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Waiting on the UFO Report
-Congress UFO Report Comes Due
-Rubio fears delays?
-DNI Ratcliffe says, Amaze!
America’s 3-letter agencies are like preschoolers — they don’t know how to share. In an industry where information equals power, pockets of data are purposely secluded and cordoned off from rival departments. This approach compartmentalizes the U.S. national security apparatus and leaves it with an incomplete picture about what’s behind credible reports of unidentified craft flying overhead. This was the impetus behind the Senate Intelligence Committee’s 2020 demand for a public report about the government’s UFO knowledge. The timer was officially set on December 27th, 2020, and the 180-day deadline arrives in late-June.
Rumors of delays are already emerging. Senator Marco Rubio, who pushed to get the definitive language included in the final Intelligence Authorization Act, warned (while speaking in third-person) that he’s “...not sure they're going to come in on time. They miss a lot of deadlines in government.”
The overwhelming sentiment from the UFO community seems to be: “Don’t get too excited.” The NY Times has already let some air out of the balloon by claiming the report doesn’t reach any definitive conclusions about the origin of the objects. According to officials familiar with the report’s contents, the DNI’s stance amounts to: “We’re not saying it’s aliens... but we’re not saying it’s not aliens.”
Regardless of its release date, the summary requested by lawmakers might be short on detail. Observers also anticipate the Fed’s ‘black Sharpie’ will conceal any significant revelations. If Pentagon spokeswoman Sue Gough’s oft-repeated disclaimers are any indication of the type of “Disclosure” we can expect from the upcoming UFO report, one wonders if any serious information will see the light of day: “...the DOD does not discuss publicly the details of either the observations or the examinations of reported incursions into our training ranges or designated airspace, including those incursions initially designated as UAP.”
To that end, the Inspector General (IG) for the DoD issued a press release on May 3rd announcing their own evaluation of the internal handling of UFO reports. Their objective is to “determine the extent to which the DoD has taken actions regarding Unidentified Aerial Phenomena (UAP).”
Essentially, the IG wants to know what, if anything, various branches of the military and defense did with reports of anomalous, unidentified craft. Included in the roll call are a couple of interesting names: the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO). UFOlogists have long suspected DARPA of harvesting and back-engineering extraterrestrial technology, while the NRO, a secretive ‘black program’ for decades before its public revelation, operates an army of high-res imaging satellites in orbit around Earth that could provide a unique view of any reported UFO encounter.
While skepticism about the ‘bombshell nature’ of the approaching congressional UFO report is warranted, there are plenty of reasons to look forward to its public release. The committee specifically asked for “a detailed analysis of unidentified aerial phenomena data and intelligence reporting.” Their straight-forward request means the agencies in scope are expected to provide explicit details and interpretations about the situation in the skies.
Even the former Director of National Intelligence, John Ratcliffe, got in on the hype — promising the report will contain details about “things that we are observing that are difficult to explain.”
Black marker or not, the report is bound to contain new revelations and buried leads for erstwhile amateur UFO investigators to explore.