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Pentagon’s Top-Secret UFO Unit To Brief Senate As Ex-Official Says ‘Off-World Vehicles’ Found

“If it’s something from outside this planet — that might actually be better than…the Chinese or the Russians,” said Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL).

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(TMU) – As secretive unit operating within the U.S. Department of Defence that is charged with investigating unidentified flying objects (UFOs) will make some of its findings public after it was revealed that the Pentagon has been recently briefed about “off-world vehicles not made on this earth.”

The once-covert UFO unit, which operates within the U.S. Navy’s Office of Naval Intelligence, will soon begin giving regular biannual updates on its research to the U.S. Senate’s Intelligence Committee, reports The New York Times.

The Unidentified Aerial Phenomenon Task Force was formed in 2019 for the purpose of studying strange and inexplicable encounters between U.S. military pilots and unidentified aerial vehicles or UFOs in a bid “to standardize collection and reporting” of the various sightings.

The program is the successor to the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program, which also investigated UFOs but was dissolved in 2017 due to a lapse of funding. However, the team working on that program continued its work alongside the intelligence community even after it was officially disbanded.

Luis Elizondo, a former military intelligence official who headed the Pentagon program, resigned in October 2017 after a decade with the program. Elizondo, along with a group of former government scientists and officials, remain convinced that objects of unknown origin have crashed on Earth and that these apparently extraterrestrial materials have been the focus of research.

“It no longer has to hide in the shadows,” Elizondo told the Times. “It will have a new transparency.”

Former Senate majority leader and retired Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV), who led the push to fund the earlier UFO program, also believes that the studies should see the light of day.

“After looking into this, I came to the conclusion that there were reports — some were substantive, some not so substantive — that there were actual materials that the government and the private sector had in their possession,” Reid said.

So far, none of the alleged crash artifacts have been subject to public scrutiny or verification by independent researchers. However, some of the retrieved objects such as strange metallic debris were identified as being manmade – raising the possibility that they could be related to the military of U.S. rivals such as China or Russia.

However, astrophysicist Eric Davis – who served as an advisor for the Pentagon program since 2007 – said that he had briefed the Pentagon in March about material retrieved from “off-world vehicles not made on this earth.”

The Department of Defence subcontractor also said that he had concluded that the objects found were of the type “we couldn’t make … ourselves.”

In an interview last month, President Donald Trump told his son Donald Trump Jr. that he had heard some “interesting” things about supposed aliens as well as the secretive Area 51 base near Roswell, New Mexico, that some theorists claim is a UFO crash site.

The U.S. government has been increasingly open in its discussions of UFOs since last September, when  U.S. Navy admitted that widely-circulated video footage captured by Navy pilots that purportedly showed UFOs flying through the skies did depict actual “unknown” objects that flew into U.S. airspace.

While officials admitted that they have been baffled by the unknown flying objects, they also admit that past encounters with them have been frequent. They also said that rather than calling them “UFOs,” they prefer the term unidentified aerial phenomena or UAPs.

While it remains yet to be seen what information the once-secret UFO unit plans to lay out for lawmakers, acting intelligence committee chairman Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) is intent on finding out who or what precisely is behind the apparent UFO activity over U.S. military bases.

“We have things flying over our military bases and places where we are conducting military exercises and we don’t know what it is — and it isn’t ours,” Rubio told CBS Miami in an interview last Friday.

“Frankly, that if it’s something from outside this planet — that might actually be better than the fact that we’ve seen some technological leap on behalf of the Chinese or the Russians or some other adversary that allows them to conduct this sort of activity,” the hawkish senator added.

For Reid, further transparency is needed.

“It is extremely important that information about the discovery of physical materials or retrieved craft come out,” he said.

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Senate Demands UFO Disclosure From Intelligence Community As New Reports Surge

The government has all but acknowledged they are actively investigating UFO’s.

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(TMU) – The intensity has been steadily growing over Unidentified Aerial Phenomena (UAPs), which are, essentially, the 21st-century version of UFOs. In recent years, surprising new reports in typically sceptical mainstream media outfits like the New York Times have carved out a fresh generation of intrigue from a once-taboo issue.

The government has all but acknowledged they are actively investigating UAPs, which suggests the phenomenon may be more than clandestine international or geopolitical military intrigue. Maybe they really don’t know what’s going on.

The website The War Zone is in the process of gathering hazard reports from the United States Air Force and the Navy. Their data, compiled from Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests, suggests that last year Navy pilots reported a surge in UAP encounters along the East Coast.

The hazard reports are dense in technical language and don’t exactly flow like Close Encounter of the Third Kind, but they do establish that “the concern regarding unknown aircraft operating in the warning areas is clearly growing more palpable.” 

Renewed interest in this subject has now made its way to Capitol Hill too, as last week the Senate Intelligence Committee voted in favour of mandating U.S. intelligence agencies and the Defence Department to disclose all records related to UAPs, including any “sensitive” information.

“The Committee remains concerned that there is no unified, comprehensive process within the federal government for collecting and analysing intelligence on unidentified aerial phenomena, despite the potential threat,” the committee stated, in a draft of its Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021, adding:

“The Committee understands that the relevant intelligence may be sensitive; nevertheless, the Committee finds that the information sharing and coordination across the Intelligence Community has been inconsistent, and this issue has lacked attention from senior leaders.”

The measure hasn’t been adopted by the full Senate yet. If and when it does, the director of national intelligence and the secretary of defines will have 180 days to put together a report.

Most UFO/UAP theorists believe the true ‘family jewels’ of classified information on extraterrestrials to be among the most closely and tightly held national security secrets.

However, slowly but surely, the contours of the mystery are coming into sharper focus. Twenty-five new hazard reports obtained by The War Zone provide more encounters of anomalies. However, these accounts are, again, dry and fairly non-specific about the actual UAPs in question.

The War Zone, as well as fellow FOIA maven John Greenwald of The Black Vault, seems to suggest that the volume and presentation of records is being distorted. Collated from the Navy’s Web-Enabled Safety System (WESS) Aviation Mishap, the Hazard Reporting System (WAMHRS), and the Air Force Safety Automated System (AFSAS), 25 reports over six years seems curiously low to some researchers.

According to The Black Vault, the reason may be that there are secret backchannel classified systems that bypass standard reporting protocols, making them invulnerable to FOIA requests.

On June 24, 2020, The Black Vault disclosed “off the record” comments by Major Malinda Singleton, a spokesperson for the Air Force who had been designated as a UAP media contact. Speaking to Susan Gough, spokesperson for the Pentagon, Singleton issued two side notes that she did not intend to be read by the public. She wrote:

“Currently the Air Force is not working any specific guidelines for reporting UAPs. **Side note and off the record – we do have reporting instructions for Unauthorized Air Vehicles/Military Installation Airspace Violation, but that is more in the C-UAS realm. That information is provided via OPREPs on SIPR.”

Singleton also wrote:

“How do we define UAPs, it (sic) would say it is similar to the definition that DoD is already using. ** Side note and off the record – most people I talked to were aware of this term, but again we don’t have the official reporting instruction for it.”

According to The War Zone, this last comment confirms the widespread knowledge of UAPs in the DoD but, more importantly, the previous comment suggests an archive of UAP information that is subject to authorization up the chain-of-command.

John Greenwald of The Black Vault writes, “The reference Singleton added ties into a theory first proposed by Australian researcher Paul Dean. That is, that UFO cases, those that are likely not just misidentified drones or balloons, are made within what is called the Operational Reporting (OPREP) system. Specifically, Dean points out OPREP-3 reports, including subcategories 9F and 9B, as being the most significant.”

Of particular import to Greenwald is that “Singleton also added in her comment that OPREP’s would be located on SIPR, or Secret Internet Protocol Router Network. SIPR is a secure system within the Department of Defence (DOD) wherein the data on it is considered classified up to SECRET. In other words, the OPREP’s stored within SIPR are all considered sensitive information and not meant to be released to the public.”

So, in a sense, we’re back to where we started. The government has acknowledged interest in UAPs and we can read some (likely redacted) reports, but the real juicy stuff is probably still classified.

The War Zone claims it is in the midst of continued investigations into this material that they believe will further illuminate UAP/UFO encounters.

In the future, the widespread use of advanced radars, like the Infrared Search and Track Systems, could help to document new UAP cases.

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