Saturday, June 05, 2021

Unidentified Flying Object Report Doesn’t Explain Mystery Sightings but Finds No Sign of Aliens

Pilots have observed objects conducting maneuvers that would be impossible using known technology

The Wall Street Journal 
By Gordon Lubold and Nancy A. Youssef
Warren P. Strobel contributed to this article.
Updated June 4, 2021 2:03 pm ET

WASHINGTON—A forthcoming United States intelligence report contains no evidence that unexplained objects moving through the skies and witnessed by United States Navy pilots are alien spacecraft, but offers no conclusive explanation for the mysterious sightings, according to people familiar with its contents.

The report, due to be delivered to Congress later this month, appears unlikely to quell a debate over what the Pentagon calls “Unidentified Aerial Phenomena,” which pilots have observed moving at hypersonic speeds and conducting maneuvers that would be impossible using known technology.

Former President Barack Obama acknowledged last month that the United States government has no explanation for the strange objects.

“What is true, and I’m actually being serious here, is that there is footage and records of objects in the skies that we don’t know exactly what they are,” Mr. Obama told CBS. “We can’t explain how they move, their trajectory,” he said.

The draft report, the people familiar with it said, finds no evidence that the objects are alien spacecraft, but also no firm proof that they are not.

The New York Times, which first reported the study’s contents, said that it concludes that the most of the incidents didn’t originate from any advanced U.S. technology programs that might have been unknown to the pilots who witnessed them.

One possibility officials have debated is that the craft are the result of secret research programs by a foreign adversary, such as Russia or China, both of which are believed to have experimented with hypersonic craft, which can travel more than five times the speed of sound.

A Defense Department spokeswoman declined to comment. The Office of the Director of National Intelligence, which is preparing the report, also declined to comment.

The intelligence report, which was mandated by United States lawmakers, is due to Congress by June 25.

The unexplained sightings have been occurring for nearly two decades, and some video footage of pilots’ encounters with them—as well as the pilots’ reactions—has leaked into the public domain.

The Pentagon last summer revived a small, secretive unit, called the Unidentified Aerial Phenomena Task Force, to study the encounters.


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  2. "Pilots have observed objects conducting maneuvers that would be impossible using known technology"

    They observed no such objects.