Whatever they are or whatever they are, they are still out there. US intelligence is behind them, but its forthcoming report will reveal no absolute or final truth about UFOs.
After decades of conspiracy theories, TV shows, movies, and jokes by presidents, the tantalizing prospect of top government intelligence will finally weigh in – instead creating a more mundane reality that will turn many on either side of the issue. is not likely.
Investigators have found no evidence that these scenes are linked to aliens - but can't rule out a link either. Two officials briefed on the report due to Congress later this month say the US government cannot provide definitive details of air incidents witnessed by military pilots.
The report also doesn't rule out that what the pilots have seen may be new technologies developed by other countries. One of the officials said there was no indication that the unexplained incidents were from covert US programs.
Officials were not authorized to discuss the information publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity. The findings of the report were first published by The New York Times.
The report examines a number of unexplained scenes in recent years that in some cases have been captured on video of pilots saying of objects flying in front of them.
Congress in December required the Director of National Intelligence to summarize and report on the US government's knowledge of unidentified aerial phenomena, or UAPs – known to the public as flying objects unknown to the public or UFO. The effort includes a Defense Department UAP task force established last year. According to an official, the expected public release of the declassified version of the report this month will be a status report, not a final word.
Sue Gough, a Pentagon spokeswoman, declined to comment on the news Friday about the intelligence report. She said the Pentagon's UAP task force is "working actively with the Office of the Director of National Intelligence on the report, and the DNI will provide the findings to Congress."
When White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki was asked about the report, she first asked the question, "Fridays are always a little wacky." But she added, "I would say that we take very seriously any report of an aircraft intrusion into our airspace - identified or unknown - and investigate each one."
The Pentagon and the Central Intelligence Agency have for decades looked into reports of aircraft or other objects flying in the sky at unexplained speeds or trajectories.
The US government takes an unidentified air incident seriously given the potential national security risk of an adverse flight novel technology at a military base or any other sensitive site, or the potential for Russian or Chinese development in excess of current US capabilities. Is. It is also seen by the US military as a safety and security issue, given that in many cases pilots who reported seeing unexplained airborne incidents were conducting combat training flights.
Given the long-standing fascination of many Americans with UFOs and the potential for aliens to reach mankind, the report's lack of firm conclusions is likely to disappoint those anticipating the report. A recent story on CBS's "60 Minutes" further fueled interest in the government report.
Luis Elisondo, the former head of the Pentagon's Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program, said an official's claim that there was no indicated link to secret US programs would be significant. But he called upon the government to be completely transparent.
"I think our tax dollars paid for the information and data related to UFOs," Elisondo said. "And I think the American government has an obligation to provide those results to the American people."
But skeptics warn that the videos and reported sightings have down-to-earth interpretations. Mick West, a writer, investigator and longtime skeptic of UFO sightings, said he supported the military seeing any possible intrusion into US airspace, especially by an adversary.
"People are compounding this issue with the idea that these UFOs exhibit amazing physics, and possibly even aliens," West said. "The idea that it's some kind of latent warp drive or that it's defying physics as we know it, there's really no good evidence for it."
The Pentagon last year announced a task force to investigate the issue, and in recent years the Navy has created a protocol for its pilots to report any possible sightings. And in recent years lawmakers have pushed for more public disclosure.
"There's a stigma on Capitol Hill," Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., told "60 Minutes" in May. "I mean, some of my co-workers are very interested in this topic and when you bring it up, you know, some people laugh. But I don't think we're going to take this stigma away from us to answer a very basic question. can stop it."