Close encounters of some kind? The unidentified phenomena explained

Mohamed Eltayeb 

After decades of public denial, the US Director of National Intelligence is expected to release an “unclassified” report on UFOs to congress within this month. The report comes after the Pentagon verified videos captured by the US Navy as unidentified flying objects. But will the truth finally come out, or will UFO enthusiasts like myself be disappointed by another sensible explanation? 

Filmed in the Combat Information Center of the USS Omaha / July 15th 2019 (Source: Jeremy Corbell)

A newly released video shows several objects surrounding a US Navy warship off the coast of San Diego before suddenly disappearing. Navy personal in the video can be heard commenting on the rare event, “Holy shit, they’re going fast.” Documentary filmmaker Jeremy Corbell released the video, which the Department of Defense has confirmed to be authentic.

Over the last few months, several US politicians, including former President Barack Obama, who spoke with James Corden on “The Late Late Show with James Corden,” stated, “there is footage and records of objects in the skies that we don’t know exactly what they are.” Obama’s comments are no coincidence since a detailed report is expected to be released anytime this month. The report was required from the DOD in the billion-dollar relief package dictated by the Trump administration. Both Democrats and Republicans anticipate the report will include a thorough investigation and analyses of UFO data compiled from testimonies by Navy and Air Force pilots who have admitted knowledge of witnessing the unexplained phenomena. Additionally, the report includes findings found by the Pentagon’s Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program, which was formed in 2007 and dissolved in 2012. The Unidentified Aerial Phenomena Task Force (UAPTF) is the successor of the Pentagon’s previous program and has been publicly regarded to “to detect, analyze and catalog UAPs that could potentially pose a threat to U.S. national security.”

However, despite evidence of UFOs, some experts and skeptics agree that a closer review is needed before drawing any conclusions. Chris Hadfield, a retired Canadian astronaut who once commanded the International Space Station, believes no conclusion should be made of any alien intelligence. “Countless things in the sky that I don’t understand,” but to see something and immediately conclude its intelligent life from another solar system is the “height of foolishness and lack of logic,” he said in an interview.

Science writer Mick West, who has made a reputation for debunking conspiracy theories like chemtrails, has claimed that there is a rational explanation for each of the UFO videos released. West explains that the UFO’s glowing auras, lightning-fast accelerations, and triangle-like appearance are all false delusions that can easily be clarified. West presents a plausible reason; however, if he can debunk the case of the UFOs, why hasn’t the government? Either the US government has wasted millions of dollars from taxpayers, or there is more to this than meets the eye.  

Hypersonic drones

It’s very unlikely that 2021 will be the year in which the US confesses that we are not alone; thus, a more familiar acknowledgment from the government is that foreign adversaries of the US have been using advanced drones to enter military space and gather intelligence. Yes, I know it’s a disappointing claim, and I hope it’s not true, but there is a compelling indication to support it.

It’s not a strange chance that UFOs are spotted on military bases or restricted air space. Nick Pope, who once worked for the British Ministry of Defence and carried out investigations into UFOs in the late 90s, believes high-level drones can be the cause for the reported UFOs. In an interview with The Sun Online, Pope said that the objects visiting the US may be hypersonic drones potentially from China or Russia and believes that the US may not know who is behind the intrusions.

The Drive has reported that there has been a failure in US military intelligence over the last several years, citing that the advancement of drones has not been taken seriously by the US military. In a detailed article, Tyler Rogoway writes on how “relatively simple technologies- drones and balloons” have incited the US to start talking about UFOs so abruptly. Using several pieces of research, Rogoway infers that America isn’t being outdone by greater technology; in fact, the US military is still perceived as the most advanced. Yet, Rogoway declares that its actually low-level swarms of drones that have been modified into an “alien” appearance by foreign nations. The disappearing UFOs for Rogoway are acts demonstrated by balloons and low-end networked drones that can influence pilots to witness some odd event. The motive behind these operations is to disguise themselves for as long as they can without alerting officials. Their so-called events allow the US’s triumphant military systems to work at a disadvantage as they cannot quickly apprehend these UFOs since the threat looks different from what is usually expected.

What to believe?

I honestly don’t know the answer to what you should believe. All cases that are presented in this piece, and I’m sure there are more, can be convincing. I’ve left with more questions than answers since first exploring these theories. Until the report by the DOD is made public, we won’t know what the US government stands for, but I’m sure some theories will be ruled out. Although one theory will continue to forever stand, and that is the government is lying, and its aliens.

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