‘Unidentified Aerial Phenomena are a potential national security threat’: Are UFO Hearing officials right?
- The terms UFO (unidentified flying object) and UAP (unexplained aerial phenomena) are interchangeable; however, military and US intelligence officials veer towards UAP.
- On May 18, 2022, two senior US defense intelligence officials, Ronald Moultrie and Scott Bray led the first US congressional hearing on UFOs since the last hearing in 1969 run by the US Air Force program “Project Blue Book.” Rep. Andre Carson, Chairman of the House Intelligence Subcommittee began the hearing asserting, “[UAPs] are a potential national security threat, and they need to be treated that way.”
- Bray revealed that reports had gone up to 400 incidents from the previous report of 143 incidents on June 25, 2021. He mentioned some of the new sightings include an uptick in drone activity, non-military unmanned aerial systems and Mylar balloons.
- According to a July 2021 News Gallup poll, half of Americans (50%) believe UFOs are natural human activity while 41% think some have been alien spacecraft.
Unidentified Aerial Phenomena, UAP for short, is a term adopted by the US military to classify what is commonly known as UFOs. As UAPs are unidentified, their intentions and origins are inherently unknown. It is this unidentifiable nature that is the primary concern. Furthermore, the presence of unidentified phenomena within the US is 'tantamount to intelligence failure,' as stated by Representative Rick Crawford.
According to the Pentagon, there have been nearly 400 sightings–up from 144 sightings reported just a year ago–of Unidentified Aerial Phenomena reported by military personnel. While these reports are still being investigated, there is clear potential that unknown parties may have violated the airspace of the United States. The airspace of every nation is considered to be sovereign, which is to say that each country determines who can enter and utilize the airspace. While the violation of a nation's airspace may be purely accidental, such offenses could escalate to an act of war depending on the perceived intention of the violating aircraft.
A country may also further restrict air traffic over areas deemed necessary. In the United States, there are airspaces designated as prohibited, generally for security, with each carrying specifications on which aircraft can operate within these zones. While any violation of US airspace is an infringement on national security, violation of banned airspaces, as has occurred with UAPs, is considerably more egregious.
In short, Unidentified Aerial Phenomena are a potential national security threat due to repeated UAP sightings within US airspace, including prohibited airspace, and to the military's inability to effectively identify the origin and intention of these UAPs.
Over the past 70 years, there have been many sightings of UFOs or UAPs. However, there is no solid proof that such things exist. Although the subject has been dead for about 50 years, UFO mania is back and alive again. Instead of worrying about rising gas prices, high-interest rates, severe inflation, and other domestic issues, Congress has set up a committee to determine if UAPs are a threat to national security. The US government has commissioned such programs in the past, but their conclusions have proven inconclusive. Pentagon officials, including the Air Force, have consistently reiterated that they have no idea what UAPs are, nor do they have any concrete evidence of their existence. Roughly 15,000 to 17,000 planes are flying around the globe at any time of the day. In addition, thousands of people gaze into the sky every single hour with their telescopes looking at the cosmos. There are close to 5,000 satellites, yet not one photograph exists of the UAPs or UFOS. Millions of passengers have been carrying digital cameras for over two decades. Despite countless trips in the sky, no one can reproduce a picture of a UAP or a UFO.
Some believe that the UAPs are more likely to be drones or advanced aircraft built by the Russians, Chinese, or Americans. UAPs have also been confused with weather balloons, meteorites, missile tests, bizarre cloud formations, lighting, and the planet Venus. Congress should take a break and focus on things that matter, not unverifiable and questionable ‘threats.’