This is a record noting significant news (related to subjects focused on at this site) and also tracking the work of various efforts seeking the exposure of answers. As for the latter, this ranges from Sky Hub and it’s network of home-based tech scanning the skies to a lobbying of news media campaign that has developed at #ufotwitter under the #enduapsecrecy banner.
Many ufologically focused people are awaiting the first report from the UAP Task Force, an interagency program directed by the Navy and Deputy Secretary of Defense for Intelligence. The COVID relief bill, when signed by Trump late last year, started the 180 day clock for when that report would be due, June 25th. The language in that relief bill was inserted by Marco Rubio and Mark Warner on behalf of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence.
There has been risng concern, evident lately on ufotwitter, over the “no comment” policy and gatekeeper role of Pentagon spokesperson Susan Gough. People fear the upcoming report will have nothing of note to reveal, at least outside any classified briefings given to members of Congress on the relevant committees.
Lue Elizondo and Chris Mellon are separated now from TTSA and making significant inroads apparently by taking a lobbying route in the centers of power. TTSA is now focused on entertainment vehicles to “raise awareness”, so Steve Justice also left and now is with Virgin Galactic.
Tom DeLonge has finished a movie and otherwise is now free on Twitter to be both admirably politically observant and a silly goose.
Elizondo, Mellon, and Sean Cahill have been encouraging cheerleaders at ufotwitter, appreciating multiple efforts emerging.
So…today they are likely raising their glasses high to everyone there. Good thing they’re there, too. The brawling would be brutal.
St. Patrick’s Day!
These activist efforts will be well-armed with reporting like this new piece today from The Debrief:
The reporting from this new platform has been invaluable. For the collection of their UAP articles:
This early one from December 2 2020 was very significant:
The Giant Magellan Telescope is set to go online soon in the Atacama desert with amazing capacities that include reading biomarkers in the atmospheres of planets in other solar systems and bringing us pictures of planets around other suns. An interview with it’s project manager:
Another news platform had further intriguing info on an old case of a very close encounter that yielded DNA evidence:
The case above, primarily investigated by Australian researcher Bill Chalker, is representative of my special focus here at this website. The content here is almost complete (aside from ongoing journaling). I am preparing papers “systemizing” the cases published by Ardy Sixkiller Clarke in order to discern patterns from entity and craft and activity descriptions.
Interview with former NY Times reporter with new biography of John Mack being released. Title of video reflects what is happening (seemingly:
This new book by Ralph Blumenthal reflects what appears to be a welcomed-by-me beginning trend of bringing more focus to ce3 and 4 cases. The excessive focus among ufologists on government secrecy issues has been disempowering and has effectively kept our eyes off the ball and thus perpetually striking out and dejectedly returning to the dugout.
A Fox News anchor asked the former Director of National Intelligence about UFOs the other night. Here is a transcript of that:
Simple, easily discerned takeaways:
They are here.
The “cover-up” may be ending.
The alien presence is either growing or it’s generally covert status may be changing, or both.
John Brennan (former CIA Director) offered similar comments on the podcast “Conversations with Tyler” Dec 2020, ending with the comment that the observed phenomenon could involve the activity of another form of life (as he puts it):
On UFOs and alien life
COWEN: Let’s say we take a concrete issue. The Navy has reported that a lot of its pilots have seen unidentified flying objects. If you’re tackling that, as a CIA director or someone who works there, what is it you would sift through and interpret? How would that go?
BRENNAN: I’ve seen some of those videos from Navy pilots, and I must tell you that they are quite eyebrow-raising when you look at them. You try to ensure that you have as much data as possible in terms of visuals and also different types of maybe technical collection of sensors that you have at the time.
Also, I believe, it’s important to reach out into other environments and find out, were there any type of weather phenomena at that time that might have, in fact, created the appearance of the phenomenon that you’re looking at? Were there some things that were happening on the ground, or other types of phenomena that could help explain what seems to be quite a mystery as far as what is there?
I think an important thing for analysts to do is not to go into this type of challenge either discounting certain types of possibilities or believing in advance that it is likely X, Y, or Z. You really have to approach it with an open mind, but get as much data as possible and get as much expertise as possible brought to bear.
COWEN: At the end of all that sifting and interpreting, what do you think is the most likely hypothesis?
BRENNAN: [laughs] I don’t know. When people talk about it, is there other life besides what’s in the States, in the world, the globe? Life is defined in many different ways. I think it’s a bit presumptuous and arrogant for us to believe that there’s no other form of life anywhere in the entire universe. What that might be is subject to a lot of different views.
But I think some of the phenomena we’re going to be seeing continues to be unexplained and might, in fact, be some type of phenomenon that is the result of something that we don’t yet understand and that could involve some type of activity that some might say constitutes a different form of life.
There has been some news related to the warp drive concept that enables bypassing the speed of light limit:
The Washington Post reports on the government’s UFO report due by June 25:
The reporter seems to be aware of postings on ufotwitter.
Thanks to Trump-era covid relief bill, a UFO report may soon be public — and it’ll be big, ex-official says
Video shows an encounter between U.S. fighter jets and “anomalous aerial vehicles.” (To The Stars Academy of Arts and Science)By Reis ThebaultMarch 23, 2021 at 4:00 a.m. PDT
Last year’s gargantuan $2.3 trillion appropriations bill did a couple very obvious things: it provided millions of Americans badly needed coronavirus relief aid and it averted an impending government shutdown.
It also dealt with … UFOs.
The legislation, which President Donald Trump signed into law, was a bureaucratic nesting doll that ran over 5,500 pages and contained the Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021, which itself carried an unusual provision in its “committee comment” section, beneath the understated heading “Advanced Aerial Threats.”
The stipulation mandates that the director of national intelligence work with the secretary of defense on a report detailing everything the government knows about unidentified flying objects — known in agency lingo as “unidentified aerial phenomena” or “anomalous aerial vehicles.”AD
It must be made public, and when it is, it will be big, former intelligence director John Ratcliffe said in a recent interview.
“Frankly, there are a lot more sightings than have been made public,” Ratcliffe told Fox News host Maria Bartiromo on Friday.
The report must include “detailed analysis of unidentified aerial phenomena data and intelligence” gathered by the Office of Naval Intelligence, the Unidentified Aerial Phenomena Task Force and the FBI, the provision reads.
It also calls for “a detailed description of an interagency process” that will ensure that data can be gathered and analyzed across the federal government. The report could document sightings from “all over the world,” Ratcliffe said.AD
“There are instances where we don’t have good explanations for some of the things that we’ve seen,” he added. “And when that information becomes declassified, I’ll be able to talk a little bit more about that.”
That time could be coming soon.
When Trump approved the spending package on Dec. 27, a 180-day countdown began, giving intelligence officials until June to deliver lawmakers their write-up.
However, two factors might delay the report’s release: agencies have missed similar congressional reporting deadlines in the past; and the provision is not technically binding, as the language was included in the Senate Intelligence Committee’s report on the bill, not the bill itself.
“In other words, it isn’t statute, but the agencies/departments generally treat report language as bill language,” said one senior Senate aide familiar with the legislation.
The office of Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-Va.), chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee, declined to comment on the UFO report. A spokesperson for the intelligence director’s office said “we have nothing to offer.”
Ratcliffe’s pronouncement comes months after the Pentagon released three grainy videos of UFOs recorded by U.S. Navy pilots using infrared cameras. The footage shows the objects moving rapidly across the screen. “My gosh,” one pilot remarks. The videos had been circulating for years but the Defense Department move gave them further official imprimatur.
Former senator Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.), a longtime backer of UFO research, said then that the footage “only scratches the surface of research and materials available.”
“The U.S. needs to take a serious, scientific look at this and any potential national security implications,” he said. “The American people deserve to be informed.”
The increasingly vocal crowd of space watchers is eagerly awaiting the forthcoming intelligence agency report. Some of them say that studying UFOs is essential to the country’s security.
In a July interview with Miami’s CBS4 News, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), vice chair of the Intelligence Committee, said the prospect that something otherworldly is behind the flying objects does not concern him as much as the idea that a U.S. adversary could be making secret technological advances.
“The bottom line is if there are things flying over your military bases and you don’t know what they are because they aren’t yours and they are exhibiting — potentially — technologies that you don’t have at your own disposal, that to me is a national security risk and one that we should be looking into,” Rubio said.
Others have argued that the research has been equated with claims of extraterrestrial life and unfairly written off as kooky science fiction.
In the Fox News interview, Ratcliffe described the sightings this way: “We are talking about objects that have been seen by Navy or Air Force pilots, or have been picked up by satellite imagery, that frankly engage in actions that are difficult to explain, movements that are hard to replicate, that we don’t have the technology for or are traveling at speeds that exceed the sound barrier without a sonic boom.”
“There’s actually quite a few of those,” he added. “And I think that that information is being gathered and will be put out in a way the American people can see.”
Christopher Mellon, a former deputy assistant secretary of defense for intelligence, applauded Ratcliffe’s disclosure. Mellon, who now works with former Blink-182 frontman Tom DeLonge’s To the Stars Academy of Arts and Sciences, called it “an important and noteworthy admission.”
One measure of the level of anticipation surrounding the report can be found on the Twitter account of Luis Elizondo, an ex-intelligence officer who also works at To the Stars Academy. Last month, Elizondo asked his followers for “the top three (3) things you would like the 180-Day report to address/say.”
He received more than 850 replies.
“Thank you for the overwhelming response to my question,” he wrote. “Another example of how you all are changing the landscape.”
The comment section to this article is valuable in gauging “coming out” issues:
Sample of comments at WaPo on it’s article today:
More fuel for the insufferable self delusional, the UFO cultist, and the money making fraud pushing business operations like To The Stars “Academy” OF COURSE trump’s administration, specialists in money making frauds, would push hand them more fuzzy nonsense to sell.
That an experienced scam artist like Ratcliffe is now part of this scam is no surprise. Nor does anyone expect a weasel like Rubio to stay away from publicity.
What’s even worse… the last time To The Stars pushed this hoax backed by those grainy videos, both WaPo and NYTimes published stories that, at minimum, gave short shrift to their job as conveyors of fact, and at times made them seem as credulous as an eager Tenderfoot on a snipe hunt.
And Harry Reid? Bless his heart… what can I say? He SEEMS normal…
3 minutes ago
Maybe the aliens can tell us whether the earth is actually flat or not.
5 minutes ago
Waiting on Ratcliffe to pontificate how UAPs are all a Democrat conspiracy, and if you re-elect Trump in 2024 he will protect you from the little green men.
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5 minutes ago
The stipulation mandates that the director of national intelligence work with the secretary of defense on a report detailing everything the government knows about unidentified flying objects — known in agency lingo as “unidentified aerial phenomena” or “anomalous aerial vehicles.”
This will amount to nothing… other than yet another washed out “there is nothing really there” run at the public.. like every other time since the 1940s.
Reason: DNI and SEC DEF do not get to make that call on release of this sort of information. There are some very secret, quiet, and compact entities loosely coupled with governments, religions, and corporations to control the disclosure of UAPs. Period.
Honsetly, I doubt even the president has clearance and authority to disclose this sort of information.
8 minutes ago
3 minutes ago
Lots of sightings precede social unrest by a decade. What we perceive as reality is a sense-surround simulation in our brains. There’s an awful lot we don’t know about minds. The “objects” are mental projections into so-called reality, I suppose. There’s more where that came from, even less acceptable.
5 minutes ago
I am surprised at the intensity and quantity of hostile comments generated by the mere suggestion that extra terrestrial life might exist and be visiting and observing us.
5 minutes ago
Color me a skeptic, but I simply don’t believe that non-binding language in a Senate report on a bill is going to finally compel those in our government tasked with secreting such things to spill their guts. My guess is it will be seriously underwhelming to those looking for an answer on Roswell, or other ‘big-ticket’ lore.
8 minutes ago
Frankly, I hope this report finding info happens. I hope something cool and interesting can come into our “news-space.” I like UFOs. Even if they don’t exist, I like the idea of them.
31 minutes ago
Yet another lackey of the disgraced former president…UFOs and Qanon.
No wonder Biden inherited such a damned mess.
13 minutes ago
UFO study does not equate to QAnon nonsense, doofus.
32 minutes ago
The increasingly vocal crowd of space watchers is eagerly awaiting the forthcoming intelligence agency report. Some of them say that studying UFOs is essential to the country’s security”
National Security? So what do we defend against and how? We have been to the moon, these planets who are visiting us are so far ahead, it’s absurd to think we can defend against them?
31 minutes ago
Because they are not coming from other planets, but hostile governments who use them for spying.
28 minutes ago
Your name is backwards…57 spineless sycophants, 43 patriots.
Waddle back to OAN.
21 minutes ago
He/she is referring to 57 Senators voted to impeach the fat-boy, coward and 43 cowards (repubs) voted to acquit!
11 minutes ago
Two things I would like to know:-
1) If it’s aliens why have they done nothing to contact us after coming all this way? Are they just watching us like we watch animals in a zoo?
2) If it is some enemy from here on Earth, why have they not invaded, as the technology they seem to have is totally beyond ours?
42 minutes ago
Oh, this is JUST what the conspiracy lovers and Q adherents need – a UFO report. Sigh.
38 minutes ago
Maybe, for an extra $49.95, they can get a super-accurate horoscope with it!
44 minutes ago
Thanks to Trump-era covid relief bill, a UFO report may soon be public — and it’ll be big, ex-official says
Every alien will come by to take a look at this orange cockroach before Satan recalls him.
46 minutes ago
This seems a very poor decision (to the extent that it’s actually followed up on). SETI has extensive public information, and its objectivity is far more reliable than speculations based on “sightings” or alleged “anomalies.”
Release of sketchy accounts of UFOs will only serve to swell the ranks of internet conspiracy theorists and quacks. We already have a member of congress who has floated notions of jewish space lasers. We don’t need to add more inmates to that asylum.
All empirical evidence and probabilities indicate that the answer to the Fermi paradox is — we are alone:
It’s high time we recognized that humbling reality. We are very likely the only scientific explanation-seekers in our traverseable corner of the universe. Admitting that reality dispels our all too easy excuses and irresponsibility, and rather shocks the system out of complacency.
45 minutes ago
Or it will just confirm that all the unknown crap in our sky originated from our planet so there is no aliens coming to visit and give us anal probes……. yet.
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37 minutes ago
We already have a member of congress who has floated notions of jewish space lasers. We don’t need to add more inmates to that asylum.
If there WAS such an asylum, we could add a BOATLOAD of them. It isn’t as if their crazy would be missed.
19 minutes ago
“All empirical evidence and probabilities indicate that the answer to the Fermi paradox is — we are alone:”
We have no idea what tech aliens would be using, and SETI is watching activity on radio frequencies that an interstellar civilization would find useless.
I would like to see the report before I decide it is nonsense.
9 minutes ago
You’re free, of course, to entertain any improbability you choose. But it may be worth examining the probabilistic assumptions in the Drake equation, and the empirical results of our own explorations. The two citations I provided make for a reasonably good starting point.
48 minutes ago
Can’t wait to see more weather balloons, atmospheric phenomena, and even the odd flock of birds being mistaken for alien spacecraft.
I wouldn’t be surprised if there are intelligent aliens somewhere in the vast universe, but I highly doubt they could lurk only in the out of focus and blurry regions of our cameras with hundreds of millions of recording devices on all the time in the world.
Lue Elizondo, referenced at end of Washington Post article above, now has a website:
The dam has serious cracks…..
Bryan Bender of Poltico reports on an obstacle to a timely release of the UAP Task Force report:
Military and spy agencies accused of stiff-arming investigators on UFO sightings
A public accounting is proving to be an “onerous job of trying get everyone to come clean,” one government adviser said.
By Bryan Bender
03/25/2021 06:53 PM EDT
The truth may be out there. But don’t expect the feds to share what they know anytime soon on the recent spate of UFO sightings.
Some military and spy agencies are blocking or simply ignoring the effort to catalog what they have on “unidentified aerial phenomenon,” according to multiple current and former government officials. And as a result, the Biden administration will likely delay a much-anticipated public report to Congress.https://f16dca6103274a9581a91e417af2a155.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-38/html/container.html?n=0Advertisement
The Senate Intelligence Committee has asked the director of national intelligence to work with the Defense Department to provide a public accounting by June 25 on unexplained sightings of advanced aircraft and drones that have been reported by military personnel or captured by radar, satellites and other surveillance systems.
The request came after revelations in 2017 that the Pentagon was researching a series of unexplained intrusions into military airspace, including high-performance vehicles captured on video stalking Navy ships.
But those advising the investigations are advocating for significantly more time and resources to retrieve information from agencies that in some cases have shown reluctance, if not outright resistance, to sharing classified information. And they worry that without high-level involvement, it will be difficult to compel agencies to release what they have.
“Just getting access to the information, because of all the different security bureaucracies, that’s an ordeal in itself,” said Christopher Mellon, a former Pentagon intelligence official who lobbied for the disclosure provision and is continuing to advise policymakers on the issue.
The Pentagon task force is expected to be the primary military organization contributing to the wider government report.
“I know that the task force has been denied access to pertinent information by the Air Force and they have been stiff-armed by them,” Mellon said in an interview. “That is disappointing but not unexpected.”
- The news reporting by The Drive, noted in March 24 entry above, has been further shared by major news outlets now.
i have a poll at twitter still in progress for one more day: