NASA are investigating UFOs as a bombshell US intelligence report is set to not rule out aliens, administrator Bill Nelson said.
Space chief Nelson admitted the agency is probing the phenomena after a string of strange encounters between unusual objects and the US military pilots.
US intelligence officials have been ordered to compile a dossier on UFOs for Congress after a flurry of videos filmed by US Navy and Air Force personnel were leaked – and the report is due for release this month.
The dossier reportedly will say the Pentagon cannot explain some 120 sightings made by US Navy personnel over the past two decades – but it will conclude they are not known tech.
Senior officials briefed on the findings said that because the report is inconclusive, the government could not definitively rule out the alien spacecraft theories.
UFOs – now more commonly referred to in scientific and intelligence circles as Unidentified Aerial Phenomena (UAP) – have stepped from being fringe conspiracy theories to a genuine security concern.
NASA chief Nelson’s comments just further cement how seriously the UFO issue is being taken throughout all levels of the US administration.
He told CNN: “I have talked to these navy pilots and they are sure they saw something real, and of course we have seen the videos from their jets.”
The Florida Democrat added: “What is it? We don’t know. Now I am hear at NASA I have turned to our scientists and said would you – looking at from a scientific standpoint – see if you can determine so we can have a better idea.
“We don’t know if its extraterrestrial, we don’t if its an enemy, we don’t know if its an optical phenomenon – but we don’t think so because of the characteristics those navy jet pilots described as they saw it move around.
“The bottom line is – we want to know, and that’s what we are trying to do.”
Numerous leaked videos have emerged showing strange encounters between US warplanes and warships – with the most recent showing USS Omaha being swarmed by up to 14 UFOs.
US officials have started taking the unprecedented step of confirming the authenticity of the footage as calls grow in the US for widespread disclosure to figure out what – if anything – the world’s governments are hiding on UFOs.
What is going on with UFOs in the US?
UFOS have stepped from fringe conspiracy theories to a genuine national security debate in the US.
Pentagon officials last year took the unprecedented step to release of trio of remarkable videos which showed US encounters with UFOs.
The debate is still open as to what the phenomena caught on film were – but it made clear to everyone, something is in the skies.
Perhaps the most striking was a video known as the “Tic Tac” – which showed an unidentified object being pursued by fighter planes.
The US also confirmed the existence of the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program (AATIP) – a Pentagon programme set up to study UFOs before being disbanded in 2017.
However, it was replaced by the UAP Task Force in June 2020 after a vote by the US Senate Intelligence Committee.
Defence chiefs have since confirmed a number of leaked UFO videos and photos which were submitted to the Task Force for investigation.
Why this sudden rush for transparency?
No outside the secretive wings of the US government currently knows for sure.
And as a tacked on addendum to a 5,500 page Covid relief bill passed in December, the the Director of National Intelligence’s office was ordered to compile a report on UFOs within 180 days.
Former intelligence director John Ratcliffe has hinted the report will be a big deal – and we now just over a month away from its release.
The five month deadline elapses on in June, with some UFO lobbyists claiming it could be the “most profound moment in human history“.
Competing theories on the strange videos continue to rage – with some grounded on Earth claiming the videos capture never-before-seen military aircraft or drones, while others claim it shows otherworldly craft possibly piloted by aliens.
Others however are more skeptical and sometimes even dismissive, claiming the bizarre videos may just be camera tricks, natural phenomena or even outright hoaxes.
Nelson revealed he was briefed on the UFO issue two years ago while serving on the Senate armed services committee.
He added that NASA will be looking at phenomena through the “lens of scientists” and confirmed they are not working with the Pentagon on the upcoming report by the UAP Task Force.
Meanwhile, Dr David Clarke, the curator for the National Archives of UFO projects in the UK, claimed the current boom in interest in UFOs could be used to cover up hypersonic weapons created by the US, Russia and China.
He told The Daily Star: “If you are military intelligence, what better way of covering up this secret war that’s been going on – the new Cold War – which is effectively what it is, than have everyone going on the false trace looking for aliens?
“Because no one asks real questions, no one takes it seriously.”
US intelligence services officially closed the book on the phenomena in 1969 at the conclusion Project Blue Book – which stated there was nothing to see regarding UFOs.
However, in the last three years there has been an abrupt turnaround as the Pentagon took the unprecedented step of releasing three stunning UFO videos filmed by the US Navy.
Perhaps one of the most extraordinary interventions came from former US President Barack Obama who sensationally addressed the topic on CBS.
He said: “What is true, and I’m actually being serious here, is that there’s footage and records of objects in the skies, that we don’t know exactly what they are, we can’t explain how they moved, their trajectory
“They did not have an easily explainable pattern. And so, you know I think that people still take seriously trying to investigate and figure out what that is.
“But I have nothing to report to you today.”
His comments have only fueled the new desire for openness on the topic of UFOs, with one expert telling The Sun Online he believes “powerful forces” are at work behind the scenes.
And meanwhile, a UFO expert suggested the craft may not be coming from space – but rather from beneath the sea.