Washington- Congress will hold its first public hearing on unidentified flying objects (UFOs) in more than half a century on Tuesday.
Pentagon officials are expected to testify before a House Intelligence Committee subcommittee at 9 a.m. about how the Department of Defense is organizing reports of unidentified aerial phenomena (UAP) — the military’s term for UFOs — after a congressional-mandatedfound that most of the analyzed incidents remain unidentified.
The report released by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) and the Pentagon’s UAP Task Force found no evidence to suggest the objects are alien or foreign adversary — but the report also failed to explain most of the objects. .
Researchers were able to identify one of 144 reports analyzed in their search for unidentified objects as a large, deflating balloon. But UAP’s other 143 reports from 2004 to 2021 remain a mystery.
There is little doubt that the unidentified objects are real objects, whatever they may be, as at least 80 of the 144 incidents were detected by multiple sensors, the report found.
The report’s finding that demonstrates the need for further research is the one that states, “UAP clearly poses a flight security problem and could pose a challenge to US national security.”
Rep. Andre Carson, an Indiana Democrat and chairman of the House Intelligence Subcommittee on Counterintelligence, Counterterrorism, and Counterproliferation, will lead the hearing Tuesday. He told reporters on Friday that “people are ready for the talk”.
Tuesday’s hearing has a public hearing, followed by a closed secret hearing.
“We want to see footage that we can’t find on open source material like YouTube,” Carson told reporters on Capitol Hill on Friday. “We want to see the images and have it explained to us, and that’s what we’re going to achieve.”
The Pentagon has confirmed the authenticity of several videos and images of objects under investigation by the UAP Task Force in recent years. Last year,three images posted by MysteryWire and a video posted by a UFO filmmaker were taken by Navy personnel.
In 2020, the Pentagon released three videos — FLIR, GOFAST and GIMBAL — showing encounters military airmen had with unidentified objects. The fighter pilots who witnessed the object in the 2004 FLIR video spoke to “60 Minutes” about their experience last year.
In November 2021, the Pentagon established the Airborne Object Identification and Management Synchronization Group (AOIMSG) as the successor to the Navy’s UAP Task Force, with the intent to better coordinate incident reporting and investigation.
Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence and Security Ronald Moultrie, whose office houses the AOIMSG, and Deputy Director of Naval Intelligence Scott Bray will testify on Tuesday.
“I know Mr. Moultrie is looking forward to showing members of Congress how we are going to organize around this effort,” Pentagon press secretary John Kirby said Monday.
Congress’ last public hearing on UFOs occurred in the 1960s before the dissolution of “Project Blue Book,” a U.S. Air Force program that researched and analyzed reports about UFOs. The project lasted from 1947 to 1969 and was partially disbanded because the objects posed no threat to national security, according to an Air Force fact sheet.