John Ratcliffe, the former director of Intelligence under former President Donald Trump, revealed that the Department of Defense (DOD) has evidence of unidentified flying objects (UFOs) that make maneuvers impossible with known technology. These include UFOs that break the sound barrier without creating a sonic boom.
"When we talk about sightings, 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 are difficult to explain," Ratcliffe bared in an interview with Fox News on March 19, Friday.
These actions include "movements that are hard to replicate and that we don't have the technology for, or traveling at speeds that exceed the sound barrier without a sonic boom," the ex-intel chief added.
He told host Maria Bartiromo that analysts typically look for a plausible explanation, such as a potential weather disturbance or a piece of advanced technology from American enemies, to try to explain a UFO. But he noted that there are instances where sightings elude any known explanation.
Ratcliffe's revelations came after the DOD declassified a 2,700-page dossier about unidentified aerial phenomena (UAPs) – the Pentagon's official term for UFOs. The release of this dossier in January followed the earlier release of three top-secret UAP videos last year.
But Ratcliffe revealed that there are a lot more sightings than the Pentagon have made public.
Ratcliffe declined to go into further detail about the sightings but noted that the Pentagon will be releasing a report about all classified UAPs this June. The report is part of the Senate Intelligence Committee's Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021, which is under the $2.3 trillion COVID relief bill that Trump signed into law last Dec. 27.
Under the intelligence act, the Pentagon and other concerned agencies must produce a report on what they know about UAPs within six months of the bill's passage. The report will be unclassified but will include a classified supplement.
Ratcliffe said he had hoped to make a similar report before he left office on Jan. 20. But his team wasn't able to produce a document in an unclassified format quickly enough. (Related: Are the recent UFO disclosures setting us up for a mass deception of epic proportions?.)
Public knowledge about UAPs increased under the Trump administration following several moves that ramped up government transparency regarding UFO sightings. In April, the Pentagon declassified three videos that showed unidentified aircraft moving at incredible speeds. One video was taken in 2004 while the other two were taken in 2015.
The New York Times and To The Stars Academy of Arts & Sciences, a Las Vegas-based media and private science organization, leaked the videos years before. The Pentagon said that it released the clips to "clear up any misconceptions" about their veracity. It also maintained that the UAPs seen in the footage remain unidentified.
The Pentagon also recently authorized the release of more than 2,700 pages of government documents about UAPs. John Greenwald Jr., an author and the founder of the Black Vault, an online repository of UFO-related files, obtained the records after hounding the Pentagon with a series of Freedom of Information Act requests over the years. He was eventually granted access and published the reports on his website in January this year.
The Pentagon claimed that the dossier comprised the entirety of the government's declassified UAP intel, but Greenwald argued that there is no way to verify that claim.
In December, the Debrief website leaked two classified Pentagon documents about UAPs. One of the reports was made in 2018 and included a photo of a silver, cube-shaped object hovering at an altitude of up to 35,000 feet. A military pilot took the picture with his cellphone while flying an F/18 fighter jet off the eastern coast of the United States.
Experts were baffled by the picture but observed that the UAP resembled a GPS dropsonde, a weather profiling device designed to be dropped from an aircraft, typically over storms. (Related: Pentagon says test findings on UFO wreckage could "change our lives forever".)
The other report was issued in early 2020 and included what was described as an "extremely clear" and "shocking" photo of a triangular aircraft with large, spherical white lights on each corner. Officials told the Debrief that the aircraft might have emerged from the ocean and shot upward. The picture was taken in 2019 from a military jet flying above the eastern coast and was not available to the public.
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