Unexplained and dangerous: The US military admitted the existence of UFOs

The hearings announced last week on the “disclosure of the truth” about UFOs took place on the night of May 16-17 during Congressional hearings. The House Intelligence Counterterrorism, Counterintelligence, and Counterproliferation Subcommittee, together with the military, shared information about unidentified flying objects, which they prefer to call unidentified aerial phenomena (UAP). The US military, together with intelligence, are striving to classify and characterize all reports of unidentified aerial phenomena.

The military rejected the hypothesis of the extraterrestrial origin of UFOs. Image: BBC

Two high-ranking military men shared their successes in identifying UFOs using modern technologies together with close cooperation with experts. To study this phenomenon, a special investigation office was even created, known as the Airborne Object Identification and Management Synchronization Group (AOIMSG). 

“Today we will bring this organization out of the shadows,” said the chairman of the subcommittee, Andre Carson, during the opening of the hearing. He even called the UAP a “potential threat to national security”. Carson also added that the pilots reporting them have been criticized and ridiculed for too long.

Still No Explanation

Answering questions about UFOs, Deputy director of Naval Intelligence Scott Bray admitted that the military department cannot explain their nature. He noted that since the release of the first report in 2021 on these objects, the number of UFO reports has grown to more than 400 cases. The incidents, many of which occurred at military training grounds and in the air over the United States, remain unidentified, but have become “frequent and continuing”. 

The hearing focused on a Pentagon report from June 2021, which stated that U.S. Navy pilots had reported 144 unexplained sightings in the sky since 2004. Most of them, according to the department’s conclusion, “represent physical objects”. Pentagon officials demonstrated previously classified UFO footage. In the video, a metal sphere flies along the trajectory of a fighter jet at hypersonic speed. The object observed by the FA-18 pilot in 2021 was also recorded by the aircraft’s onboard sensors, which is proof of their physical existence, and not an illusion or installation. But what exactly it could be to remain a mystery.

Out of 144 UFO sightings, 18 objects demonstrated unusual behavior in flight. At the same time, they “stopped abruptly, maneuvered or moved at a considerable speed without obvious propulsion systems,” the report says. 

“Previously, pilots tried not to report what they saw, because they were laughed at if they mentioned it in their reports. The Ministry of Defense, in turn, tried not to touch on this topic at all, fearing criticism from the government. Therefore, this hearing is based on a simple idea: UFOs pose a potential threat to national security, and they need to be treated accordingly,” said Andre Carson, chairman of the assembly and a member of the House of Representatives from Indiana.

Extraterrestrial origin is not confirmed, but not excluded

Ronald Moultrie, Deputy Minister of Defense for Intelligence and Security, Adviser to Minister of Defense Lloyd Austin and organizer of the AOIMSG also testified at the hearing. Moultrie said that the Pentagon does not rule out the possibility of their connection with extraterrestrial life. However, there is no evidence of the extraterrestrial origin of these objects yet, since they even consulted with astrobiologists about this. As for the terrestrial origin, UFOs definitely do not belong to the secret military aircraft of the United States.

“Our goal is not to hide something, but to understand the nature of this phenomenon,” Moultrie said.

UFOs are one of the greatest mysteries of our time

Scott Bray also rejected the hypothesis of the extraterrestrial origin of UFOs, because during the study of these objects, no evidence was found for this. However, the military saw danger in UFOs. Bray stressed that UFOs even collided with US Navy aircraft 11 times, as a result of which there were losses.Some collisions even took place over secret nuclear facilities. An example is the incident at Malmstrom Air Base in Montana in 1967, when 10 nuclear intercontinental ballistic missiles were disabled, and a glowing red ball was visible above the base.

The database of documents created by the US Department of Defense’s secret Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program (AATIP), which operated from 2007 to 2012, included reports on more than 300 medical cases of alleged human interactions with UFOs. Some of which included burns, brain damage, nerve damage, palpitations and headaches due to alleged close encounters with “abnormal vehicles”. 

Transparency with Society

According to a member of the House of Representatives Carson, the hearings were an attempt by lawmakers to bring some transparency into the process, through which the Pentagon admitted that it was investigating unexplained observations, and treats with all seriousness eyewitness reports of strange phenomena in the air.

At the same time, despite this desire for transparency, most of the documented observations still remain classified for reasons of national security. The public hearings were followed by a second closed hearing, intended for a meeting on classified information.

The last such hearing was held in 1969, when the US Air Force investigation into UFOs called “Project Blue Book” ended with the conclusion that no unexplained flying object received an explanation, but then none of them was considered a threat to national security. 

Recall that earlier the mysterious entrance to the cave on Mars excited the public.

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