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- The New York Times first reported on the conclusions of the report due to be presented to Congress later this month by U.S. intelligence officials.
- The report finds no proof the unexplained aerial phenomena is extraterrestrial activity, but it cannot rule out the possibility.
- The report says the incidents analyzed over the past two decades are not advanced U.S. government technology.
A highly anticipated government report on unexplained aerial phenomena has found no evidence objects observed in the sky by Navy pilots are alien spacecraft, but it does not rule out the possibility.
The New York Times first reported on the conclusions of the report that’s due to be presented to Congress later this month by U.S. intelligence officials. But the report appears to fall short in explaining the strange objects’ hypersonic speeds, as well as their abilities to change directions and submerge underwater.
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Senior administration officials briefed on the report told the Times that most of the more than 120 unidentified flying objects (UFO) incidents analyzed over the past two decades did not originate from any advanced U.S. government technology, eliminating the possibility that the objects observed by Navy pilots were part of secret government projects.
Officials said some of the aerial phenomena could be China or Russia experimenting with hypersonic technology, as both countries have invested in hypersonic weapons. If that were to be the case, the superpower’s hypersonic abilities would far exceed what the U.S. military is capable of.
The report was mandated as part of the coronavirus pandemic relief package signed last year by former President Trump.
Most of the incidents in the report come from Navy personnel.
Navy pilots reported seeing unidentified objects high in the skies over the East Coast every day from the summer of 2014 to March 2015. The objects appeared to have no visible engine or infrared exhaust plumes and could reach hypersonic speeds, according to The New York Times.
Interest in UFOs has increased over several years following a 2017 New York Times report revealing multiple Navy pilots had seen UFOs while in the sky. Videos of the incidents were later declassified by the Pentagon.
A recently released video captured by the combat ship the USS Omaha in 2019 shows a spherical object off the coast of San Diego moving across the sky before suddenly disappearing into the water.
Former President Obama added to the speculation during an appearance on James Corden’s “The Late Late Show” recently.
“But what is true — and I’m actually being serious here — is that there’s footage and records of objects in the skies that we don’t know exactly what they are,” Obama said.
“We can’t explain how they moved, their trajectory. They did not have an easily explainable pattern,” he said.
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