So far, it seems like 2021 UFO news coverage has outpaced all previous years combined, at least since the 1950s.
Nearly two years ago, when I launched UFOdays.net, I told you “It’s happening.” At that point, back in the summer of 2019, the national UFO story was just beginning to shake loose. If you were watching closely, you could see the dam beginning to crack. I wanted to call attention to the developments and the progress the government was making toward disclosure.
Since December of 2020, the UFO story has been in the news every week if not every day. Ironically, I haven’t made a single post in 2021. Why? I’m not sure. Maybe I lost interest when UFOs went from being an obscure and unpublicized phenomenon to a regular mainstream media feature. Maybe the story has been developing too fast for me to keep up. Or maybe the men in black got to me.
Whatever the truth might be, here’s a rundown on the last four months of developments.
Last December, the Senate Intelligence Committee’s bill demanding that our government agencies compile a full report on what we know about the phenomenon passed into law, tucked inside a Covid-relief stimulus bill. That event set the clock ticking. The Pentagon and our intelligence agencies have until June to disclose what they know.
Since then, there’s been a flurry of activity. In January, the CIA released all their declassified UFO documents, and they are available online for anyone to peruse. Here’s a link to the CIA motherload. I have not yet taken the time to start combing through the collection, but if you find something interesting, let us know.
An online news source called The Debrief (thedebrief.org), the same media source to first publicize the leaked photos from senate briefings on UFOs , has pretty much taken over the legitimate UFO beat. The stories in their UAP Department are always current with the latest analysis on the situation. They hold to the standards of professional journalism, and their material is consistently reliable. This is a major development because, until now, regular and robust UFO coverage has been relegated mostly to amateurs and enthusiasts without the credibility or professionalism. Visit thedebrief.org to read the latest.
You may remember that, last December, former CIA Director John Brennan who served as the director of the agency from 2013-2017 went on the record admitting that the flying objects our military is seeing might not be conventional craft from this planet.
In March, speaking along the same lines, former Director of National Intelligence, John Ratcliffe, told Fox News that the government is aware of a lot more sightings than have so far been made public. The Debrief published a follow-up analysis. Ratcliffe indicated that many of the sightings have “been seen by Navy or Air Force pilots, or picked up by satellite imagery” and are “difficult to explain.” How so? Movements that would be difficult for conventional craft to replicate, that exceed the boundaries of current technology, or that break the sound barrier without leaving a sonic boom.
In March, Florida Senator and Vice-Chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee Marco Rubio told FOX News, “We have things flying over military installations, over military exercises, and other places, and we don’t know what it is. It isn’t ours. It isn’t anything that’s registered to the FAA, and in many cases exhibits attributes of things we’ve never seen.” We may assume that he refers to impossible accelerations and maneuvers, lack of visible propulsion, lack of wings and rotors, and so forth. But the truth is, that’s not something “we’ve never seen.” We’ve been seeing it since 1947. We just haven’t been willing to admit it or to deal honestly with the problem. The Debrief published Rubio’s remarks to FOX with analysis and further coverage.
The biggest story of March came through The War Zone with their scoop about Navy ships harassed by “mysterious drones” off the coast of California for several nights in the summer 2019. The so-called drones remain unidentified despite thorough government investigations and follow-up. This incident occurred only months after the Navy changed their policy and started requiring their personel to write up reports of such encounters, and only a few months before the beginning of the still-unexplained Colorado Drone Swarm mystery.
Not everyone is convinced that the craft encountered by Navy ships and pilots and that are buzzing our military installations are non-conventional. War Zone did a compelling follow-up piece in which they argue that the so-called UFOs (UAP) and mystery drones we’ve been encountering are actually foreign technology—drones and balloons—monitoring military telemetry and spying on our strategic assets.
Could be. Sounds plausible. But I doubt it. The thoroughly-researched and well-reasoned article neglects the historical context—namely that this is not a new phenomenon but, rather, it seems consistent with the same phenomena that has been harassing our military and flying over our restricted military airspace since 1947. The only reason it’s receiving so much attention now is because the taboo against admitting the existence of the problem has been broken, thanks to the New York Times and the disclosures of former Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program (ATTIP) director Luis Elizondo.
Another big story of 2021 broke when documentary film-maker and UFO buff Jeremy Corbell released more photos and video leaked from government sources. The photos depict unidentified objects in flight near Navy ships, and in one case, an object that disappeared into the water near the USS Omaha. Among the most compelling images is a short smartphone video shot through a night vision lens that seems to depict triangular craft maneuvering overhead. The video was supposedly shot by a Navy sailor from the deck of the USS Russel in the summer of 2019.
The video seems to have leaked from government briefings conducted by the UAP task force. The Pentagon confirmed the photos and footage are legitimate, but it’s not clear if any of them can be construed as evidence of anything non-conventional.
Since then, every major media network has released a follow-up story on the developments, such as this NBC Nightly News segment. Notice that the television news coverage no longer comes with the previously obligatory smirks and winks and X-Files music that news crews once felt necessary to add in order to protect their own credibility while their reporting on the phenomenon.
Those are just a few of the highlights so far in 2021. Still to come is the report to Senate Intelligence Committee which is supposed to be, at least in part, made public. Both Senator Rubio and Luis Elizondo have expressed a lot of skepticism about whether or not the report will meet the deadline. A major article in Politico titled “Military and spy agencies accused of stiff-arming investigators on UFO sightings” warns that compiling “information from agencies that in some cases have shown reluctance, if not outright resistance, to sharing classified information” is not likely going to happen, and that a great deal of the information may be tied up in national security exemptions and secret clearances.
Oh well. With or without a public disclosure in June, it’s still happening.
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