The US Congress is scheduled to hold its first public hearing on UFOs since the 1960s on Tuesday (May 17), relying on defense intelligence testimony to establish what could be causing the phenomenon.
The hearing, which will question two Pentagon experts about what they know about UFO sightings, will focus on the content of a Pentagon report from June 2021 which revealed that Navy pilots had reported 144 sightings of unidentified aerial phenomena (UAPs) since 2004, most of which the department concluded “likely represent physical objects.”
Of these reported UAP sightings, 18 displayed extremely unusual flight behaviors, with the mystery objects appearing to “remain stationary in winds aloft, move upwind, maneuver abruptly, or move at considerable speed, with no discernible means of propulsion.” , according to the report. .
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The posted video clips show some of these apparently unpowered craft moving at hypersonic speeds, Live Science previously reported, and a portion of the footage (captured by the US Navy) appears to show a spherical UFO hovering in mid-air as it bounces back and forth, before diving into the ocean. A former Pentagon official, Luis Elizondo, also told the Washington Post that UAPs had interfered with secret US nuclear weapons facilities, even forcing some to go offline.
Congressional oversight committees have been investigating the claims since 2017 after Politico and the New York Times released a series of explosive reports about the Pentagon’s secret UFO investigation office and testimonies from Navy pilots and crew. radar that had encountered the strange aerial objects. Now, a public hearing is imminent.
“Congress has not held a public hearing on unidentified aerial phenomena (UFOs) in more than 50 years,” said meeting chairman and Indiana Rep. Andre Carson. wrote on Twitter. “That will change next week when I lead a House Intelligence hearing on this issue and the national security risk it poses. Americans need to know more about these unexplained events.”
At the public hearing — live broadcast here Beginning at 9 a.m. EDT (1300 GMT): US representatives will question Deputy Secretary of Defense for Intelligence and Security Ronald Moultrie and Deputy Director of Naval Intelligence Scott Bray on what they know about the unexplained phenomena .
Following this public hearing, Congress will hold a closed and classified hearing on the activity of the Pentagon group, known as the Airborne Object Identification and Management Synchronization Group (AOIMSG), which has been tasked with uncovering possible explanations for the sightings.
What the hearing will reveal is unclear, but pertinent questions include whether the UAPs could be satellites, belong to foreign governments, or be intentional forgeries. If experts still haven’t ruled out an extraterrestrial explanation, representatives could also ask them to provide more details about the UAPs’ possible propulsion methods, along with any exotic materials that may have been collected from them.
The AOIMSG was organized within Moultrie’s office. Moultrie, who was sworn in last June, advises Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin on security matters and has served in senior positions at both the CIA and NASA. Meanwhile, Bray is an expert in intelligence gathering and analysis, working to provide intelligence summaries to the US Navy.
Drawing no conclusions from “largely inconclusive” accounts, the 2021 report could only explain one of the sightings (which turned out to be a large balloon that deflated), saying “we currently lack data to indicate that any UAP is part of a foreign collection program or indicative of a major technological breakthrough by a potential adversary.” He also denied that the sightings were in any way related to clandestine tests conducted by the US military.
The report is not the only one the US government has released documenting strange, seemingly unexplained activity. In April, a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request by the tabloid US Sun brought more than 1,500 pages of UFO-related documents to public scrutiny, Live Science previously reported. The document database, created by the Defense Intelligence Agency’s Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program (AATIP), which ran from 2007 to 2012, included reports on more than 300 medical reports. of human interaction with UFOs, some of which included burn injuries, brain damage, nerve damage, heart palpitations, and headaches from alleged close encounters with “anomalous vehicles.”
Tomorrow’s hearing “will give the public an opportunity to hear directly from subject matter experts and intelligence community leaders about one of the biggest mysteries of our time,” said Rep. Adam Schiff, chairman of the House intelligence committee. . He added that the hearing would “break the cycle of excessive secrecy and speculation with truth and transparency.”
However, not all representatives were convinced. Arkansas Rep. Rick Crawford (R), the ranking Republican on the House intelligence subcommittee, questioned the focus on UFOs over other national security issues.
“With China and Russia developing hypersonic weapons and the Biden administration leaking alleged US military operations in Ukraine, we have much more serious intelligence threats than flying saucers,” Crawford said in a statement.
Originally published on Live Science.