That’s the disappointing headline for the online version of the new article in the New York Times which purports to spill the beans on the new government report on UFOs, but don’t let it fool you. It’s a deceptive headline. The print version of the June 4 New York Times has a much more accurate and sober-minded headline across the top of the story: “U.S. Concedes It Can’t Identify Flying Objects.” Let’s go with that headline:
Despite the deceptive headline for the online version, this story is the hottest UFO news we’ve seen since the Times broke the 2017 story. Now we know what all the hype and build up has been about. This is a total game-changer, a huge piece in the ongoing piecemeal disclosure, that overturns the findings of the Condon Committee and is certain to embarrass a lot of debunkers.
The article is attributed to Julian E. Barnes “a national security reporter based in Washington, covering the intelligence agencies” and Helene Cooper, a Pentagon correspondent. It’s interesting that Kean and Blumenthal weren’t called upon to contribute, but this is a HOT SCOOP, and the Times likely did not have time to develop the article.
Since this is a momentous occasion and our first peak into the most highly anticipated government document since the Declaration of Independence, let’s do a close up read through of the New York Times article, shall we? For the sake of clarity, the text from the Times will appear below in Blue Bold Italics.
The strange objects witnessed by Navy pilots remain unexplained, but officials briefed on a new study say they are not secret technology from a classified American program.
If nothing else, this lead-in statement dispels a favorite theory for UFO debunkers, namely that the UFO reports we’ve seen since 1947 represent secret US military projects. It also summarizes everything you really need to know from the rest of the story and probably from the report itself. While the report (and the NYT article) will go on to worry about whether or not it might be Russian or Chinese technology that our Navy pilots keep encountering, our DOD knows damn well that our aerospace program is decades ahead of the Russians, the Chinese, and everyone else on planet earth (except perhaps Israel). So if it’s not ours, and it’s not theirs, what is it? Keep reading, and we’ll help you read between the lines.
WASHINGTON — American intelligence officials have found no evidence that aerial phenomena witnessed by Navy pilots in recent years are alien spacecraft, but they still cannot explain the unusual movements that have mystified scientists and the military, according to senior administration officials briefed on the findings of a highly anticipated government report.
Apparently the report has already reached the critical conclusions and is simply going through a final review before being released. The NYT saves itself a little bit of credibility by leading off with the statement that our intelligence officials “have found no evidence” that’s its aliens, but at the same time, it concedes that they have found no evidence it’s not aliens. On the contrary, what they have found is that the phenomenon is inexplicable by conventional standards. It’s “unusual movements” have baffled the experts, leaving them to conclude that they just don’t know what it is. That’s the same thing Project Sign determined back in 1948. In other words, we can’t prove that it’s aliens, but we sure as heck don’t know what it is.
The vast majority of more than 120 incidents over the past two decades did not originate from any American military or other advanced U.S. government technology.New York Times, June 4, 2021
Hold on a second. If we don’t know what it is, and it’s not human, that pretty much rules out everything else except for aliens or paranormal phenomena.
The report determines that the vast majority of more than 120 incidents over the past two decades did not originate from any American military or other advanced U.S. government technology, the officials said. That determination would appear to eliminate the possibility that Navy pilots who reported seeing unexplained aircraft might have encountered programs the government meant to keep secret.
Now we are getting some real information. They looked only at 120 reports collected since 2001. That sounds like a lot, but its a fraction of what they have at their disposal. What happened to all the data on the phenomena collected since 1947? A lot of that data is now public through FOIA. Anyone can read the CIA files and the Air Force’s Project Blue Book online. It’s not rocket science! But the DOD apparently did not bother to look further back than the last two decades. This indicates that the report is not nearly as comprehensive (or as straightforward) as we might have hoped.
Still, it’s pretty cool that they are looking at that many unique incidents. That far eclipses the number of modern incidents anyone has been able to pry loose through FOIA requests.
But that is about the only conclusive finding in the classified intelligence report, the officials said. And while a forthcoming unclassified version, expected to be released to Congress by June 25, will present few other firm conclusions, senior officials briefed on the intelligence conceded that the very ambiguity of the findings meant the government could not definitively rule out theories that the phenomenon observed by military pilots might be alien spacecraft.
That’s the main talking point we are going to see repeated over and over. This is about as close as we are likely to ever get to the holy grail of government disclosure. I’ll take it.
The government could not definitively rule out theories that the phenomenon observed by military pilots might be alien spacecraft.New York Times, June 4, 2021
Americans’ long-running fascination with U.F.O.s has intensified in recent weeks in anticipation of the release of the government report, which is expected to be presented to Congress this month. Former President Barack Obama further stoked the interest when he was asked last month about the incidents on “The Late Late Show with James Corden” on CBS.
“What is true, and I’m actually being serious here,’’ Mr. Obama said, “is that there is footage and records of objects in the skies that we don’t know exactly what they are.’’
Former President Obama’s statement, like that of Newt Gingrich and several other government insiders who have come forth in recent days, was not random banter on a late night talk show as it appeared to be. These former government officials are scrambling to make statements in order to cover their butts because they don’t want to be held accountable for withholding information from the American public.
The report concedes that much about the observed phenomenon remains difficult to explain, including their acceleration, ability to change direction and submerge. One possible explanation — that the phenomena could be weather or other research balloons — does not hold up in all cases, the officials said, because of changes in wind speed at the times of some of the interactions.
The first time we heard the “weather balloon” explanation was January, 1947, in the Operation Charlie encounters over England. Finally, only 74 years later, we find our government conceding that it’s not weather balloons. Weather balloons aren’t known for impossible “acceleration, ability to change direction and submerge.” If you’re interested in the history of the phenomena, here’s an early weather balloon story which should have decisively ruled out that possibility 74 years ago.
The final report will also contain a classified annex, the officials said. While that annex will not contain any evidence concluding that the phenomenon are alien spacecraft, the officials acknowledged that the fact that it would remain off limits to the public was likely to continue to fuel speculation that the government had secret data about alien visitations to Earth.
Yes, that’s true. It’s completely fair for the government to keep classified material classified if it’s protecting state secrets and military technology. But it’s unfortunately only going to perpetuate suspicions of government cover up. In reality, if there is some massive deep-state MJ12-style government coverup (which I find highly dubious), you aren’t going to find any evidence of it referenced in the annex to a report made to the Intelligence Committee.
Many of the more than 120 incidents examined in the report are from Navy personnel, officials said. The report also examined incidents involving foreign militaries over the last two decades.
We learn that the 120 incidents under review in the report come primarily from Navy encounters. This leads me to ask, “Where the hell is the Air Force information?” Is no one paying any attention to the Air Force? You know, the guys responsible for our air space and our nuclear arsenal? The guys charged with figuring this thing out from 1947-1969? Conspicuously absent.
This also seems to imply that the vast majority of the reports exclude civilian encounters and civilian stories. So I’m thinking that the enormous amount of commercial airline encounters with the phenomenon are being politely ignored, not to mention the innumerable reports filed with civilian reporting agencies.
The report concedes that much about the observed phenomenon remains difficult to explain, including their acceleration, ability to change direction and submerge.New York Times, June 4, 2021
On the other hand, I do find it encouraging that some of the incidents under review come from foreign militaries, presumably NATO allies. That implies some international cooperation in figuring out the puzzle.
Intelligence officials believe at least some of the aerial phenomena could be experimental technology from a rival power, most likely Russia or China.
Do they really? I mean, really? Come on.
One senior official briefed on the intelligence said without hesitation that U.S. officials knew it was not American technology. He said there was worry among intelligence and military officials that China or Russia could be experimenting with hypersonic technology.
The anonymous source said there was worry about this, but in reality, we know about China’s and Russia’s hypersonic technology. You can absolutely bet that our intelligence agencies have been tracking that pretty closely, and the idea that their hypersonic tech could be operating in our airspace without our knowledge is absurd. The DOD knows this in its heart of hearts. Any talk of Russia or China is simple obfuscation.
He and other officials spoke on grounds of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly about the classified findings in the report.
But they saw the report and they leaked it. Why? I think it’s obvious that we’ve passed a watershed moment in Washington where the long history of denial is over. Government officials can tell which way the wind is blowing. We are heading for disclosure, and nobody is going to want to be the last rat on a sinking ship. The days of denial and ridicule are over.
Russia has been investing heavily in hypersonics, believing the technology offers the ability to evade American missile-defense technology. China has also developed hypersonic weaponry, and included it in military parades. If the phenomenon were Chinese or Russian aircraft, officials said it would suggest the two powers’ hypersonic research has far outpaced American military development.
That’s irrelevant information, and DOD knows it. This has nothing to do with adversarial technology. But if it helps keep our government and materialist-based pedestrian society grounded and focused on the issue, call it Russian and Chinese.
One of them like a spinning top moving against the wind … no visible engine or infrared exhaust plumes … hypersonic speeds.New York Times, June 4, 2021
Navy pilots were often unsettled by the sightings. In one encounter, strange objects — one of them like a spinning top moving against the wind — appeared almost daily from the summer of 2014 to March 2015, high in the skies over the East Coast. Navy pilots reported to their superiors that the objects had no visible engine or infrared exhaust plumes, but that they could reach 30,000 feet and hypersonic speeds.
This is actually new information. We’ve known about these Navy pilot encounters, but only a few sketchy details. These descriptions are new. This is the real stuff. Elizondo refers to these type of features as the “observables,” lack of visible propulsion, lack of visible flying surfaces such as wings, rapid accelerations, impossible maneuvers, etc. But here’s the frustrating thing. None of this is new information. It’s not as if this stuff just showed up in the last twenty years. There’s solid evidence and witness testimony going back to 1947.
Lt. Ryan Graves, an F/A-18 Super Hornet pilot who was with the Navy for 10 years, told The New York Times in an interview that “these things would be out there all day.” With the speeds he and other pilots observed, he said, “12 hours in the air is 11 hours longer than we’d expect.”
Lt. Graves is right. He’s talking about fuel capacity. He’s ruling out drones and foreign aircraft. That leaves only two options. Balloons or something non-conventional. Since balloons don’t engage in hypersonic speeds or impossible maneuvers, I’m putting the smart money on the phenomenon we affectionately know as flying saucers and UFOs.
In late 2014, a Super Hornet pilot had a near collision with one of the objects, and an official mishap report was filed. Some of the incidents were videotaped, including one taken by a plane’s camera in early 2015 that shows an object zooming over the ocean waves as pilots question what they are watching.
The Defense Department has been collecting such reports for more than 13 years as part of a shadowy, little-known Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program within the Pentagon. The program analyzed radar data, video footage and accounts provided by the Navy pilots and senior officers.
This refers to AATIP, the program headed by Lu Elizondo and initiated under Senator Harry Reid. The next several paragraphs are a recap of the story that has been developing since the 2017 Kean and Blumenthal article that introduced AATIP and Elizondo to the world.
To get the rest of the NYT story, you’ll have to go get it from the Times. The article goes on to provide some background about the anticipated report itself and concludes with a brief recap of the now-famous USS Nimitz incident involving the Navy encounter with the so-called tic-tac.
You have to read between the lines a little bit, and I hope my analysis helps you do that. I hope you can also see how this article is going to be the first crack in the dam, the beginning of what is guaranteed to be a major break through in the national conversation. In summary, “It’s Happening.”
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