🇺🇸 ET Goes to Congress
May 20, 2022

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EXTRATERRESTRIAL

ET Goes to Congress

On Tuesday, top Pentagon officials took part in a Congressional hearing concerning 400 reports of possible UFO contact involving military personnel. These occurrences are also called “Unidentified Aerial Phenomena” or “UAP.”

News Coverage from the Right: Defense officials: Reports of unidentified objects ‘frequent, continuing’ (Breitbart)

News Coverage from the Left: Pentagon now reports about 400 UFO encounters: 'We want to know what's out there' (ABC)

From The Flag: The reaction to these revelations ranges from the conspiratorial to more serious scientific consideration, and it's not entirely divided along party lines. Here are some of those perspectives.

LEFT-LEANING SENTIMENT

UFO Sightings Should be Taken Seriously


  • An increasing number of unexplainable sightings are occurring and we need to create an institution that specifically addresses them.
  • Some Republican lawmakers seem to believe a larger conspiracy is at work, and that the Pentagon knows more than it’s letting on.
  • While it’s a good thing Congress is listening, the government's response is currently limited in scope, addressing only the potential military and security threats UFOs may present.

"OK! It’s time to take UFOs seriously": Dillon Guthrie, Los Angeles Times Opinion: “UAPs — better known as UFOs… Take one of the most memorable sightings, caught on infrared camera in 2004. Navy pilots flying from the USS Nimitz spotted a 40-foot white object resembling a Tic Tac mint levitating erratically above the waters off the California coast. As the pilots approached, the Tic Tac — despite lacking wings or any sign of propulsion — rose to meet them midair before speeding instantly away, vanishing. The report did not conclude what the Tic Tac or any other UAPs are, and it could not attribute them to secret technology developed by the US or any adversaries. … UAPs intersect with topics as wide-ranging as aerospace technology, national security and potential health effects on individuals exposed to these craft. No single agency has the multidisciplinary know-how or legal authority to tackle all these questions. … A comprehensive strategy from Congress is needed.”

“UFOs are real, and they have abducted Elise Stefanik” Dana Milbank, Washington Post Opinion: “After the hearing ended, Rep. Tim Burchett (R-Tenn.), in the audience, immediately alleged ‘a coverup’ by the military and said the only thing he learned is that ‘the coverup will continue.’ Speaking to reporters in the hearing room, he denounced the ‘arrogance of the military and the Pentagon and Congress’ for not revealing more about UFOs. … Burchett is one of those UFO believers… “I believe there’s something else out there — I really do,” he went on, adding: ‘I’m not an abductee. I know you’re going to make me into some tinfoil-hat-wearing redneck.’ Never! The congressman said he’s convinced UAPs are not Russian or Chinese craft. “It’s got to be something from out of this world,” he asserted. ;There’s something in our airspace we don’t understand, that can do a 90-degree — I mean literally it would turn a human into a ketchup package.’”

One more opinion piece from the Left: Congress is finally paying attention to UFOs. But it’s still missing the point. Rizwan Virk, NBC News Opinion

RIGHT-LEANING SENTIMENT

We Need Answers


  • The deputy director of naval intelligence, Scott Bray, didn't reveal anything about the 1967 Malmstrom Air Force Base incident.
  • The Pentagon has clearly been trying to keep these details out of the public eye, but it’s time they're brought to light.
  • American excitement over the matter has some international journalists believing in the possible existence of UFOs and aliens.

“UFO hearings reveal a disturbing discrepancy” Robert Arvay, American Thinker: “Surely, the deputy director of naval intelligence is not a mere bureaucrat. He does not need to receive an official report in triplicate on the appropriate DoD form before becoming curious enough to at least ask one of his staff members about such things. Had he simply said something like, yes, I've heard about such incidents, we're overwhelmed by reports, and at this moment I don't have specifics…then the matter would not have caused me such concern.  He did not. What is of concern is that there seems to be no structure in the investigation to compile all the relevant data that are available. Yes, priority must be given to the most recent events….the most reliable and most credible reports.  But surely, if there is any factual basis that has been overlooked all these years, in the reports, then the Malmstrom incident would possibly be among the prominent ones. There would be a file on it somewhere.

“UFOs go to Congress: Five questions that need answering” Tom Rogan, Washington Examiner: “For just one example as to why public awareness of this topic is important, the Washington Examiner has seen compelling evidence that the Space Force is undertaking quiet work in support of the government's UFO research. That doesn't mean UFOs are aliens. But something very significant is going on. This hearing is a blow to the Pentagon bureaucracy, which had hoped to keep the UFO issue out of the public gaze. …Congress has become increasingly agitated by the Pentagon's failure to undertake a more comprehensive approach to the UFO issue. Described inside the government as "Unidentified Aerial Phenomena (UAPs)," UFOs have seen greater public attention in recent years following the release of videos recorded by Navy aircraft showing these objects. … But what's motivating Congress to take public action is its access to a larger portfolio of imagery, data, and military witness testimony that has yet to be released to the public.”

One more opinion piece from the Right: Alien life is out there Sean Thomas, Unherd Opinion

FLAG THIS

Large Numbers Appear to Believe UFOs and Aliens Exist


A Gallup Poll conducted in June 2019 found 56% of respondents said UFOs were real, while 39% said they were imaginary. Just 5% had no opinion.

When a Quinnipiac University poll from last month posed the question differently, 42% said UFO sightings were “man-made aircraft of unknown origin” while 35% said they were “aircraft from another world.”

A separate poll conducted last summer by the Pew Research Center found 51% of Americans believe UFOs are likely a sign of intelligent alien life. To that end, 65% of Americans believe there is intelligent life outside of Earth.

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