United States report: Recent UFO sightings probably not aliens, but could be

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Weeks ahead of an eagerly anticipated government report covering the dozens of unidentified flying objects seen by Navy pilots for over a decade, senior administration officials briefed on the findings told The New York Times that there's no evidence the sightings are of alien technology-but no evidence they are not, either.

Set to be presented to Congress later this month, the intelligence report concluded that most of the more than 120 documented encounters with so-called "unidentified aerial phenomena" were not related to futuristic U.S. government technology, the New York Times reported, citing senior administration officials with knowledge of the report. But the report does state that the sightings were not crafts or technology that originated from the US military or other government organizations.

This suggests that the incidents were not aerial phenomena that were part of a secret government programme, but they are for now unexplained.

Experimental technology, possibly hypersonic technology, from US rivals including Russian Federation or China, the report is expected to say.

Lt. Ryan Graves, an F/A-18 Super Hornet pilot who was with the Navy for 10 years, told The New York Times in an interview that "these things would be out there all day".

Former US President Barack Obama said that if the Pentagon dossier confirms the existence of extraterrestrial life, it would challenge belief systems across the globe. The program analyzed radar data, video footage and accounts provided by the Navy pilots and senior officers. It was officially disbanded in 2012, although United States media reported, citing former members of the programme, that it was still operational through 2017.

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The Times does not say what the government would consider as evidence a sighting was alien spacecraft - what, specifically, it considers would be evidence.

The task force's mission was to "detect, analyze and catalog" sightings of unusual objects in the sky that could pose a threat to national security.

In April, the Pentagon confirmed the authenticity of photos and video from US Navy personnel, taken in 2019, that appeared to show triangle-shaped objects blinking and moving through the clouds. But government officials said they also wanted to remove the stigma for service members who report UFO sightings in the hope that more would be encouraged to speak up if they saw something. The goal, officials said, is to give authorities a better idea of what might be out there. A 2019 poll conducted by Gallup revealed that a third of adults in the U.S. believe UFO sightings involved aliens spaceships.

The report was stipulated when former US President Donald Trump signed the $2.9 trillion coronavirus relief and government funding bill into law last December. David Fravor, said in an interview later with The Times.

The report studies that incident, including the video that accompanied the interaction. As mentioned earlier, some officials say, however, that it will likely be delayed or even scrapped altogether.

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