Congress is set to hold its first public hearing on Unidentified Flying Objects (UFOs) in half a century.
These mysteries don’t just belong in the X-Files or science fiction; they’re becoming more and more common.
People want to know what they are and what the military and government know about them. What can we expect to learn from this hearing and how illuminating will it be?
What’s the Focus of the UFO Hearing?
The hearing will focus on possible security risks and feature testimonies from two individuals who work at the Pentagon.
One of them is Ronald Moultrie, who works in the office of the Director of National Intelligence; the other official to testify will be Deputy Director of Naval Intelligence, Scott Bray.
The hearing is scheduled for next week and will start on May 17. The first public hearing will be held in front of a House Intelligence subcommittee and will be chaired by Congressman Adam Schiff of California.
There’s sure to be quite a sizeable crowd on hand, since public interest in UFOs is very intense.
It’s actually very unusual for an event like this to happen. It will be the first time an open hearing on the UFO phenomenon has been held in Congress in more than five decades.
Since the early 1970s, the US government has not held a public hearing on UFOs.
The action comes after the release of a report by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) in June 2021, in which more than 144 cases of UFOs were concluded as unknown in origin.
In the same report, the team stated the lack of data made the cases inconclusive, but there is confirmation that the incidents do not involve secret American technology.
It shows UFOs are actually physical objects, nullifying the possibility of equipment failure or lights as a result of visual anomalies in equipment as so on.
The Space Force is undertaking quiet work in support of the government's UFO research. https://t.co/68i6IgMlUH
— Tom Rogan (@TomRtweets) May 10, 2022
Getting to the Bottom of the UFO Phenomenon
More than 50% of the reported incidents were identified by equipment, such as radar and infrared, among others. Some events pointed to unusual patterns of flight and movements.
Some objects had incredible speeds and irregular maneuvers, while others were able to stay still for a long time in the midst of great winds.
André Carson, a Democratic member of the Indiana House of Representatives, chairs the US subcommittee.
He said because it is a matter of high public interest, keeping the documents confidential does not help to protect the country’s airspace.
Carson also said this hearing could be something that will unite Democrats and Republicans, even for a short time.
Congress hasn't held a public hearing on unidentified aerial phenomena (UFO's) in over 50 years. That will change next week when I lead a hearing in @HouseIntel on this topic & the national security risk it poses. Americans need to know more about these unexplained occurrences.
— André Carson (@RepAndreCarson) May 10, 2022
The Bottom Line
This hearing is about examining the steps the Pentagon can take to reduce the stigma surrounding reports of UFOs by military pilots and civilian pilots.
Ufologists, lovers of the unknown, experts in the field, and the generally curious eagerly await what is to come in the coming weeks.