UFO report doesn’t point to aliens, but shows why we need Men in Black

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Right off the bat, there is something that should be made clear. Whether they are called UFOs or UAPs, they are very, very real. People, including members of the armed forces, see things in the sky all the time that they cannot identify. That’s the truth.

As the ODNI report makes clear, most of the reports that they examined “probably do represent physical objects given that a majority of UAP were registered across multiple sensors, to include radar, infrared, electro-optical, weapon seekers, and visual observation.”

The report also says that some of the objects involved displayed unusual flight aspects, including the ability to travel at extraordinary speed, to make maneuvers more abrupt than known aircraft, or to pass from air to water without apparently slowing. However, the report notes that there are really very few “high quality” observations, even though all the reports they examined in detail were from military observers.

Some UAP appeared to remain stationary in winds aloft, move against the wind, maneuver abruptly, or move at considerable speed, without discernable means of propulsion.

In all, they looked at 144 reports originating from government sources. Of those reports, 80 included detection with more than one type of sensor. That is, they were either visible both to observers and cameras, or seen on radar and infrared, or some other combination of the above. That makes these reports hard to dismiss as just optical effects or software glitches in a single instrument. However, it doesn’t absolve them from being simple misinterpretations. For example, of the three videos that have gained widespread public attention over the past year, the video showing flying “pyramids” is almost certainly the lights of commercial airliners as seen through infrared cameras that generate an unusual form of lens flare. Observers on the ground also saw these lights, but as lights, not the objects that seemed to be present in the video.

In any case, it’s clear that the ODNI and other government agencies are taking these sightings seriously, because they have to be taken seriously. As the report notes, no matter what you call them, and no matter what the source, these sightings are disrupting training and other military maneuvers as well as interfering with civilian aviation. At the very least, the safety of pilots and crews demands further investigation. At worst if these actions represent, as the report calls them, “foreign adversary systems,” then this situation is dire.

The ODNI makes clear that, no matter the outcome, “UAP clearly pose a safety of flight issue and may pose a challenge to U.S. national security.”

For that reason alone, it’s critical that they continue to be taken seriously. This report may be a disappointment to the public, since it neither confesses to secret government cavorting with aliens or provides a dire warning of hidden Nazi moon bases, but its real message shouldn’t get lost in the quest for aliens: UAPs are a real thing, and a real threat.

So what do we do about it? It would be nice to suggest that some critical breakthroughs in radar or cameras might provide all the documentation we ever wanted, and there’s no doubt that improved instrumentation is a big part of what is driving these reports. New technology, operating right at the edge of capability, is also a likely source of many false reports.

But the report spells out the biggest thing that could be done to help. We need: “consistent consolidation of reports from across the federal government, standardized reporting, increased collection and analysis, and a streamlined process for screening all such reports against a broad range of relevant U.S. government  data.” That will provide “a more sophisticated analysis of UAP that is likely to deepen our understanding.”

The report makes clear that these steps are “resource-intensive” and “would require additional investment.”

Standardize the reporting, consolidate the data, and deepen the analysis

These are also steps that are unlikely to ever be taken seriously at existing agencies. Navy pilots may be reporting UAPs, but the Navy isn’t likely to assign its top investigators to chasing them full-time. The same goes for the Air Force and other branches of the military, as well as for existing intelligence agencies.

What’s really needed is an agency or department that can cut through red tape, and which is uniquely empowered to investigate this one phenomenon across the government, as well as among the civilian population. Such an agency wouldn’t need hypnotizing pens or jet-powered cars. They would need consistent reporting, the clearance to see into military programs, and a no-nonsense ability to pursue these observations no matter how many people are laughing.

And remember: That suit would look good on you.

Credit: www.dailykos.com

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