"Returning to my heart, I don't know what is not a ghost, not a human being." Humans have been searching for UFOs (unidentified flying objects) for several generations, and the truth has always been confusing.
▲ All kinds of strange UFOs.
On May 17, the U.S. House of Representatives Intelligence Committee held a hearing on UFOs.
It was the first public hearing on UFOs in more than 50 years by the U.S. Congress, the last time the U.S. Air Force ended Project Blue Book in the early 1970s.
The U.S. Air Force concluded in 1969 that no UFOs had ever threatened national security and no further investigation was warranted.
And this public hearing ended with "almost no answers."
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The two protagonists who spoke at the hearing were Deputy Director of Naval Intelligence Scott Bray (left) and Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence and Security Ronald Moultrie (right).
conclusion is no conclusion
Reports of UFOs, known as "unexplained aerial phenomena" (UAPs), have been increasing in number.
The hearing revealed that the current UAP database includes about 400 incidents.
Deputy Chief of Naval Intelligence Scott Bray said they still haven't found anything of "non-Earth origin."
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On the one hand, they never found any organic, inorganic or unexplained debris flow; on the other hand, none of the unidentified objects on record made any attempt to communicate with the American pilots because they "appeared to be unmanned."
Undersecretary of Defense Ronald Moultrie added that through "rigorous" analysis, most UAPs can be identified, and "any object we encounter can potentially be characterized, identified and, if necessary, mitigated."
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During the hearing, a video of glowing triangles in the air was attributed to artifacts created when a digital camera was used to photograph the sky through a pair of night vision goggles .
But most, not all.
Some UAPs are still foggy and have flight characteristics that cannot be explained by existing data.
In 2004, a fighter pilot on an aircraft carrier in the Pacific encountered an object that appeared to hover tens of thousands of feet down ; a 2015 video provided by the Department of Defense also showed an unidentified object flying against the wind along clouds.
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In addition to this public hearing, there is a June 2021 report by the National Intelligence Agency .
Of the dozens of unexplained UFOs linked to 144 UFO incidents since 2004, only one could easily be explained as a "deflating balloon," while the others were "essentially inconclusive," the report said .
Boldly reporting UFO incidents
The survey was inconclusive, and the main problem was the data.
Even UAPs seen by multiple witnesses, or detected by advanced military sensors and radar systems, provide only brief observations at long distances and high speeds.
It is worth mentioning that many of the newest UAPs added to the database did not involve sensor data because they came from old news and witnesses remained silent at the time due to various concerns.
Scott Bray believes this is proof that the military's efforts to de-stigmatize the UAP are working.
"The message is clear: if you see something, you need to report it," says Scott Bray.
Navy and Air Force aircrews can now report to UAP through a step-by-step process. Rep. Andre Carson sees it as an important effort, "where suspicion of UFOs, or fear of being ridiculed, may lead pilots to avoid making reports."
At the same time, Scott Bray thinks it would also be useful to standardize the civilian reporting process, and while the military's database is overwhelmingly from within the military, it does include some civilian reports.
The U.S. military's newly established "Airborne Target Recognition and Management Synchronization Team" specializes in UAP research.
Not just about "aliens"
Lawmakers at the hearing were concerned that any UAPs could pose a threat to national security if they weren't a sensor error, a weather phenomenon or just air clutter.
Obviously, this concern is not solely directed to alien spacecraft.
For "objects with unexplained propulsion," the U.S. does not know of any potential adversaries with such technology, according to Scott Bray.
Ronald Moultrie, the undersecretary of defense for intelligence and security, claims to be a science fiction fan who understands that human curiosity means "we want to know what's out there."
But his overarching goal is to ensure the safety of U.S. military personnel and bases, "and we don't want potential adversaries to know exactly what we see or understand".
The report released by the U.S. National Intelligence Service in June 2021 also mentioned that UAP "may lack a single explanation", it may be the technology of other countries, and it may be a natural atmospheric phenomenon.
Senior Pentagon staffer Lue Elizondo has told Fox News that the current UAP is just the tip of the iceberg and that it is important to consider all possibilities, including extraterrestrial or interdimensional origins, "which could involve outer space, interstellar space or something in between. space, that's why we always say put all options on the table."
Adam Schiff, chairman of the U.S. House of Representatives Intelligence Committee, pointed out that the purpose of the public hearing is to shed light on "one of the great mysteries of our time and to break the cycle of excessive secrecy and speculation with truth and transparency."
After the public hearings, the U.S. Congress held a classified session and closed the door to the outside world.
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