US Intelligence agencies have 180 days to reveal what they know about UFOs to Congress after a clause was slipped into the $2.3 trillion coronavirus relief bill signed into law by President Donald Trump in December.
Both the director of National Intelligence and the secretary of defence are now under pressure to provide the congressional intelligence and armed services committees with an unclassified report about ‘unidentified aerial phenomena.’
And they have just under six months to do so, after a stipulation in the ‘committee comment’ section of the Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021 was included in the huge bill, according to CNN.
The Senate intelligence committee’s directive said that the report should be unclassified, but it can contain a classified annex. Therefore, it is unlikely to reveal the discovery of extra-terrestrial life reaching earth.
It does, however, state that the report must contain detailed analysis of UFO data and intelligence collected by the Office of Naval Intelligence, the Unidentified Aerial Phenomena Task Force and the FBI.
The Pentagon released three videos of UFOs taken by Navy pilots last year, and later announced they were opening a task force to investigate the sightings. Now, Intelligence agencies have 180 days to reveal what they know about UFOs to Congress after a clause was slipped into the $2.3 trillion coronavirus relief bill
Detail of ‘An interagency process for ensuring timely data collection and centralized analysis of all unidentified aerial phenomena reporting for the Federal Government’ must be included, and it should designate an official responsible for that process.
A spokesperson for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence confirmed the requirement for the report to the fact-checking website Snopes.
In April last year, the Pentagon released three short videos – one from 2004 and two from 2015 – that showed ‘unidentified aerial phenomena’, which had earlier been confirmed to be real by the US Navy.
The videos, recorded by infrared cameras, showed what appeared to be unidentified flying objects quickly moving across the sky.
In the background of two of the videos, service members can be heard reacting as they watch the objects, with one speculating it could be a drone.
In August, the Pentagon announced that it was setting up a task force to investigate the objects, but it is still unclear what the objects are or where they came from.
Navy pilots said they believe they spotted a UFO just off the coast in Jacksonville (pictured)
A stipulation in the ‘committee comment’ section of the Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021 – signed by President Trump – gives intelligence agencies 180 days
Both Pentagon officials and members of Congress have been concerned about the appearance of unidentified objects flying over US military bases, with some suggesting the objects in the video could be drones collecting intelligence.
In June last year, the Senate Intelligence Committee voted to have the Pentagon and intelligence community provide public analysis of such encounters.
This is not the first time the Pentagon has investigated aerial encounters with UFOs, having previously studied recordings of such incidents as part of a classified program launched by former Senator Harry Reid, that has since been shut down.
That program was launched in 2007 and closed in 2012, the Pentagon says, after it decided there were higher priority areas that required funding.
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