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The Pentagon Has A Shocking Update On The UFO Sightings

Salva Mubarak
Senior Features Writer

If you, like me, have been endlessly wondering why nobody is talking about the hundreds of mysterious UFO sightings that have been reported for the last few months, there’s some news for you and it’s a good news-bad news kind of situation.

ICYMI, hundreds of sightings of mysterious ‘round or spherical’ objects that were silver, white, or translucent and metallic in nature, were spotted either stationary or travelling at twice the speed of sound. With no explanation forthcoming from the authorities, people gave in to creating conspiracy theories and wild speculations about the strange phenomena.

The Pentagon’s UFO office, yes that actually exists, has now given an official update on its findings to the US Congress. It has settled some of the mystery surrounding the strange phenomenon but not all.

Dr. Sean M. Kirkpatrick, the director of the All-Domain Anomaly Resolution Office (AARO) at the Pentagon, gave a testimony in front of the US Congress and stated that his office had been reviewing the more than 650 incidents of Unidentified Anomalous Phenomena (UAP, a fancier word for UFOs) and, so far, none exhibited anything that has evidence of extraterrestrial activities or anything that defied the known laws of physics.

“I want to underscore today that only a very small percentage of UAP reports display signatures that could reasonably be described as ‘anomalous’,” said Kirkpatrick. He went on to tell the Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities, “The majority of unidentified objects reported to AARO demonstrate mundane characteristics of balloons, unmanned aerial systems, clutter, natural phenomena, or other readily explainable sources.”

He did admit that there are some incidents that are still being investigated, like the one that occurred in the Middle East on 12 July 2022, where a ball-shaped object flew over what appeared to be a military base and was captured on aerial footage by a drone. The object is still under investigation and remains unidentified.

Kirkpatrick also noted that the 650 incidents reported by military personnel are already an increase from the 510 noted in a report submitted in January of this year.

All these incidents have occurred between 15,000 to 25,000 feet in altitude, which is controlled airspace for military aircraft, and have therefore been recorded by military personnel.

According to Kirkpatrick and the other AARO experts, these unidentified sightings are of technology created by US adversaries and are not, in fact, aliens making contact with us. The AARO director claimed that the lack of data is what’s not letting them arrive at a conclusive answer to the situation.

“Without sufficient data, we are unable to reach defendable conclusions that meet the high scientific standards we set for resolution, and I will not close a case that we cannot defend the conclusions of.”

UFO enthusiasts have accused Kirkpatrick and AARO of downplaying the significance of the phenomenon but the scientists who have been studying the UAPs applauded the organisation’s initiative to release the first public report on the sightings and the data backed by scientific facts.

What do you think are the UFOs: aliens or military objects?