Report: Senators Are Suddenly Really Interested in UFOs

Footage of an unidentified flying object captured by Navy pilots near Jacksonville, Florida on Jan. 20, 2015.
Footage of an unidentified flying object captured by Navy pilots near Jacksonville, Florida on Jan. 20, 2015.
Screenshot: New York Times

Three U.S. senators received a classified briefing on reported Navy encounters with unidentified flying objects, Politico reported on Wednesday, including vice chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee Senator Mark Warner.

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“Several current and former officials with direct knowledge” of the briefings told Politico that the Capitol Hill briefing follows numerous others involving members of Congress assigned to the Intelligence, Armed Services and Defense Appropriations panels, and/or their staff. A current intelligence official told Politico that “More requests for briefings are coming in,” while a former official said there “are people coming out of the woodwork.”

The U.S. Navy recently acknowledged “a number of reports of unauthorized and/or unidentified aircraft entering various military-controlled ranges and designated air space in recent years,” saying it has plans to overhaul reporting procedures. While the Navy did not lend its support to theories that the incidents are evidence of extraterrestrial life—far from it—it is effectively stating that said incidents need to be further investigated.

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Those notable incidents include a 2004 incident involving a guided missile cruiser that the New York Times reported “had been tracking mysterious aircraft” for weeks, with two F/A-18 pilots sent to investigate reporting a sighting of “an aircraft of some kind—whitish — that was around 40 feet long and oval in shape” hovering over the ocean. Another incident involved mysterious objects supposedly picked up on advanced radar systems by pilots flying off the USS Theodore Roosevelt in 2014 and 2015, with some of the incidents recorded on video. (There is ample skepticism about these accounts, with potential explanations including drones, foreign military aircraft, equipment malfunctions, and/or a mixture of all the above.)

According to other reports by the Times, the Pentagon also spent $22 million from 2008 to 2011 on a shadowy program called the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program. That project generated troves of reports but little meaningful evidence, and has sometimes been characterized as a pet project of former Senator Harry Reid. Earlier this year, Motherboard reported it funded bizarre research on topics like “Traversable Wormholes, Stargates, and Negative Energy” and “Warp Drive, Dark Energy, and the Manipulation of Extra Dimensions.”

However, the media reports do appear to have generated renewed interest from members of Congress, which Politico credits with pushing the Navy towards the policy shifts surrounding UFOs.

“In response to requests for information from Congressional members and staff, Navy officials have provided a series of briefings by senior Naval Intelligence officials as well as aviators who reported hazards to aviation safety,” Politico wrote.

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One individual who recently said he received a similar briefing is the president himself, for all the credibility that adds to any discussion. During a recent interview with Good Morning America’s George Stephanopoulos, the president appeared bemused, saying he had attended a “very brief meeting” on the subject and confirmed that “people are saying they’re seeing UFOs” but he did “not particularly” believe it.

“Well I think my, our great pilots would know, and some of them really see things that are a little bit different than in the past,” Trump rambled. “So we’re gonna see. But we’ll watch it and you’re gonna be the first to know.”

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DISCUSSION

1) No alien would choose to come to this back water slimehole using any method we could detect. And they likely would chose to crash ANYWHERE else rather than here because we’re a bunch of primitives that kill each other on a regular basis so the odds of finding help here are slim to none.

2) There’s about a billion earth’s worth of material in the sun and gas giants. They DO NOT NEED US if they can make it here.

3) Aliens would be stupid to come here for any reason in any way we could detect. We’re just going to try to steal their shit. Then they’ll be forced to obliterate us or be forced to watch us obliterate ourselves while making a mess of the local star systems before we do.

4) An alien that has FTL capability can destroy us before I can type a single letter into a comment section editor of Kinja. Most other sites I’m up to about 60 characters in a few seconds, but Kinja is special.

5) This is likely a Tesla/Marconi thing like was being worked on in the 1940s if its not just a mylar target balloon of some shape or form.

6) Even if the Alien doesn’t have FTL capability... there is a universal truth known by Rocket Scientists since the first days of attempting space: There’s no such thing as an unarmed spacecraft. Any alien that can make it here in anything bigger than a coffin likely has enough technology to turn the world to dust in about 10 seconds. They also have the technology to extract materials from gas giants and likely stars. We currently have theoretical designs that a) will work and b) do not require special technologies to achieve their goal of extracting material with C) the only reason we haven’t is because the cost of lifting the starting equipment into space from earth is too damn expensive right now.

In other words... It ain’t aliens.