December 7, 2022

Congress conducts first UFO inquiry in half a century

WASHINGTON – Pentagon officials testifying at a House subcommittee on Tuesday showed a previously classified video of unidentified aerial events, a quick color video of a reflective sphere passing by a military warplane.

A split-second image taken through the window of an FA-18 fighter shows a spherical object in the distance. The pilot also said he noticed an object. The unexplained image is an example of how difficult it is to figure out what a small video clip can show.

Pentagon officials have released a video showing a glowing green triangle moving through the air through night vision lenses. The first video confused military officials. But the smaller triangles in the second record, made many years later, were determined to be drones.

“At the moment, other U.S. Navy assets are also observing nearby unmanned aerial systems, and we now reasonably believe that these triangles relate to unmanned aerial systems in the air,” said Scott W., deputy director of naval intelligence. Bray said.

The classified videos were released because lawmakers promised to bring transparency to the investigation of unexplained statements by military pilots and others who have long been hidden in stigma, confusion and secrecy.

But Pentagon officials said they should be careful not to reveal the precision capabilities of military cameras and other sensors.

“We do not want potential adversaries to know what we can see or understand or how we end up,” he said. Bray said. “Therefore, disclosures should be carefully considered in each case.”

Office of the Director of National Intelligence Issued a statement Last year, Mostly compiled by the military, listing unexplained aerial events up to 2004.

The intelligence community criticized the document for failing to draw conclusions or provide explanations for most cases. Of the 143 chapters studied by the Pentagon, only one can be identified and classified: “A large, inflatable balloon.”

Mr. Bray’s comments were intended to try to explain why it is so difficult to identify images in obscure videos. But lawmakers on Tuesday insisted the Pentagon had rejected the allegations.

“You have to show Congress and the American people whose imagination you have captured and your willingness to follow the facts that guide them,” said Andre Carson, a Democrat in India and chairman of the House Intelligence Committee’s subcommittee. Is conducting an investigation.

“We fear that sometimes the DOD focuses too much on what can be explained, not what can not be investigated,” he said. “I look forward to assuring you today that all decisions are on the table.”

Personally, many senior U.S. officials have rejected the claims that the unknown objects captured in the videos may be aliens, insisting that there is no evidence that such explanations are possible.

Mr. Bray sought to stamp out some speculation that these events were the origin of an alien planet.

“We do not find any exposure within the UAP working group, which would suggest that this is not the case on Earth,” he said, referring to unidentified aerial events. Bray said.

Rick Crawford, a Republican from Arkansas, said he was more interested in discussions of Russian or Chinese hypersonic events than unidentified ones. But he said it was important to identify the images.

“The government’s inability to identify objects in sensitive operating areas is tantamount to an intelligence failure that we certainly want to avoid,” he said. Crawford said. “It’s not about finding the alien spacecraft.”

Officials suspect that some of these events may be unknown Chinese or Russian technology, but acknowledge that it would be of significant concern if they existed. Those possibilities have prompted lawmakers and officials to examine why these events need to be examined more closely.

“If we find something in our airspace that we do not understand or do not recognize, it is the job of those we entrust to our national security to investigate and report,” said Adam B., a California Democrat who heads the intelligence service. Schiff said. The group said Tuesday.

Unrecognized aerial events is a term preferred by the federal government over unidentified flying objects or UFOs.

After the Air Force’s failed attempt to investigate reports on Project Blue Book and Alien Vision, Congress held a public hearing on the issue several decades ago, promoting generation television shows.

After last year’s report, intelligence officials promised to renew their efforts. At the instigation of Congress, The Pentagon has reshuffled its working group To look at unexplained events, call it the Aerial Object Identification and Management Synchronization Team.

Mr. Carson, in his opening remarks, criticized the Pentagon for failing to nominate a director to lead the new task force and promised to “bring the organization out of the shadows.”

The most embarrassing military officers to report unexplained incidents were to obstruct “good investigative analysis,” Mr. Carson said.

“The pilots avoided reporting or laughed when they did. DOD officials either sent the issue to the back room or wiped it out completely under the rug for fear of suspicion from the national security community, “he said.” Today, we know better. UAPs are not described, it is true. But they are real. They need to be investigated. And any threats they pose should be minimized.

Not all experts believe. Focusing on eliminating conspiracy theories, science writer Mick West said some of the material found in videos recorded by the military contained credible – and dry – explanations.

Some strange movements may be due to movement by the sensor, mr. West said. Other videos showing fast motion may be optical illusions, while others may be caused by blinking eyes.