The truth is out there and, very shortly, the public may soon get to get a good taste of it.
US intelligence agencies are bound to deliver a report on “unidentified aerial phenomena” (UAPs, or UFOs to the rest of us) to Congress any day now.
The highly-anticipated report, which was mandated by Congress in the Intelligence Authorization Act for 2021, is set to drop sometime in June 2021 and sets out to reveal all the data – including satellite intelligence, signals intelligence, and human intelligence – they’ve collected on UFO encounters so far. It will be declassified and made public, so anyone should be able to read it.
The report is being led by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and the UAP Task Force, a program set up in 2020 by the Department of Defense to “improve its understanding of, and gain insight into, the nature and origins of UAPs.” It also looks to standardize the way UFO sightings are reported within the military and intelligence services.
“We cannot allow the stigma of UFO’s to keep us from seriously investigating this. The forthcoming report is one step in that process, but it will not be the last,” Senator Marco Rubio of Florida, who was head of the Senate Intelligence Committee when he wrote a provision into the Intelligence Authorization Act, said in a statement given to media outlets.
Once considered the domain of crackpots and conspiracy theorists, UFO sightings have been given a renewed legitimacy in recent years thanks to a number of high-profile sightings. Much of this hype can be linked back to a 2017 article in the New York Times reporting on a series of leaked videos filmed off the coast of the US that show unusually shaped, fast-moving aircraft. The videos were given a boosted sense of legitimacy when the Pentagon later confirmed the videos were real and taken by Navy personnel – they even went to officially release them to the public.
However, it appears doubtful that the report will prove definitively whether Earthlings have come into contact with little grey men in flying saucers. Instead, it's more likely to be a compilation of all the reports of UAPs obtained by the military in recent times, as well as an outline of how the US government can better document and understand these unexplained sightings. The search for truth continues...
“Congress should make this an ongoing program. I don’t think the report is going to tell us too much. I think they need to study it more and not just have one shot at it,” former Senator Harry Reid of Nevada, one of the most persistent voices calling for the release of information on UFOs, told the Guardian this week.