UFOs have landed in Congress, where legislation affecting them will be considered
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Masked in turgid language deep within next year’s Senate Intelligence Authorization Bill is the following sentence: “Cross-domain transmedium threats to U.S. national security are growing exponentially.” .
You can shrug your shoulders.
But let me run through that for a moment with the Universal Translator. You know. Like the one they use in “Star Trek”.
What if I decode this sentence to tell you that lawmakers are petrified by the growing threats UFOs pose to the United States?
Do I now have your attention?
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For the first time in history, Congress recognizes that Unidentified Aerial Phenomena – or “UAPs” as they are now called – may exist. And, if Congress approves the intelligence bill, lawmakers will mandate the creation of a special government office to determine what is terrestrial and what is extraterrestrial.
The truth may be elsewhere. But you can’t find it without first filtering through the otherworldly legislative text.
Unidentified flying objects have baffled military pilots for decades. They defy physics. Perform impossible aerodynamic maneuvers against the wind. They spin at dizzying speeds.
That’s why lawmakers force the military to sort out what we don’t understand.
“There are unexplained events out there,” said Ron Marks, a former CIA officer and Senate intelligence adviser. “And if you can’t explain it, then as good intelligence you should analyze it to find out what’s there and what’s not.”
Lawmakers have long been skeptical about whether the military and intelligence communities confess what they know — or concede what they don’t know — about things that might fly over their heads.
That’s why the House Intelligence Committee conducted the first UFO hearing in more than 50 years in May.
“When we spot something that we don’t understand or can’t identify in our airspace, it’s the job of those to whom we entrust our national security to investigate and report,” the president said. from the intelligence committee, Adam Schiff, D-Calif.
But the audience may have created more questions than answers.
Military officials released two videos during the hearing. One described a UFO event which they were able to explain as a visual anomaly – thanks to night vision goggles and recording equipment. The other episode remains a mystery. However, the videos shown during the hearing were difficult to decipher.
“Congress is reacting to classified data because the unclassified data we’ve all seen includes blurry images that aren’t very convincing,” said Avi Loeb, a theoretical physicist and cosmologist at Harvard University. “And I wouldn’t expect such a bill to be allowed unless there was much more compelling evidence, which I’m sure there is.”
It is feared that the army is hiding something.
“I always thought it was the military trying to, to some degree, disguise the advanced programs that they were working on,” Marks said. “But there are some things that need to be explained.”
Lawmakers are also concerned that if the technology doesn’t come from the United States or from outer space, it could come from the Russians or the Chinese. And that could pose an even greater threat.
Senator Marco Rubio, R-Fla., the Senate Intelligence Committee’s top GOPer, suggested it in 2020 during an interview with CBS.
“Honestly, if it’s something off this planet that might actually be better than the fact that we’ve seen some kind of technological leap from the Chinese or the Russians or some other adversary that allows them to lead this kind of activity,” Rubio said three years ago. “To me, this is a national security risk and we should look into it.”
That’s why lawmakers and others who study the cosmos say it’s up to the defense and intelligence communities to identify the unidentifiable.
“The government is the organization that constantly watches the skies for national security purposes,” Loeb said. “So one would expect those people who have their day job to watch the sky first to find such objects. We just need to figure out what those objects are.”
Loeb said the government was not a “scientific organization”, adding that officials were concerned about “national security”. He says it reinforces the government’s responsibility to try to understand some of this.
It’s one thing to have people in Roswell, NM in 1947 seeing things or even having sightings in the mid-1970s after “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” came out. It’s another thing for people to spot things today. Loeb says that’s why the government should be able to better explain some of the events.
“I think there’s much better data now than there was decades ago. So rather than worrying about reports that took place decades ago that weren’t high quality and that were anecdotal, we now have excellent instrumentation that was not available,” says Loeb.
At the spring hearing, lawmakers said there was still a bias within the military. Navy and Air Force pilots feared their credibility was at stake when they reported seeing strange things in the sky. Rep. Andre Carson, D-Ind., who conducted the hearing, said some pilots feared their superiors would portray them as “crazy.”
Ron Marks invoked resistance among government officials to fully investigate the assassination of President John F. Kennedy or explore the POW/MIA issue. Although there is nothing conclusive, Loeb suspects that people are resisting possibilities that could change established paradigms.
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Nobody believed Nicolaus Copernicus and his idea that the Earth and the planets revolved around the sun in the 16th century. He faced lawsuits from the Catholic Church. Galileo was placed under house arrest for his beliefs.
“There’s a stigma and there’s ridicule in discussing the possibility of extraterrestrials. But the point is, whatever it is…we should understand what it is rather than ignore it,” Loeb said. “We should be open-minded because we may not be the smartest child in our cosmic block.”
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Congress must first approve the intelligence bill before anything happens. But the mere existence of language in this bill signals a key shift in thinking about the unexplained.
Perhaps a small step that could become a giant leap when it comes to UFOs.