Summer of 2019 was a simpler time – flavored alcoholic seltzers were all the craze, American’s lined up for hours to try a fried chicken sandwich at Popeyes, and over 2 million people RSVP’d to a troll Facebook event calling to ‘storm Area 51’.
Area 51 is a highly classified U.S. Air Force facility located 83 miles northwest of Las Vegas. The base is subject to conspiracy theories of unidentified flying object (UFO) folklore due to the secrecy surrounding it.
On September 20, 2019 about 150 people fully committed to the meme and showed up to the raid at Area 51. None succeeded in entering the site. Almost a year has passed and the national conversation about UFOs and extraterrestrials has understandably hit a lull… due to that whole global pandemic thing.
Earlier this month a top-secret UFO program tucked inside the Office of Naval Intelligence at the Pentagon announced they will begin to reveal findings of unexplained materials and crashes to the public twice a year. The announcement surprised Americans due to the Pentagon’s notorious silence on its past involvements with UFO findings and research.
Despite previous statements that the program was disbanded, it has secretly conducted classified briefings for over a decade, analyzing various encounters between military craft and unidentified aerial vehicles.
Astrophysicist Eric Davis, who consulted with the program and now works for the defense Aerospace Corporation told The Times that the Department of Defense agency retrieved materials “off-world vehicles not made on this earth.”
After examining the debris found from UFOs and failing to determine their source, Davis concluded, “We couldn’t make [the materials] ourselves.”
In a 2013 interview with the Huffington Post, Davis stated “UFOs are real phenomena. They are artificial objects under intelligent control. They’re definitely the craft of a supremely advanced technology,”
In the same interview, he touched on the public’s perception, most notably from skeptics, who believe no legitimate scientist would ever take the subject of UFOs seriously.
“They’re wrong, naive, stubborn, narrow-minded, afraid and fearful. It’s a dirty word and a forbidden topic. Science is about open-minded inquiry. You shouldn’t be laughing off people. You should show more deference and respect to them … Scientists need to get back to using the scientific method to study things that are unknown and unusual, and the UFO subject is one of them.”
Luis Elizondo, a retired military intelligence official of 10 years told The Times that he is “convinced that objects of undetermined origin have crashed on earth with materials retrieved for study.”
In June, the U.S. senate approved funding for the fiscal year 2021 for the Unidentified Aerial Phenomenon Task Force, encouraging its efforts to reveal any findings of unidentified aerial phenomena that “have to adversarial foreign governments, and the threat they pose to U.S. military assets and installations.”
The Intelligence Authorization Act is expected to give $61.9 billion to the National Intelligence Program.
The task force is meant to “standardize collection and reporting” on sightings of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) and publicly divulge “some of its findings” every six months from here on out. The senate report expressed their concern about possible threats to national security, not extraterrestrial science.
Last April, the U.S. Navy declassified and confirmed that three UFO videos released by former Blink-182 singer Tom Delonge were of real “unidentified” objects. Astrophysicists said at the time they could be atmospheric effects, reflections, or bugs in imaging code, but were later confirmed to be real.
The videos were captured as part of a secret program set up to investigate UFOs at the request of former Nevada Senator, Harry Ried, who was instrumental in its funding.
Reid recently told The Times he believes that “crashes of objects of unknown origin may have occurred and that retrieved materials should be studied,” and he hopes “the program will seek evidence of vehicles from other worlds.”We are not sure what the future holds, but if aliens pay us a visit, we hope they’re less like the ones from Independence Day and more like E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial.