UFO encounters 'appear as an act of war' says expert
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The Pentagon is expected to reveal any day now what the US Department of Defense (DoD) knows about UFOs – or in military jargon, unidentified aerial phenomena (UAPs). Compiled by the Unidentified Aerial Phenomena Task Force, the report will present unclassified material relating to a string of recent, high-profile UFO videos leaked to the internet. Although some pundits expect the report to gloss over the juiciest information – out of national security reasons – many are hoping it will vindicate more than 50 years of UFO research.
America’s interest in UFO phenomena is now at an all-time high but it remains to be seen whether the Pentagon report satisfies some of the wildest expectations.
And while reports of little green men and mysterious crafts swarming US Navy ships have dominated the headlines, a former investigator with the British Ministry of Defence (MoD) has told Express.co.uk there is another side to the story.
Nick Pope, who investigated UFO phenomena for the British Government in the 1990s, believes the Pentagon report has exposed a split of camps within the upper ranks of the US military and intelligence agencies.
The split may be along the lines of how the narrative is being spun: are we being visited by extraterrestrial aliens or is it a matter of foreign intelligence services spying on the US?
Mr Pope said: “My best estimate is that the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) will adopt a similar strategy to the Department of Defense’s approach to the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program (AATIP), and will try to spin this as being about next-generation aerospace and weapon threats, mainly from aircraft, missiles and drones.
“In particular, I predict a strong focus on the dangers posed by drones, drone swarms, and AI-controlled drone swarms.
“That said, my understanding is that there are different views in the US military and the intelligence community on the true nature of the phenomenon, and factions struggling for control of the narrative.”
Mr Pope, who has been called the British Fox Mulder, has been closely following the situation for months now.
UFO: Nick Pope discusses footage and 'leaks'
When former president Donald Trump signed a £1.62trillion ($2.3trillion) Covid relief bill on December 27 last year, a 180-day countdown was started for the US’s intelligence agencies to tell Congress what they know about UFOs.
The stipulation was included in a section of the bill regarding the Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021.
Since then, Mr Pope has heard of rumours of people within the Pentagon who have seriously considered an extraterrestrial origin of the reported UAPs.
He said: “The multiple, ongoing leaks are one clue as to this infighting, but another clue is the fact that the DOD recently called in their own Inspector General to review the department’s handling of UAP matters.
“This almost certainly reflects the fact that there are strong disagreements over all this.”
Earlier last month, the DoD’s Office of Inspector General announced an “evaluation” to determine what steps the DoD has taken in regards to UAPs.
According to a redacted letter penned on May 3, the evaluation involved the Offices of the Secretary of Defense, Defense Agencies and Military Criminal Investigative Organizations, among others.
So what happens next? According to Mr Pope, the Pentagon has until June 25 to present the UFO report to the Senate Intelligence Committee.
However, he expects there to be a delay, with it arriving later rather sooner than intended.
He said: “I’d rather a delay than a rushed report, as we need a thorough assessment of the various US Navy UFO encounters, and of the phenomenon more generally.
“This will inevitably take time, given the challenges of extracting information from the notoriously fragmented US intelligence community, in a situation where information is likely to be highly classified and compartmentalized.”
There is also no guarantee the report will shed any new light on the UFO phenomenon beyond what has already been leaked to the internet.
Mr Pope added: “Because the unclassified report can – and inevitably will – have a classified annexe, I’m sad to say that the media and the public may not learn any profound new truths about UFOs, whatever the US intelligence community privately concludes about the situation.
“There’s a lot of confusion and uncertainty about the upcoming report.”
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