UFO report: Pentagon can't confirm if aliens exist despite 144 sightings, cites 'faulty sensors'

Highly-awaited UFO report released, government blames lack of data for its inability to confirm 143 sightings but doesn't rule out aliens

                            UFO report: Pentagon can't confirm if aliens exist despite 144 sightings, cites 'faulty sensors'
The government can't explain 143 of 144 mysterious flying objects as it blames limited data(David McNew/Newsmakers)

If you were hoping for confirmation of extraterrestrial life from the Pentagon report, don't hold your breath. The much-awaited report was released on June 25 and seems to indicate that alien life may not always be the answer. That doesn't mean the sightings aren't alien, but the government isn't confirming that because of a "lack of data".

A mysterious blue light over Oahu had residents believing that they had just been visited by extraterrestrial life on Tuesday, December 29, 2020, at around 8.30 pm. Then in February, an American Airlines flight reported a flying cylindrical object, which the pilot believed may have been a test missile. That only added to the excitement of the UFO report, which we have slowly received leaked information from. In May, we learned that the USS Omaha encountered two objects, that disappeared after splashing into the ocean. 


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The Pentagon report was expected to answer the age-old question of whether we are alone in the universe or not, However, it seems like we won't be getting an answer just yet. That doesn't mean it was all in vain, as Sen Marco Rubio said. The Florida Senator called the report "an important first step in cataloging these incidents, but it is just a first step."

The Department of Defense established the Unidentified Aerial Phenomena Task Force in August to investigate and "gain insight" into the "nature and origins" of unidentified flying objects. Earlier, the Department of Defense declassified three videos taken by Navy pilots — one from 2004 and two from 2015 — that showed mysterious objects flying at high speeds across the sky.

Photograph of a purported UFO in Passaic, New Jersey, taken on July 31, 1952. (George Stock/Wikimedia Commons)


What did the report reveal?

Despite dealing with 144 incidents, the report, by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) was just 9 pages long. It catalogs 144 incidents but was only able to explain 1. That one was reportedly a deflated weather balloon. Overall, it classified unidentified aerial phenomenon (UAP) into five categories -  'airborne clutter', 'natural atmospheric phenomena', 'USG or U.S. industry developmental programs', 'foreign adversary systems', and 'other'. 

The report noted that the UAP lacked "a single explanation", mostly because of a lack of data. The ODNI summed up its issue by saying, "the limited amount of high-quality reporting on UAP hampers our ability to draw firm conclusions about the nature or intent of UAP." In short, even though it had 144 recorded incidents, the ODNI was unable to say whether it was actually aliens, or something else.

There's a reason for that. The report says the unusual flight characteristics could just be due to "faulty sensors" or "observer misperception", not necessarily because it is alien technology. It also alleged that foreign nations (mostly Russia and China) could be to blame since most sightings "tended to cluster around U.S. training and testing grounds." That doesn't mean the nations are to blame though, as the ODNI noted that "this may result from a collection bias as a result of focused attention." 

Basically, there's too much that's still not known for the government to confirm whether or not the sightings are alien life. It says "we may require additional scientific knowledge to successfully collect on, analyze and characterize" some sightings. The report concludes by offering an update on the Department of Defense Unidentified Aerial Phenomena Task Force (UAPTF). The task force is currently working on establishing a streamlined method of reporting, as well as getting data from the FAA.

Still from footage of a UFO taken off the coast of San Diego aboard USS Russell in July 2019. (US Navy/Wikimedia Commons)


Report a start, more expected to come

By no means is the report the end of the Pentagon's research into alien life. Sen. Mark Warner, Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence said, "Today’s rather inconclusive report only marks the beginning of efforts to understand and illuminate what is causing these risks to aviation." The next steps are already in the works. Adam Schiff confirmed that the House Intelligence Committee would hold a classified briefing later this year. 

Luis Elizondo, the former head of the Pentagon’s Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program, told The Post Friday, June 25,  that the ODNI report "is the first of many." The UAPTF is currently setting up a system, and once it is running could see more incidents logged in. Then it will need to study those, which could be a challenge given our limited scientific scope. When we do though, we might have a better understanding. 

The ODNI report isn't the whole story either. Former Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe told Fox News in March that "There are a lot more sightings than have been made public" and "some of those have been declassified." So behind the scenes, it seems like the Pentagon and Congress are working hard to understand what they are seeing before they tell us.

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