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declassified report US to release ‘a lot more’ evidence of encounters with UFOs

Pentagon has reports of mystery aircraft seen performing moves ‘beyond capabilities of mankind’


Marchers call for more details about the Roswell incident in 1947

Marchers call for more details about the Roswell incident in 1947

Marchers call for more details about the Roswell incident in 1947

The Pentagon has evidence of UFOs breaking the sound barrier without a sonic boom and other “difficult to explain” phenomena, a declassified report will disclose.

There are a lot more sightings than have been made public,” John Ratcliffe, the former director of national intelligence, told Fox News.

“Some of those have been declassified. And when we talk about sightings, we are talking about objects that have been seen by US navy or air force pilots, or have been picked up by satellite imagery that frankly engage in actions that are difficult to explain.

“Movements that are hard to replicate, that we don’t have the technology for. Or travelling at speeds that exceed the sound barrier without a sonic boom.

“Weather can cause disturbances, visual disturbances. Sometimes we wonder whether or not our adversaries have technologies that are a little bit further down the road than we thought or that we realised.

“But there are instances where we don’t have good explanations for some of the things that we have seen.”

The report is expected to be released by June 1 and is part of a bill signed into law by former president Donald Trump in December.

It came after politicians expressed concern that there was no comprehensive process within the federal government for collecting and analysing intelligence on unidentified aerial phenomena, “despite the potential threat from foreign adversaries”, which is why a sweeping report on all relevant information is essential, according to the bill’s text.

Harry Reid, a former senator who donated $22m (€18.5m) to the US government’s UFO investigations, has said the release of a small number of sightings over the years “only scratches the surface” of what officials have on file. “The US needs to take a serious, scientific look at this and any potential national security implications,” Mr Reid said. “The American people deserve to be informed.”

The US government has looked into UFOs for decades, most notably between 2007 and 2012 when the Pentagon began its Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program, funded by Mr Reid.

Last April, the Pentagon declassified three videos, acknowledging that the footage of potential UFOs was shot by US navy pilots during training missions. In the clips, UFOs were seen moving at incredible speeds and performing seemingly impossible manoeuvres.

In one, a circular object is seen flying far ahead of a fighter jet, while a second shows a small object racing over land. The number of sightings were up in 2020 compared with the previous year – with more than 6,600 recorded during that period, according to National UFO Reporting Centre data.

It is thought the rise is partly because more people have taking up stargazing during coronavirus lockdowns.

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