On Friday, June 25th, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) released its preliminary assessment for Unidentified Aerial Phenomena (UAP). The long awaited unclassified report was prepared alongside a classified version provided to various appropriate governmental committees. The report’s primary focus is UAPs which are commonly referred to by media and the public as “UFOs”.
Last December Congress asked the Pentagon’s Unidentified Aerial Phenomena Task Force (UAPTF) and other intelligence agencies to provide the information collected on UAPs because the Select Committee on Intelligence identified there was “no unified, comprehensive process within the Federal Government for collecting and analyzing intelligence on unidentified aerial phenomena, despite the potential threat.”
Between November 2004 and March 2021 there were 144 incidents to review. All 144 incident reports were by official U.S Government (USG) personnel. Of those there were 80 reported incidents where the UAPs were observed by multiple sensors. The report noted the UAP sightings seemed to cluster near U.S military sites, but admitted this could be biased as those areas have higher concentrations of sensors.
About the most surprising part of the report is how public Congress was when asking for it and the release of the unclassified version. Last year former Senate majority leader Harry Reid said about UAPs in the James Fox directed documentary “The Phenomenon”, “Why the federal government all these years has covered up, put brake pads on everything, stopped it, I think it’s very, very bad for our country,”.
Some in the US would agree the US Government has a long history of covering up the true nature of UAPs. Decades ago the official explanations of a weather balloon outside Roswell, New Mexico in 1947, and swamp gas around Dexter, Michigan in 1966 left a lot of unanswered questions. There are many skeptics to this day regarding how eye-witness testimony seemingly contradicts the explanations provided by government officials.
The report about UAPs released Friday doesn’t discount the plausibility there are likely multiple explanations for what was observed by USG personnel and sensors. Everything from plastic bags floating through the air, birds, and balloons, to technologies deployed by China and/or Russia are listed in the report as possibilities to explain the identities of the phenomena.
The report concluded that “additional funding for research and development could further” the “future study” of UAPs. Nowhere in the report is there mention of extraterrestrial or multi-dimensional beings playing cat-and-mouse with our military aircraft.