About 70% of US residents believe that the US government has more information about unidentified flying objects (UFOs) and unidentified aerial phenomena than they currently present to the public. The Hill newspaper writes about this on Friday, citing data from a survey conducted by it in conjunction with the Harris Research Service.
As the newspaper notes, most often this point of view is held by Americans aged 18 to 34 years – 75% of the respondents of this age, less often – Americans aged 35 to 49 years – 64%.
The poll was conducted from 17 to 18 June among 942 respondents. T
On Friday, the US authorities in a report to Congress said that the country’s intelligence services are not yet able to accurately explain the nature of the origin of unidentified flying objects that the US military has previously seen.
The document is based on data on 144 incidents that took place between November 2004 and March 2021. Intelligence can speak with confidence about the nature of only one of them – the observed object turned out to be a large balloon. “[The nature of] the rest remains unclear,” the report said.
As noted by Reuters, a high-ranking American official, in response to a question about the possibility of the extraterrestrial origin of the observed objects, replied that the US authorities had no data indicating this.
“Evaluating any kind of search for extraterrestrial life is not the task of the task force. <...> This is not what we have been assigned to do. <...> Of the 144 reports we deal with here, we have no clear evidence of that there is some extraterrestrial explanation for them (these phenomena), but we will go where the data takes us, “he said.
The authors of the report believe that there are several types of unidentified aerial phenomena.
Potential explanations in Washington are proposed to be divided into five categories: air jamming, natural atmospheric phenomena, secret American developments, “systems of foreign adversaries.” US intelligence proposes to classify all “other” potential options in the fifth category.
Earlier, former US President Barack Obama on the air of the CBS television company confirmed that the American authorities had photographs of air phenomena, the nature of which, according to him, is still unclear.
At the end of 2017, it became known that the Pentagon had previously operated a classified program for collecting and analyzing data on “anomalous aerospace threats.” In 2007-2012, $ 22 million was allocated for it. At the initial stage, the intelligence department of the US Department of Defense was responsible for the program.
After information about the existence of the program got to the press, the US military department released a series of videos that captured the contacts of American military pilots with suspected UFOs. In turn, the staff of the US Congress stated that the implementation of the program did not bring any sensational data.