(CNN) — For years, the United States government has largely ignored reports of mysterious flying objects, which have been seen moving through restricted military airspace. However, he is now slowly beginning to recognize that ufo, which the Pentagon refers to as unidentified aerial phenomena, are real.
While it is certainly premature to speculate whether these flying objects came from another world, the US Army recently confirmed the authenticity of several videos and images showing encounters with unidentified flying objects, fueling questions about what the Pentagon knows about them. incidents and the like.
This June, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and other agencies plan to deliver unclassified reports on UFOs to Congress.
The Defense Department watchdog is also expected to review the Pentagon’s handling of UFO reports.
A source with knowledge of the matter told CNN earlier this month that more research will be announced in the near future on how these encounters have been handled in recent years.
Here’s what we know about UFOs so far:
Latest on UFOs
In May of this year, UFO fan Jeremy Corbell posted images that a Navy ship took. In the video, which is a leak, an unidentified object can be seen flying over the water. Then, it can be observed that it disappears quickly, as if it were suddenly submerged.
Days later, CNN’s Poppy Harlow spoke with Corbell about another new video of objects swarming around a US Navy ship, which was off the coast of San Diego.
The publication of these images comes weeks before a report from the United States Government on the unidentified aerial phenomena. This, as explained at the beginning of the text, will occur this June.
What are UFOs?
In short, a UFO is a flying object that looks or moves differently from any aircraft used by the United States or any foreign country.
UFOs are shrouded in mystery and there are still many more questions than answers about these inexplicable incidents.
In recent years, there have been numerous UFO sightings, but the US military only recently verified a few of those encounters.
Pentagon confirms UFO videos taken by Navy
In April this year, the Pentagon confirmed the authenticity of photos and video taken by Navy personnel in 2019 that appeared to show triangle-shaped objects flickering and moving through the clouds.
Another set of photos of members of the Navy showed three objects apparently flying in the sky, shaped like a sphere, acorn and a metallic blimp.
In April 2020, the Pentagon released three short videos from infrared cameras that appeared to show flying objects moving quickly. In two of the videos, service members appear reacting in amazement at the speed with which objects are moving. A voice speculates that it could be a drone.
A month later, in May 2020, details were given about those videos.
What have the Navy and the Department of Defense said?
The Navy acknowledged the veracity of the videos in September 2019, but officially released them months later, “in order to clear up any public misconceptions about whether the images that have been circulating were real or if there is something else in the videos. “Said then the Pentagon spokeswoman, Sue Gough.
“After a thorough review, the Department of Defense determined that the authorized release of these unclassified videos does not reveal any sensitive capabilities or systems,” Gough said in a statement, “and does not affect any subsequent investigation into airspace incursions. military by unidentified aerial phenomena.
The Navy videos were first published between December 2017 and March 2018 by the To The Stars Academy of Arts and Sciences, a company co-founded by Tom DeLonge, a former member of the Blink-182 band, who says he studies information about unidentified aerial phenomena.
In those videos, which date back to 2004, sensors lock onto a target as it flies before it accelerates off the left side of the frame, too fast for the sensors to reposition it.
The pilot who saw UFOs in the 2004 videos speaks
In 2017, one of the pilots who saw one of the unidentified objects in 2004 told CNN that it was moving in a way he couldn’t explain.
“When I approached him (…), he accelerated rapidly to the south, and disappeared in less than two seconds,” said retired US Navy pilot David Fravor. “This was extremely rough, like a ping pong ball bouncing off a wall. It hit and went to the other side ».
What will the report say about UFOs coming this month?
Although subject matter experts applauded recent government moves to share more information about reported UFO encounters in recent decades, many remain skeptical that the forthcoming report from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and other agencies could provide insight. comprehensive look at the subject.
That’s because the Pentagon has long been reluctant to acknowledge that some of what has been observed is simply inexplicable despite compelling evidence that these objects display characteristics not normally associated with conventional aircraft, according to Luis Elizondo. , former head of a classified program of the Department of Defense for the investigation of potential UFOs.
“At best … there is an interim report that will fulfill the intent of Congress with a promise to provide another report after this one,” Elizondo told reporters last month.
“Unfortunately, there is much more we do not know than we do. The good news is that we are finally taking it seriously, ”he added.
Previous Pentagon Program to Study UFOs
The Pentagon previously studied recordings of aerial encounters with unknown objects as part of a classified program that no longer exists. This was carried out by the efforts of Harry Reid, a former Democratic senator from Nevada.
The program was launched in 2007 and ended in 2012, according to the Pentagon, because it was assessed that there were higher priorities that needed funding.
Reid, Elizondo and others who have lobbied for the US government to release more information on UFOs say the materials released thus far only scratch the surface of what is known.
UFO Working Group
Last year, the Pentagon created a task force to better understand “the nature and origins” of unidentified aerial phenomena, the Defense Department said in a statement.
“The Department of Defense and the military departments take any incursion by unauthorized aircraft into our training grounds or designated airspace very seriously and examine every report.
“This includes examining incursions that are initially reported as unidentified aerial phenomena when the observer cannot immediately identify what he is seeing,” the statement said.
The working group included the videos whose authenticity was confirmed in April this year.
With information from CNN’s Oren Liebermann, Zachary Cohen, Ryan Browne, Michael Conte, Chandelis Duster and Scottie Andrew.
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