UFOs: Congress dives into unidentified flying objects, but no sign of aliens

WASHINGTON – Congress on Tuesday held its first hearing on unidentified flying objects in half a century. And no, there is still no government confirmation of extraterrestrial life.

Testifying before a House Intelligence subcommittee, Pentagon officials did not release additional information from their ongoing investigation into hundreds of unexplained sky sightings. But they said they have selected a director for a new task force to coordinate data collection efforts on what the government officially calls “unidentified aerial phenomena”.

Ronald Moultrie, secretary of state for defense and intelligence, said the Pentagon is also trying to destigmatize the problem and encourage pilots and other military personnel to report anything unusual they see.

“We want to know what’s out there as much as you want to know what’s out there,” Moultrie told lawmakers, adding that he’s a sci-fi fan himself. “We don’t just get the questions from you. We get them from family and we get them day and night.”

Lawmakers from both parties say UFOs are a national security issue. Sightings of apparently flying aircraft with no discernible means of propulsion have been reported near military bases and coasts, increasing the likelihood that witnesses have discovered undiscovered or secret Chinese or Russian technology.

But sightings are usually fleeting. Some appear in front of the camera for no more than a moment – and are then sometimes distorted by the camera lens. The US government is believed to have additional technical information about the sightings that it has not released publicly.

An interim report released by intelligence officials last year counted 144 sightings of planes or other devices that appeared to be flying at mysterious speeds or trajectories. In all but one of the sightings investigated, there was insufficient information for investigators to even generally characterize the nature of the incident.

A senior Pentagon official briefly demonstrated the challenge on Tuesday. Scott Bray, deputy director of Naval Intelligence, stood by a television to show a short video taken from an F-18 military aircraft. The video shows a blue sky with passing clouds. In a single image – which required staff in the room to queue for several minutes – is an image of a balloon-like shape.

“As you can see, finding UAP is harder than you might think,” Bray said, using the acronym for “unidentified airborne phenomena.”

Rep. André Carson, an Indiana Democrat who chaired the hearing, urged investigators to show they are “willing to follow facts where they lead.”

Rep. Rick Crawford, a Republican from Arkansas, noted that the investigation was not about finding alien spacecraft, but about providing dominant information.

“The inability to understand objects in our sensitive areas of operation is tantamount to an intelligence failure, which we want to avoid at all costs,” he said.

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