US intelligence report rules out foreign adversaries as source of unidentified aerial...

Shawn Knight

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Why it matters: On the surface, the US government's unclassified report on unidentified aerial phenomena (UAPs) may sound like nine pages of nothing. But upon closer inspection, there are several fascinating nuggets that warrant further discussion. Indeed, this could very well be the tip of the iceberg on a topic that has remained shrouded in mystery for decades, perhaps even centuries.

The Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) has published its long-awaited preliminary report regarding its assessment of unidentified aerial phenomena (UAP), or what for years was referred to simply as unidentified flying objects (UFOs).

The ODNI used a limited subset of data largely collected by the US government based on incidents occurring from November 2004 to March 2021, with the majority occurring in the last two years as reporting mechanisms became better known to the military community.

Of the 144 cases studied that originated from US government sources, the team was able to identify exactly one reported UAP with high confidence. In that case, they identified the object as a large, deflating balloon. Every other case remains unexplained.

The report further concluded that most of the UAPs reported probably do represent physical objects considering most (80 out of 144) were detected across multiple sensors including radar, infrared, electro-optical, weapon seekers and visual observation.

What’s more, the ODNI said most reports described UAP as objects that interrupted pre-planned training or other military activity. Sightings also tended to cluster around US training and testing grounds, but this may “result from a collection bias as a result of focused attention, greater numbers of latest-generation sensors operating in those areas, unit expectations, and guidance to report anomalies.”

Other fascinating tidbits include, but aren’t limited to:

  • In 18 incidents, described in 21 reports, observers reported unusual UAP movement patterns or flight characteristics.
  • The UAPTF has 11 reports of documented instances in which pilots reported near misses with a UAP.
  • Some UAP appeared to remain stationary in winds aloft, move against the wind, maneuver abruptly, or move at considerable speed, without discernible means of propulsion.
  • In a small number of cases, military aircraft systems processed radio frequency (RF) energy associated with UAP sightings.
  • The UAP documented in this limited dataset demonstrate an array of aerial behaviors, reinforcing the possibility there are multiple types of UAP requiring different explanations.
  • Sociocultural stigmas and sensor limitations remain obstacles to collecting data on UAP.
  • UAP clearly pose a safety of flight issue and may pose a challenge to U.S. national security.

According to the report, there is no data to indicate any UAP are part of a foreign collection program or indicative of a major technological advancement by a potential adversary.

The ODNI further notes that they may require additional scientific knowledge to successfully collect on, analyze and characterize some UAPs. "We would group such objects in this category pending scientific advances that allowed us to better understand them."

Ultimately, the report concluded that the limited amount of high-quality reporting on UAP hampers their ability to draw firm conclusions about the nature or intent of the objects. Unsurprisingly, the task force said additional funding for research and development could further the future study of UAPs.

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Bullwinkle M

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The simplest explanation is usually the correct one >

They are simply scam artists who want taxpayer funds to study things that do not exist


 

pelopidas

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We are obviously not that intelligent if we think that creatures from outer space come and visit. To think that implies a lack of understanding of physics, time and space.
So here is a nice paradox.
Our milky way galaxy is about 100000 light years across. So let’s say within our own galaxy there is some other life and they are not just a slime mold but intelligent and civilized and technical and give a **** about what is in the universe and are located on a planet not obscured by gas and debris but with a view of the universe. Should they be looking at us they would see a planet as it was 100000 years ago. Not intriguing enough to spend somewhere between 100000 years and eternity traveling to it.
Faster than light travel does not exist. Star Trek is not real. It cannot be done. Because of, you know, science. So less than speed of light travel.
So here is the dilemma. No one in space can see us as we are. We can’t see them. They could only see the far distant past. The distances are so enormous that enormous is too small a word. The time to travel would be eternal.
Whether we are alone in the universe is irrelevant. No one will ever see us and we will never see them. No one will ever travel to us and we will never travel to them.
Everything else is just sci-fi and magic.
 

BadThad

Posts: 1,039   +1,193
We are obviously not that intelligent if we think that creatures from outer space come and visit. To think that implies a lack of understanding of physics, time and space.
So here is a nice paradox.
Our milky way galaxy is about 100000 light years across. So let’s say within our own galaxy there is some other life and they are not just a slime mold but intelligent and civilized and technical and give a **** about what is in the universe and are located on a planet not obscured by gas and debris but with a view of the universe. Should they be looking at us they would see a planet as it was 100000 years ago. Not intriguing enough to spend somewhere between 100000 years and eternity traveling to it.
Faster than light travel does not exist. Star Trek is not real. It cannot be done. Because of, you know, science. So less than speed of light travel.
So here is the dilemma. No one in space can see us as we are. We can’t see them. They could only see the far distant past. The distances are so enormous that enormous is too small a word. The time to travel would be eternal.
Whether we are alone in the universe is irrelevant. No one will ever see us and we will never see them. No one will ever travel to us and we will never travel to them.
Everything else is just sci-fi and magic.

Interesting but naïve. So, out of the millions of reported sightings between military, police & normal people and the documented, substantiating proof (phtographc/video/radar/IR/ etc.), everyone of them is invalid and nonsense?

You need to understand we are a YOUNG planet and mankind is little more than a baby compared to other life that has evolved for millennia. We are a LONG way from understanding and evolving our technology to the point of galaxy travel. One cannot make blanket statements about science when our ignorance level is still EXTREMELY high.
 

BadThad

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Thanks to Luis for bringing UAP to the forefront. We need to be very vigilant with UAP. Ideally, we need to capture one of these UAP's and dissect it.
 

Danny101

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Whatever these flying objects are , they are manipulating gravity. So, that's a leap in propulsion that could in all probability make space travel faster than we can even imagine. These things would disappear. So our science is too overmatched to explain it.
 

BadThad

Posts: 1,039   +1,193
Whatever these flying objects are , they are manipulating gravity. So, that's a leap in propulsion that could in all probability make space travel faster than we can even imagine. These things would disappear. So our science is too overmatched to explain it.
Exactly! It's very obvious they have mastered gravity and use to to their advantage. And here we are on earth struggling to even measure gravity waves - we are but Neanderthals compared to other advanced life.
 

Bullwinkle M

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Interesting but naïve. So, out of the millions of reported sightings between military, police & normal people and the documented, substantiating proof (phtographc/video/radar/IR/ etc.), everyone of them is invalid and nonsense?
Out of the millions of reported sightings, without proof or factual evidence of any kind, between military, police & other people who happen to be habitual Liars, and the doctored, unsubstantiated claims (phtographc/video/radar/IR/ etc.), everyone of them is invalid and nonsense!

There, I fixed it for you.

as you all can clearly see by the great number of people posting unsubstantiated claims here and other places, on this and many other topics, then YES, there are millions of falsified reports by scam artists and habitual liars

If you "HAD" actual evidence, we would have seen it by now

You don't and never did!