The US Congress will make public a secret hearing on UFOs for the first time in 50 years. It wants to open the public and scientific debate in the face of the increase in its potential threat
May 7, 2022. That will be the date on which, for the first time in 50 years, the United States Congress opens a secret commission on unidentified flying objects to the public. The hearing — which will be held behind closed doors before the subcommittee on Counterterrorism Intelligence, Counterintelligence, and Weapons Counterproliferation of the US House of Representatives — will feature two heavyweights from the US Department of Defense.
It is a new step in a process in which UFOs have gone from being an issue reserved for a minority group of believers wearing tin foil hats to an important national defense issue for the world’s leading power, both because of technological advances Chinese and by the willingness of the international scientific community, increasingly open to dealing with these phenomena with an open mind within the rigor of the scientific method.
Transparency and national defense
So much so that the Pentagon created a specific agency dedicated to its investigation after a government report published in June last year. Its mission is to collect as much data as possible from all state agencies and other organizations for analysis. The ultimate goal is to really know what or who is responsible for these phenomena.
That report — whose preparation began after the exclusives of the New York Times in which surprising videos taken from combat aircraft were shown and detailed encounters of US Navy aviators with these objects — collected 144 unidentified aerial phenomena (UAP in its acronym). in English). Of them, the experts could only explain one: a deflated trial balloon adrift. None of these objects, says the Pentagon, are classified projects of the US military.
Although the lack of explanation does not mean that the rest of the incidents were alien spacecraft or spy planes of enemy powers, the report greatly concerned US lawmakers. As Congressman Adam Schiff — chairman of the House intelligence committee — has stated in the open commission announcement, “there is still much to learn about unidentified aerial phenomena and the potential risks they can pose to our national security.” “But one thing is for sure: the American people deserve full transparency, and the federal government and the intelligence community have a critical role to play in contextualizing and analyzing UAP reports,” Schiff states. “The purpose of this hearing is to give the public the opportunity to hear directly from subject matter experts and intelligence community leaders about one of the greatest mysteries of our time, and to break the cycle of excessive secrecy and speculation with truth.” and transparency”.
The cientific method
This hearing — in which Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence and Security Ronald S. Moultrie and Deputy Director of Naval Intelligence Scott W. Bray will be questioned — and the new Pentagon agency are not the only ones seeking to clarify these phenomena, both in the Earth as in outer space. As Harvard University astrophysicist Avi Loeb has already told us in the pages of Novaceno, the Galileo Project has a similar mission from the rigor of the scientific method. “Project Galileo avoids the strategic mistake of taking answers for granted in advance, by using telescopes to collect new scientific evidence about anomalous interstellar objects — such as `Oumuamua — or Unidentified Aerial Phenomena (UAPs), such as those mentioned above. in the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) report to the [U.S.] Congress,” Loeb writes.
“The ultimate goal of the Galileo Project is to eliminate the term UAP from our lexicon, clarifying the nature of all the objects we see in the sky,” says the scientist, who is also leading an expedition to search for the remains of the first meteor interstellar ever detected. “The Project is agnostic in its results. If all the anomalous objects are of natural origin, such as birds, meteors and atmospheric phenomena, or if they are of human origin, such as drones, weather balloons, planes or satellites, so be it,” Loeb points out. “No matter what the project finds, it will serve society by lifting the fog of unknowing and allowing the conversation to move forward on the basis of new scientific insights.” We hope that the US government is also as rigorous in its approach and that it collaborates with civilian scientists in the search for the real nature of these objects.