- Title: U.S. report on Pentagon-documented UFOs leaves sightings unexplained
- Date: 25th June 2021
- Summary: WASHINGTON, D.C., UNITED STATES (RECENT) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF LINCOLN MEMORIAL, WASHINGTON MONUMENT AND THE U.S. CAPITOL U.S. CAPITOL BUILDING, AS SEEN FROM THE PENNSYLVANIA AVENUE, THE MAIN THOROUGHFARE IN DOWNTOWN WASHINGTON TREE TOP / U.S. CAPITOL DOME U.S. CAPITOL BUILDING, WITH DUCKS SWIMMING IN THE ADJACENT CAPITOL REFLECTING POOL
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- Keywords: UFO USA United States aliens reports space statement
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- Country: USA
- Topics: Government/Politics,United States
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A major U.S. government report on UFOs released on Friday (June 25) said defense and intelligence analysts lack sufficient data to determine the nature of mysterious flying objects observed by military pilots including whether they are advanced earthly technologies, atmospherics or of an extraterrestrial nature.
The report, submitted to Congress and released to the public, encompasses 144 observations of what the government officially refers to as "unidentified aerial phenomenon," or UAP, dating back to 2004. It was issued by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence in conjunction with a U.S. Navy-led UAP task force.
"UAP clearly pose a safety of flight issue and may pose a challenge to U.S. national security," the report stated, adding that the phenomena "probably lack a single explanation."
"In a limited number of incidents, UAP reportedly appeared to exhibit unusual flight characteristics. These observations could be the result of sensor errors, spoofing, or observer misperception and require additional rigorous analysis," it added.
The report includes some UAP cases that previously came to light in the Pentagon's release of video from U.S. naval aviators showing enigmatic aircraft off the U.S. East and West Coasts exhibiting speed and maneuverability exceeding known aviation technologies and lacking any visible means of propulsion or flight-control surfaces.
The report established five potential explanatory categories: airborne clutter, natural atmospheric phenomena, U.S. government or American industry developmental programs, foreign adversary systems and a catch-all "other" category.
All but one of the incidents, an instance attributed to "airborne clutter," remain unexplained, subject to further analysis, U.S. officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, told reporters during a briefing describing the report's findings.
For the remaining 143 cases, the government has yet to rule in or out whether the sightings might be of extraterrestrial origin, the officials said.
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