Sometime this month, Congress is set to release the unclassified version of a long-awaited report into sightings of "unidentified aerial phenomena," the culmination of various reports by military personnel of mysterious UFOs that have at times appeared to defy the laws of physics.
Ahead of the release, reporters at The New York Times have gotten an advanced briefing of what we can expect to find in the report. In short, the report will remain unsurprisingly vague — in other words, the government's best minds appear to remain stumped.
According to the newspaper's sources among US officials, the one certainty that will come out of the report is the fact that most of the more than 120 incidents on record did not originate from any secret projects by the US military.
Beyond that, they say the report has little to add in concrete findings, suggesting that despite their best efforts, the military has made very little headway in figuring out what's going on with the unidentified objects.
Thanks to the report's ambiguity, in fact, the military isn't able to "definitively rule out theories that the phenomena observed by military pilots might be alien spacecraft," according to the NYT's reporting.
A classified annex will "not contain any evidence concluding that the phenomena are alien spacecraft," according to the NYT. But this annex will remain off limits from the public and could "continue to fuel speculation that the government had secret data about alien visitations to Earth," the reporters write.
In other words, the report could ultimately be of little consequence — but at the same time, it's unlikely to dissuade true believers from continuing to speculate about alien encounters.
The news comes after several high-profile interviews have reignited the discussion surrounding UFOs. Even former US president Barack Obama elaborated on his opinion in a recent interview on the CBS' "The Late Late Show with James Corden."
"What is true, and I’m actually being serious here," Obama said on the show, "is that there is footage and records of objects in the skies that we don’t know exactly what they are."
"When it comes to aliens, there are things I just can’t tell you on air," he added, laughing.
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