We Should Release More UFO Reports, Says US Senate Committee


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Recently declassified UFO footage captured in November 2004 nickname “Tic Tac." Credit: US Department of Defense

The Senate Committee in charge of overseeing the intelligence community wants to change the way the US deals with UFO reports from the military — and that could allow a whole load of unclassified documents on UFOs to be released. 

The US Senate Intelligence Committee is pushing to regulate the Pentagon’s “Unidentified Aerial Phenomenon” tracking program and reform the way they report information about UFOs.


According to a newly released provision to the annual intelligence authorization bill, the panel wants the Department of Defense (DOD) and US intelligence agencies to compile a detailed public analysis of all data collected on UAPs. The report must include all collected data — including satellite intelligence, signals intelligence, and human intelligence — on known "intrusions" of UAPs in restricted US airspace. Best of all, the report should be “submitted in unclassified form,” meaning Joe Public should be able to access the reports without too much difficulty. 

“The Committee supports the efforts of the Unidentified Aerial Phenomenon Task Force at the Office of Naval Intelligence to standardize collection and reporting on unidentified aerial phenomenon,” reads the Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021

"The Committee remains concerned that there is no unified, comprehensive process within the federal government for collecting and analyzing intelligence on unidentified aerial phenomena, despite the potential threat."

The document goes on to argues that UFO reports have often "lacked attention from senior leaders" and this needs to change given "the threat they pose to US military assets and installations."


Also of note, this is the first time the presence of an official UFO program has been acknowledged in a public document of this kind, according to AFPWhile officials had previously hinted that such a program existed, they claim it had ended in 2012. The task force was then alluded to in an email exchange between a Navy representative and UFO writer Roger Glassel in May, confirming the suspicions of some that the Pentagon was still running a UFO program. 

This news comes after the US military recently confirmed and released information on a number of UFO sightings. Earlier this year, it officially declassified and released three videos of "unidentified aerial phenomena,” followed by eight new UFO incident reports. 

The action is yet to be passed by Congress and it’s unclear how they will vote on the legislation. POLITICO speculates that the act might meet resistance within the Trump administration regarding the requirement to make the information public. It’s also worth considering that the bill doesn’t make any mention of UAPs or UFOs in terms of extraterrestrial activity and namely refers to unidentified aircraft that belong to “adversarial foreign governments.”  

Nevertheless, it certainly appears that US authorities are becoming more transparent and open with the ever-controversial topic of UFOs. 


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