Former Director of National Intelligence (DNI) John Ratcliffe recently stated that the Pentagon would be releasing a report that will provide more information about the government’s research of Unidentified Flying Objects (UFOs) sightings.
In an interview with Fox News, Ratcliffe said that the report would detail more sightings “than have been made public.” The former DNI director said that he wanted to release this information earlier but did not have enough time when he was in office.
“Some of those have been declassified. And when we talk about sightings, we are talking about objects that have been seen by Navy or Air Force pilots or have been picked up by satellite imagery that frankly engages in actions that are difficult to explain… Movements that are hard to replicate that we don’t have the technology for. Or traveling at speeds that exceed the sound barrier without a sonic boom,” Ratcliffe said in the interview.
Last April, the Pentagon released three videos that showed “unidentified aerial phenomena (UAP).” Two of the videos showed military personnel reacting with surprise and shock at how fast the unidentified flying objects were moving; one person even speculated whether they were drones. Trump also wondered if they were real, calling it “a hell of a video.” Pentagon’s video release came several months after the U.S. Navy had acknowledged that those videos depicting UFOs flying through the sky were legitimate.
Last August, the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) announced the creation of the Unidentified Aerial Phenomena Task Force (UAPTF); it aims to analyze and determine the origin and nature of the UAPs. The Department of the Navy is leading the task force under the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence and Security.
UFO report to be released on June 1
When former President Donald Trump signed the $2.3 trillion pandemic relief bill in Dec. 2020, it gave U.S. intelligence agencies six months to reveal what they know about UFOs to Congress. With March nearing its end, the Secretary of Defense and the DNI now have three months to produce the report due on June 1. The report will contain the following information:
- Detailed analyses of UFO data, including intelligence collected by the FBI, UAPTF, and the Office of Naval Intelligence.
- Identify potential threats to national security due to the UFOs and determine whether any of America’s adversaries could be behind the activity.
- A detailed description of an interagency process to ensure timely collection and centralization of UFO-related data and the designation of an official responsible for the process.
In his interview, Ratcliffe stated that UFO observers try to come up with scientific explanations for what they had witnessed. Among the many ‘realistic’ theories for the sightings include inexplicable weather phenomena or adversaries possessing unknown technology. But most of the time, they realize that the incidents cannot be explained with the present level of human technology.
Republican Senator Marco Rubio feels that the UFO report might not come out on time and is unsure what to make out of the sightings.
“I don’t know if there are aliens. I don’t know if they visited here… When you talk about that stuff, everyone gets stigmatized about it… My thing is very simple; we don’t know what that stuff is that’s flying over the top of our installations. Let’s find out,” he told TMZ.