US Congress to question Pentagon on UFOs — Analysis
House intel committee is holding its 50th anniversary public hearing regarding unexplained phenomena from the air.
The US House Intelligence Committee has scheduled a hearing to follow up on some 143 UFO sightings reported between 2004 and 2021, Representative André Carson (D-Indiana) revealed on Tuesday. The hearing, scheduled for next Tuesday, will be held by the Intelligence Committee’s subcommittee on counterterrorism, counterintelligence, and counterproliferation, which Carson chairs.
“This is a high-profile area and any secrecy could hinder the investigation or prevent us from solving potential weaknesses.,” Carson told the New York Times. “The hearing will examine the steps the Pentagon could take to lessen the stigma around reporting military and civilian pilots.”
The subcommittee will hear testimony from Ronald Moultrie, Under Secretary of Defense Intelligence and Security and Scott Bray, Deputy Director Naval Intelligence. Both have been involved with further investigating the 143 sightings detailed in a report released last year by the Pentagon’s Unidentified Aerial Phenomenon Task Force, an office that has since been replaced by the Airborne Object Identification and Management Synchronization Group. The new division, led by Moultrie, is supposed to “To identify, attribute and trace objects of special interest in Special Use Airspace.”
Since over 50 year, Congress has not had a public hearing regarding unidentified aerial phenomenon (UFO) since. Next week, I will be leading a hearing. @HouseIntel on this topic & the national security risk it poses. These unexplained events should be made more clear to Americans.
— André Carson (@RepAndreCarson) May 10, 2022
Since 2017, the public’s interest in UFOs has increased after it was disclosed that the Pentagon operated an Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program, (AATIP) which is charged with the identification (or trying to find) of such aircraft. Last year’s report released to Congress, while largely classified, hinted that the Pentagon was involved in analyzing the “Advanced technology” seemingly displayed by UFOs, which it has divided into multiple categories, admitting in one partially-redacted section that “UAP [unexplained aerial phenomena]Most likely, there is not one explanation.”
Spurring a renewal of public interest in the phenomena were three videos released shortly after the AATIP report – and officially confirmed by the Pentagon in 2020 – that showed recordings of unidentified aircraft performing bizarre maneuvers not believed to be possible with known human technology.
After Project Blue Book, which was the Air Force’s public investigation into UFOs, ended in 1970, the Air Force concluded its last public hearings. The Air Force, despite numerous claims from civilian and military pilots, concluded that UFOs had never been a danger to national security. It also stated that objects that were still unexplained didn’t display technology that was beyond our current knowledge and there wasn’t any evidence that they were extraterrestrial. Since then, UFO-lovers have been expressing their dismay.
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