US Congress Panel Holds First UFO Trials in Half a Century Today

The trial is set to air on May 17 at 6:30 p.m.


Two top U.S. defense intelligence officials were to testify on Tuesday at Capitol Hill about what the government knows about unidentified flying objects, in the first public congressional hearing on tourist information in more than 50 years.

The trial before a U.S. House Intelligence subcommittee comes 11 months after a report documenting more than 140 cases of what the government officially calls “unidentified aerial phenomena” or UAPs, which U.S. military pilots have reported since 2004.

The more popular term UFO, for unidentified flying object, has long been widely associated with the idea of ‚Äč‚Äčalien spacecraft, which received no mention in last June’s UAP presentation.

The focus was rather on possible implications for U.S. national security and aviation security.

However, the report did include some UAPs previously unveiled in Pentagon-released video footage of mysterious objects in the air showing speeds and maneuverability that exceed known aviation technology and without any visible propulsion or flight control surfaces.

The hearing on Tuesday was expected to reconsider the findings of that report, a nine-page “preliminary assessment” compiled by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and a Navy-led task force that formed the Pentagon in 2020.

“The American people deserve full transparency,” Intelligence Committee chairman Adam Schiff said in a statement last week announcing the hearings.

Defense and intelligence analysts who prepared the assessment did not provide any findings on the origin of any of the 144 observations included in it, except for one attributed to a large balloon being inflated.

The naval task force behind the newspaper was replaced in November by a new agency of the Department of Defense called the Airborne Object Identification and Management Synchronization Group.

Ronald Moultrie, who oversees the new group as U.S. secretary of defense for intelligence and security, is one of two officials called to testify during Tuesday’s hearing. The other is Scott Bray, deputy director of naval intelligence.

Both of them would testify behind closed doors after the public hearing.

Although no conclusions were drawn, last year’s report said the UAP observations probably did not have a single explanation.

Further data and analysis were needed to determine if they represented some exotic air system developed by a secret US government or commercial entity, or by a foreign power such as China or Russia, according to the report.

Defense and intelligence analysts have also not ruled out an extraterrestrial origin for any UAP case, senior U.S. officials told reporters before the report was released last year, although the newspaper itself avoided any explicit reference to such possibilities. .

Yet the report was a turning point for the U.S. government after spending decades deflecting, deflecting, defusing and discrediting sightings of unidentified flying objects and “flying saucers” dating back to the 1940s.

The session will be the first open congressional hearing on the subject since the U.S. Air Force ended an undisclosed UFO program codenamed Project Blue Book in 1969.

During its 17 years of existence, Blue Book has compiled a list of 12,618 total UFO sightings, of which 701 involved objects that remained officially “unidentified”. The Air Force later said they found no indication of a national security threat or evidence of extraterrestrial vehicles.

In 1966, nearly a decade before he became president, the then U.S. Representative Gerald Ford of Michigan, then the Republican leader of the House, organized a trial in response to numerous witness reports of strange glowing lights and large football forms on low altitude around Dexter, Michigan, which laid off an air force official famous as “swamp gas.”

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