The US Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) has issued its long-awaited assessment of the unidentified aerial phenomena threat in two versions, one classified and the other for public distribution. While the public report does not contain any specific statement that any or all of the objects that have been detected by US military forces are of nonhuman or non-earth origin, it does say that “most of the UAP reported probably do represent physical objects given that a majority of UAP were registered across multiple sensors, to include radar, infrared, electro-optical, weapons seekers, and visual observation.” The report minimizes the possibility that the objects may be of unknown origin, but does not dismiss it entirely. “Our analysis of the data supports the construct that if and when individual UAP incidents are resolved they will fall into one of five potential explanatory categories: airborne clutter, natural atmospheric phenomena, USG or U.S. military developmental programs, foreign adversary systems and a catchall “other” bin.
The contradiction between the two statements, both appearing on the same page of the report, is not explained. It is difficult to understand how they “probably do represent physical objects,” but also fall into explanatory categories like airborne clutter, natural atmospheric phenomena and others. The claim that they may be USG or U.S. military developmental programs or foreign adversary systems is also difficult or reconcile with the fact that that General Nathan Twining, in his FOIA-verified memo circulated on September 23, 1947, described the observation of objects by military personnel that possessed the same unusual flight characteristics that are displayed by those under discussion in the new report. (Read Whitley Strieber’s commentary on this here.)
The report further states that “limited data and inconsistency in reporting are key challenges to evaluating UAP.” No mention is made of any effort by the military to assess this threat prior to the present initiative. It is, however, mentioned in a short section called “UAP Collection Challenges” that “Narratives from aviators in the operational community and analysts from the military and IC describe disparagement associated with observing UAP, reporting it, or attempting to discuss it with colleagues.” One effect of the report is likely to be a lessening of this sort of cultural influence and a greater willingness of professionals in the military and civilian sectors to report sightings.
It is admitted in the report that “a handful of UAP appear to demonstrate advanced technology.” Specific reference is made to “18 incidents in 21 reports.” This is a useful admission, but also an attempt, along with the rest of the report, to pretend that the phenomenon has no history prior to 2004. It is stated that there has been an upsurge in activity in recent years, which is consistent with public reports.
The report also suggests that there is a possible threat to national security involved. “as some UAP have been detected near military facilities or by aircraft carrying the USG’s most advanced sensor systems.”
The most promising part of the report states that the UAP Task Force is “currently working to acquire additional reporting, including from the US Air Force, and has begun receiving data from the Federal Aviation Administration.
The senate request that accompanied the 2021 Intelligence Authorization Act requested the following: 1. a detailed analysis of UAP data and intelligence reports and geospatial, signals, human and measurement and signals intelligence reports. None of these were present in the unclassified summary released today, but presumably are present in the classified version of the report.
The images shown side by side here are of a type of object commonly observed and recorded by police and private individuals. The first image is a frame grab from what remains the best single UAP video in private hands, taken by a civilian witness in 2007 (and seen again in the same area in 2019) and the second, of what would appear to be the same or a similar object, is from a video made by the UK National Police Air Service over Wales in 2016. The video was removed from YouTube shortly after it was posted. These are just two examples of thousands of similar videos of all sorts of objects that were ignored or dismissed in the report, as was the existence of a demonstrable history of such reports within the US military, dating from 1947.
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