in some cases due to shifts in wind speeds during these encounters, the report has pointed out.

The UFO report also considered incidents involving unidentified craft and foreign military forces.

Officials think that “at least some” of US pilots’ sightings might have been experimental technology from a rival state, the likelihood being China or Russia.

Intelligence and military officials, recognizing these sightings did not involve American technology, worried that Russia or China might be “experimenting with hypersonic technology”.

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They’re real, but are they alien? – key takeaways from the Pentagon report

Whatever the ‘unidentified aerial phenomena’ are, they are real objects that may pose a national security risk

The long awaited report into UFOs issued by the US government was released on Friday, but for those wishing for confirmation that the Earth is being visited by alien intelligence, it did not provide much evidence.

Or indeed, any at all.

At just nine pages long the report – called Preliminary Assessment: Unidentified Aerial Phenomena (UAP) – was issued by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and described the run-ins that the US military has had with strange objects in the skies.

As expected it made no mention of aliens – though it did not dismiss the idea either – and did warn of the potential national security threat from the phenomenon, which was the main motivating factor behind the commissioning of the report.

Here are the key takeaways.

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They are real – whatever ‘they’ are
Whatever the US military is encountering do seem to be real objects – in at least some of the incidents being reported. “Most of the UAP reported probably do represent physical objects given that a majority of UAP were registered across multiple sensors, to include radar, infrared, electro-optical, weapon seekers, and visual observation,” the report said.

They are a threat
Forgetting little green aliens, the US military – as is its wont – is genuinely concerned that the encounters with UAPs are a national security risk, especially if they represent a hitherto unknown technology in use by rival states. “UAP clearly pose a safety of flight issue and may pose a challenge to US national security … UAP would also represent a national security challenge if they are foreign adversary collection platforms or provide evidence a potential adversary has developed either a breakthrough or disruptive technology,” it said.

They are advanced
In a section headed “A Handful of UAP Appear to Demonstrate Advanced Technology” the report said that in 18 incidents, described in 21 reports, observers had spotted movements of UAPs that were puzzling. “Some UAP appeared to remain stationary in winds aloft, move against the wind, maneuver abruptly, or move at considerable speed, without discernable means of propulsion. In a small number of cases, military aircraft systems processed radio frequency (RF) energy associated with UAP sightings,” it said.

No mention of aliens
Sorry, folks, but the report makes no mention of aliens at all.

In fact, it says: “Our analysis of the data supports the construct that if and when individual UAP incidents are resolved they will fall into one of five potential explanatory categories: airborne clutter, natural atmospheric phenomena, USG or industry developmental programs, foreign adversary systems, and a catchall “other” bin.”

That “other” section is likely where alien hunters will seek to focus their attention.

More analysis is needed
The report concludes that much more study is needed.

“The majority of UAP data is from US navy reporting, but efforts are under way to standardize incident reporting across US military services and other government agencies to ensure all relevant data is captured with respect to particular incidents and any US activities that might be relevant,” the report said. “The UAPTF is currently working to acquire additional reporting, including from the US air force (USAF), and has begun receiving data from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).”

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