An official US report on unidentified flying objects (UFOs) concluded that there is no evidence that aliens exist, without however explaining the mysterious phenomena observed by US military pilots, according to US media.
Citing U.S. government officials briefed on the findings of the report, which is due for release at the end of the month, The New York Times reported on Thursday that most of the phenomena seen by U.S. military pilots in recent years remain difficult to explain.
The Pentagon released videos taken by US Navy pilots last year showing in-flight encounters with what appear to be UFOs. One of these videos is from November 2004 and the other two are from January 2015.
After decades of secrecy, Congress last year ordered the executive to brief the general public on the activities of the Pentagon unit responsible for studying these phenomena, which has been entrusted to the US Navy.
This report, placed under the authority of the Directorate of Intelligence (DNI), concludes with certainty that the vast majority of the more than 120 such incidents are not related to technologies tested by the US military, according to a officials quoted by the New York Times.
Part of the report will remain secret-defense
But that is the document’s only firm conclusion, and the report does not categorically rule out the possibility that they may be aircraft of extraterrestrial origin, according to officials quoted by CNN who are also speaking under cover. anonymity.
Some of the officials quoted by the New York Times admit that the fact that part of the report will remain a defense secret risks fueling speculation about secret information from the US government about the existence of extraterrestrials.
Russian or Chinese tests?
The accelerations of objects filmed by pilots and their ability to change direction remain difficult to explain. The American intelligence services fear that China or Russia test hypersonic technologies, moving at 10 or even 20 times the speed of sound, and very maneuverable, according to one of the officials quoted by the newspaper.
Defense Minister Lloyd Austin has been briefed on the report’s preparation, Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said on Friday. “We take seriously any foray into our operating space”, he added.
The American public’s fascination with extraterrestrials was reignited by a recent report from the very serious American television magazine “60 Minutes” on the forthcoming publication of this report.
Obama adds a layer
The former President Barack Obama had, shortly after, mischievously put on a diaper, admitting during a comedy program to have asked upon his arrival at the White House if there was a secret laboratory where “we keep alien specimens and spaceships”. “They did some research and the answer was no”, he added with a smile. “What is true – and here I am serious – is that there are videos and images of objects in the sky that we do not know exactly what they are”, Mr. Obama added.
Encourage pilots to testify
To encourage airmen to report these appearances without fear of being mocked, the military no longer designates them as “unidentified flying objects” (ufo) but like “unidentified aerial phenomena”.
The aim is for military and intelligence experts to have as many videos as possible available to them in order to analyze them and identify as many aircraft as possible, which the Pentagon considers more espionage than visit. little green men.
“The more data we collect, the more we can reduce the gap between identified and unidentified, and the more we can avoid strategic surprises in terms of adversary technologies.”, said a spokeswoman for the US Department of Defense, Susan Gough.