CONGRESS held a landmark hearing on UFOs that left lawmakers grilling spy chiefs — but not every question was answered.
Intelligence officials repeatedly said they had to wait for the classified portion of the briefing or sometimes said they could not respond due to lack of data.
Ronald S. Moultrie, Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence and Security, and Scott W. Bray, Deputy Director of Naval Intelligence, answered questions from lawmakers on the highly controversial issue.
Security officials have admitted the US military has reported 400 unexplained sightings – up from the 144 uncovered in the Pentagon report released in June last year.
They also admitted there were 11 near misses involving unidentified objects and US military aircraft – and they showed two UFO videos during the session, including one that had never been seen before.
UFOs are at the center of a reversal in Washington DC, which is tackling what has traditionally been a marginal issue as a national security concern.
It came as the Pentagon made the historic admission last year that there are objects in US airspace and near US military installations that remain unknown.
The intelligence chiefs tried to make clear how difficult it was to identify these objects and declared efforts to improve reporting on UFOs.
And while they didn’t confirm there’s anything obviously alien about the ship, they said they’ll pursue all possible origins.
Bray acknowledged there have been some sightings that US officials “can’t explain” – which only further frustrates those desperate as they get answers about the bizarre phenomena.
“turn off nuclear weapons”
Congressman Mike Gallagher was interviewing intelligence chiefs about the infamous Malmstrom Air Force Base incident in 1967 — in which it was claimed a UFO shut down 10 nuclear missiles.
Captain Robert Salas, along with a number of other nuclear weapons personnel, has testified that the phenomenon has affected America’s nuclear arsenal.
However, when Rep. Gallagher brought this up during the hearing, UAP task force chief Mr. Bray said he “didn’t see the official data.”
“They’re the guys investigating, who else is?” said the congressman, looking visibly frustrated with the response.
Mr. Moultrie then conceded that the Pentagon would “take a look” if they received an official request to investigate the case.
Rep. Gallagher said: “I’ll bring this to your attention, that’s pretty official.”
UFOs and nuclear weapons have long been intertwined, with many sightings occurring near nuclear weapons bases from nuclear-powered warships.
The hearing offered no evidence of this apparent link – and it is unknown if this will be addressed in the classified section of this afternoon’s hearing.
Another long speculated connection is between UFOs and the sea, with some reports claiming objects are rising from or plunging into the world’s oceans.
Some of the most famous UFO footage appears to show an object moving seamlessly between air and sea.
And there have been rumors of US military submarines encountering objects moving at “unprecedented speed” while submerged.
Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi raised the issue during the hearing, but the issue was quickly closed.
He asked if the US had any censors dedicated to detecting such underwater objects.
Moultrie said it would have been discussed in the classified “closed session” – meaning the public may never know what is being said.
Fighter pilot Lieutenant Commander Chad Underwood, who encountered the infamous “tic tac,” has previously claimed his weapon systems appeared to be jammed as he attempted to fix himself.
Radar jammers intentionally emit high-frequency signals that can mislead the receiver.
He said: “As soon as I got the target of interest on my radar, I took a lock and then all the crazy things started happening.
“The unpredictable nature of tic-tac. The airspeed was very revealing to me. Then we started seeing what we call jam strobe lines.”
Commander David Fravor – another witness to the encounter – called this an “act of war”.
He said: “The radar is smart enough that if the signal comes back if it’s been messed up, it’ll let you know – it’ll give you clues that it’s jammed.
“It jams into almost every mode you can see.”
He then added, “If you’re actively blocking another platform, that’s technically an act of war.”
However, Moultrie said the US does not currently know if the UFOs are actively attempting to jam US military equipment.
He explained that the apparent “jamming” could be due to the way the objects are controlled using radio frequencies.
What remains unanswered – and not even mentioned during the hearing – are reports of witness injuries by UFOs.
It has been suggested that some pilots who encountered the mysterious plane suffered radiation burns.
And secret documents released by an earlier UFO investigation program revealed a variety of symptoms.
Pentagon insider Lue Elizondo told Fox News that recently declassified reports showing links between alleged sightings and injuries are likely the result of exposure to “advanced technology.”
He compared potential biological damage to getting close to an airplane’s engine.
He said: “When I’m in the cockpit or … on the plane, there’s no real threat. But if I stand behind the engine while the engine is starting, there is a risk of burning myself and losing my hearing.
“There are medical consequences.”
But since this element of the UFO mystery flew under the hearing’s radar, it’s yet another unanswered question.
Russian and Chinese UFOs
If the US sees a spike in UFO sightings, surely it must follow that other powers – like Russia and China – see the same thing?
This is an important question, especially when considering whether the mysterious phenomena could be hypersonic drones being used by Moscow and Beijing.
But when it was raised at the hearing, it was closed again and saved by Moultrie for the “closed session”.
UFOs are seen by many as a global issue, but for now the US seems to be taking the lead when it comes to speaking openly about it
Some allied nations – like Canada and Japan – have ordered measures to increase coverage of the encounters, but have not gone as far as the US.
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