Look! Up in the sky! It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s…….well we don’t know what it is. Unidentified Flying Objects, or UFO’s, have always been a controversial subject among believers and non-believers alike. But, recently, it seems even members of the United States Congress want to get to the bottom of what has been appearing in the skies across the United States and The World, recently. What are these Unidentified Aerial Phenomena.
Before we delve into the recent developments coming out of Washington D.C., our story takes us back to 2007 to a program known as the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program. The goal of the secret program, which ran until 2012, was to investigate UFO phenomena and sightings. The program had a budget of $22 million dollars over the 5 years it was active.
In December of 2017, the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program was made public when the story was broken by several major news sources. The existence of the program was confirmed by the head of the project, Luis Elizondo, to the mainstream media. Elizondo left the Pentagon in 2017 and in a scathing resignation letter, told Jim Mattis, the Secretary of Defense at the time, “Why aren’t we spending more time and effort on this issue?”
After leaving the Pentagon, Luis Elizondo began working with the organization To The Stars…Academy of Arts & Science (TTSA). TTSA was formed in 2017 by former Intelligence Officer Jim Semivan, along with Engineer and Parapsychologist Harold Putthoff, and former Blink-182 band member Tom DeLonge. One of the goals of TTSA is to study UFO encounters and otherworldly technology.
In September 2019, TTSA released 3 separate videos which appear to have been taken from a military aircraft cockpit. The videos contained clips from United States Navy pilots and their encounters with unknown objects. The objects appear to perform acrobatic feats that are highly unlikely with the current aerospace technology we “humans” have. The videos, when released by TTSA, were still categorized as “classified” by the United States Government.
The U.S. Government in April 2020, declassified the same 3 videos and released them to the general public. What is interesting about this, is the fact that in a roundabout way, the government admitted that pilots have had encounters with unknown objects, when silence or denial is usually standard operating procedure from those in the know and in high places
June 2020 has given us even more interesting developments in this saga. Hopefully, eventually, we will receive full disclosure about what the Government knows or doesn’t know about UFOs. Recently the Senate Intelligence Committee voted to demand that United States Intelligence agencies and the Department of Defense compile a public report related to all information the agencies may have in reference to Unidentified Aerial Phenomena.
According to some of the text of the proposed bill, which still needs to be passed by the Senate, it reads “The Committee remains concerned that there is no unified, comprehensive process within the federal government for collecting and analyzing intelligence on unidentified aerial phenomena, despite the potential threat,” It further goes on to state: “The Committee understands that the relevant intelligence may be sensitive; nevertheless, the Committee finds that the information sharing and coordination across the Intelligence Community has been inconsistent, and this issue has lacked attention from senior leaders,” The Senate Intelligence committee bill, if passed, would give the affected agencies 180 days to compile the report.
Several members of the Senate Intelligence Committee have received private briefings recently in reference to Unidentified Aerial Phenomena by the Pentagon. Senator Mark Warner (D-Va.) was one of those. In a statement provided to news outlet Politico from Warner’s spokesperson, it says “If naval pilots are running into unexplained interference in the air, that’s a safety concern Senator Warner believes we need to get to the bottom of”
If there is really nothing to these UFO encounters, then why did the United States Navy update their UFO reporting process for pilots in May of 2019? What was the reason for the change? Is the government being inundated by more reports than usual that it had to streamline and/or change its process? Why is the Government all of a sudden taking a strong interest in Unidentified Aerial Phenomena encounters? Should we be worried? If there exists life out there is it a friend or foe? Sadly, I don’t know if we will ever be privy to the answers to these questions.
With the spotlight on what some consider fringe science, it will be interesting to see what comes out of Capitol Hill in the next 12 months. Are we ready to accept the fact we might not be the only life in the universe? I think the words of the late comedian George Carlin sums this whole situation up perfectly, “If it’s true that our species is alone in the universe, then I’d have to say that the universe aimed rather low and settled for very little.”