The Pentagon asked to examine eight decades of UFO documents

WASHINGTON – The truth is still out there.

While no extraterrestrial sightings by military personnel have been confirmed as extraterrestrial life in the latest government report out this week, Congress is asking the Pentagon to look at its UFO files, which date back to the end of World War II.

The Office of the Director of National Intelligence reviewed 366 newly identified military sightings of “unidentified aerial phenomena” — Pentagon jargon for UFOs. Of these, 26 were classified as drones, 163 as “balloon or balloon-like entities” and six as “airborne clutter”.

ODNI will continue to investigate the 171 “unremarkable” reports that “demonstrated unusual flight characteristics or performance,” most of which were recorded by Navy and Air Force pilots.

The Office of the Director of National Intelligence reviewed 366 newly identified military sightings of "unidentified aerial phenomena"
Congress is asking the Pentagon to look at its UFO files, which date back to the end of World War II.
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“Roswell Before Roswell”

However, more UFO information is awaited after a provision included in the National Defense Authorization Act of 2023, signed by President Biden last month, requires a joint office of the Department of Defense and the ODNI to be tasked with investigating all reports from 1945 begins.

The law requires the agency to prepare “a written report containing the historical records of the United States government regarding” UFOs dating back to January 1, 1945, according to the law. The deadline for submitting the report to Congress is June 2024.

The start date is important. In August 1945, a large, avocado-shaped object reportedly struck a communications tower at the site of the New Mexico desert known as Trinity Site, where the US had detonated the world’s first atomic bomb the previous month.

The strange incident known as “Roswell before Roswell” happened two years before a top-secret military balloon crashed in the desert near the city of New Mexico, sparking decades of speculation about what the military might know about extraterrestrial life.

Renewed interest in the 1945 incident was sparked following the publication in 2021 of a book by Jacques Vallée, a former contractor to the government’s UFO Bureau, and Paola Harris, an Italian UFO journalist.

In Trinity: the Best-Kept Secret, the two narrate the event through the testimonies of three witnesses: a B-52 bomber pilot and two young sons of a farmer who owned the land where the crash is said to have occurred.

The pilot, Lt. Col. William Brothy reportedly saw the communications tower being bent by a large force while a large “egg-shaped” object lay nearby, according to the book. The children, identified as Jose Padilla, 9, and Reme Baca, 7, claimed to have seen strange creatures inside the property.

Of the documents searched, 26 were found to be drones, 163 to be “balloons or balloon-like entities” and six to be “airborne disorder”.
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Secret programs, cover-ups and more

The report, due next year, will also include “a compilation and listing of the key historical records of the intelligence community’s involvement in unidentified anomalous phenomena,” such as tracking UFOs.

The report is also required by law to identify historical attempts at UFO cover-ups, including any attempts “to obfuscate, manipulate, conceal, or otherwise provide false information to public opinion.”

In doing so, the office will examine intelligence community records and documents, oral history interviews, open-source analysis, interviews with current and former government officials, and “classified and unclassified national archives,” including those obtained from third parties.

This led to decades of speculation about what the military might know about extraterrestrial life.
Known as “Roswell before Roswell,” the strange incident happened two years before a top-secret military balloon crashed in the desert near the city of New Mexico.
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Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-Wis.) introduced the amendment to the NDAA, which establishes the Department of Defense’s policy and spending priorities for each fiscal year. He chairs the newly established House of Representatives Committee on China and is a member of the Armed Serves Committee and has worked to find the truth behind UFOs.

During a May House Intelligence Committee hearing, Gallagher asked Defense Undersecretary for Intelligence and Security Ronald Moultrie if there had been other Pentagon initiatives to study UFOs prior to the advent of Project Blue Book, which ran from 1952 to 1969.

“I cannot speak to what may predate Project Blue Book. I mean, of course there’s Roswell and all these other things that people have been talking about over the years,” Moultrie replied. “I’m aware of Blue Book… I haven’t seen any other documented studies done by the DOD on this.”

The report comes in addition to the already established requirement for the ODNI to submit annual reports to Congress on new military sightings each year.

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