Members of the US Senate from both sides of the aisle have been expressing concern that the U.S. military, as well as other federal government agencies, have not been truthful with lawmakers about what they know about UFOs.
The Senators believe the recent uptick in such sightings are somehow linked to America's adversaries and may pose a “significant threat to national security.”
They are now looking to order the Director of National Intelligence to work with other relevant agencies to produce a report detailing just what information they have on “Unidentified Aerial Phenomena,” more commonly known as UFOs.
The Senators demand to know, what the military and intelligence communities already know about UFOs, how that data is collected and processed, how it is getting shared, and just what kind of threats or other risks these objects might pose.
Recently, while debating a provision within the annual intelligence authorization bill, a Senate panel said that it "supports the efforts of the Unidentified Aerial Phenomenon Task Force."
That was the first official confirmation that the program, which DOD claimed was defunded in 2012, still exists.
In December 2017, the Pentagon acknowledged funding a secret multi-million dollar program to investigate sightings of UFOs, although it said it had ended in 2012. The New York Times reported at the time, however, that it was still up and running.
The Senate's focus on the program stems less out of a concern over extraterrestrials, and more from the threat posed by real-world U.S. adversaries, such as China.
The program, managed by the Office of Naval Intelligence, is apparently a new and improved version of the US Air Force’s famed investigation of UFOs in the 1960s and 70s, known as “Project Bluebook.”
The current naval program is responsible for "collection and reporting on unidentified aerial phenomenon, any links they have to adversarial foreign governments, and the threat they pose to U.S. military assets and installations."
The U.S. is particularly worried about China's espionage capabilities, including use of drones and other aerial technology.
While recognizing that the topic is sensitive, the Senators said that previous "information sharing and coordination across the intelligence community has been inconsistent," and called for a detailed and public report on the program's progress as well as any phenomena it observes.
Back in April, the Pentagon released three videos taken by U.S. Navy pilots showing mid-air encounters with what appears to be UFOs. One of the videos was shot in November 2004 and the other two in January 2015.
In one, the weapons sensor operator appears to lose lock on a rapidly moving oblong object which seconds later suddenly accelerates away to the left and out of view.
In another video tracking an object above the clouds, an object is seen racing through the sky and begins rotating in midair.
By Mike Strong
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