The Pentagon Releases Report on UFO Sightings


The Pentagon Releases Report on UFO Sightings

A peak in UFO sightings in the 1960s may have been caused by secret tests of advanced US spy planes and space technology, according to a Pentagon report presented to Congress. The report states that there is “no evidence” to suggest that the US government has interacted with aliens. Most sightings of UFOs, or “unidentified anomalous phenomena” (UAPs), were actually determined to be ordinary objects, the report’s authors write, although they acknowledge that this may not dispel popular beliefs about extraterrestrials.

The document, published by the Pentagon’s All-domain Anomaly Solution Office (AARO), notes that public opinion on UFOs has likely been influenced by pop culture. The report suggests that the prevalence of television programs, books, films, and online content related to UAPs has contributed to the public conversation on this topic and reinforced beliefs in some segments of the population. One common narrative is that the government has recovered spacecraft and alien remains and has kept its alien research activities concealed.

Pentagon spokesman Pat Ryder stated that officials approached the report with an open mind but ultimately found no evidence to support claims of extraterrestrial visits. According to Ryder, all investigative efforts, regardless of classification level, concluded that the majority of sightings were simply misidentifications of ordinary objects and phenomena. A 2021 Gallup poll revealed that just over 40% of Americans believe that alien spacecraft have visited Earth, showing an increase from 33% two years earlier.

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