There’s a lot going on in the world. Maybe you’ve heard. From a war in Ukraine to unrest in the West Bank to rising economic inequalities right here in the United States, the world is going through some trying times. Which is perhaps why Congress is taking this opportunity to focus on what’s happening off world.
Yes, Congress is preparing to hold open hearings on unidentified flying objects. “Congress hasn’t held a public hearing on unidentified aerial phenomena (UFO’s) in over 50 years,” tweeted Andre Carson, a Democrat from Indiana. “That will change next week when I lead a hearing in @HouseIntel on this topic & the national security risk it poses. Americans need to know more about these unexplained occurrences.”
Since a bombshell New York Times article in 2017 that exposed the existence of the Pentagon’s Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program, the government has disclosed more and more about what it knows and what it doesn’t about UFOs. As it turns out, there’s quite a lot of documentation of aircraft that can’t be explained. In September, the Pentagon released three videos of naval aviators encountering something that flew with unknown technology.
Between 2004 and 2021, the Pentagon clocked 143 credible reports they couldn’t explain. If you didn’t hear about that, well, that’s because there’s been a lot going on the last few years — so much so that the U.S. Government copping to UFOs felt a little underwhelming. (They call them Unidentified Aerial Phenomena, or UAPs). Less underwhelming was a classified version of the report leaked by a government transparency organization called The Black Vault. The redacted version contained some far more interesting details, including two separate “incidents” that both Naval officers and pilots observed and recordings of the most common “shapes” witnessed.
Will the open hearings provide more answers? That probably depends on how much you trust the Pentagon. Two current Pentagon officials will be testifying. We’ll see how forthcoming they feel like being on May 17.