Are aliens watching us? According to the US government, which is due to publish a report on “unidentified aerial phenomena” next month, the mysterious aircraft sighted in recent years by military pilots have nothing to do with potential little green men, but rather with very real adversaries of the United States.
After decades of secrecy, Congress last year ordered the executive to brief the general public on the activities of the Pentagon unit responsible for studying these phenomena, which has been entrusted to the US Navy.
This report, placed under the authority of the direction of the intelligence services (DNI), is likely to disappoint the amateurs of extraterrestrials, whose enthusiasm was revived by a recent report of the very serious American television magazine “60 Minutes” on this subject.
Pentagon videos sow doubt
Former President Barack Obama mischievously put on a layer this week, admitting on a comedy show that he asked when he arrived at the White House if there was a secret laboratory where “We keep extraterrestrial specimens and spaceships”. “They did some research and the answer was no”, he added with a smile.
” What is true – and here I am serious – is that there are videos and images of objects in the sky that we do not know exactly what they are ”, added Barack Obama.
The Pentagon released videos taken by US Navy pilots last year showing in-flight encounters with what appear to be UFOs. One of these videos – all in black and white – dates from November 2004 and the other two from January 2015.
On one, we can see a fast moving oblong object which, a few seconds after being spotted by one of the sensors on board the US Navy aircraft, disappears on the left following a sudden acceleration. In another video, we can see an object above the clouds, the pilot wondering if it is a drone.
“Unidentified aerial phenomena”
At the Pentagon, these images are taken very seriously. To avoid any link with beings from another planet and encourage airmen to report these appearances without fear of being mocked, the military no longer designates them as “unidentified flying objects” (UFO) but as “phenomena. unidentified aircraft ”. The goal is for military and intelligence experts to analyze their videos and identify as many aircraft as possible.
Global airspace is congested, said a Pentagon official who requested anonymity. In addition to airliners, it is crossed by military drones which may be American or come from abroad, quadrocopters, these small four-armed drones equipped with cameras and sold commercially, sounding balloons used in particular for forecasts. meteorological models, of which there are thousands of different models, not to mention the American military prototypes tested in the greatest secrecy.
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Depending on the speed at which military pilots fly, the reflections of the sun, the time, the weather, it can be difficult to identify the observed aircraft, but it is possible thanks to mathematical analyzes, cross-checking of photos taken from different angles etc.
The Pentagon does not publish any of these findings to avoid giving indications to potential adversaries. But an object that appears on a video to move quickly can, after analyzing the movements of the ocean, the movements of the device that spotted it and its own movements, finally move quite slowly.
“In fact, we don’t know what it is”
“The more data we collect, the more we can reduce the gap between identified and unidentified, and the more we can avoid strategic surprises in terms of adversary technologies”, simply said a spokeswoman for the US Department of Defense, Susan Gough, in a statement.
Because what worries the military is that these phenomena observed very frequently (“More than once or twice a week”, according to the Pentagon official), testify to technologies that the United States does not have.
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“In fact, we don’t know what it is, said Luis Elizondo, a former soldier who participated in the Pentagon’s work on the subject, on Sunday. What we do know is that whatever aircraft they are, they demonstrate capabilities beyond the next generation. “ “And this is what is worrying in terms of national security: they can surpass anything we have in our inventory”, he said on the ABC channel.
To the Pentagon, this all sounds a lot like spying on US military training centers. “Our airmen train the same way they fight. And if someone is there trying to identify how we train […], it gives him an advantage “, underlines the head of the Department of Defense of the United States.