New rules for UFO sightings start [of course] by calling them something else

The U.S. Navy is drafting new guidelines for pilots and other personnel to report encounters with “unidentified aircraft,” a significant new step in creating a formal process to collect and analyze the unexplained sightings — and destigmatize them.

The previously unreported move is in response to a series of sightings of unknown, highly advanced aircraft intruding on Navy strike groups and other sensitive military formations and facilities…

To be clear, the Navy isn’t endorsing the idea that its sailors have encountered alien spacecraft. But it is acknowledging there have been enough strange aerial sightings by credible and highly trained military personnel that they need to be recorded in the official record and studied — rather than dismissed as some kooky phenomena from the realm of science-fiction…

Luis Elizondo, the former Pentagon official who ran the so-called AATIP [Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program] office, complained after he retired from government service that the Pentagon’s approach to these unidentified aircraft has been far too blasé.

“If you are in a busy airport and see something you are supposed to say something,” Elizondo said. “With our own military members it is kind of the opposite: ‘If you do see something, don’t say something.'”

Tales of American Military bureaucracy still seem to echo the worst of history’s examples. You’d think that with a budget guaranteed larger than any other significant combination of nations a bit of confidence might temper the character of our own Colonel Blimps. Or Admiral Blimps.

9 thoughts on “New rules for UFO sightings start [of course] by calling them something else

  1. Theremin says:

    “The former leader of the U.S. government’s top-secret UFO program has stories to tell, and he is sharing some of them for the first time in a new documentary.” https://www.livescience.com/65596-ufo-pentagon-history-channel.html “Intelligence officer Luis Elizondo served as the former director of the Pentagon’s Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program (AATIP), an initiative launched in 2007 to study reports of UFO encounters. Elizondo departed the agency in 2011; in 2017, he spoke with reporters at The New York Times, confirming the existence of the shadowy agency and describing its mission.
    Now, Elizondo is pulling back the curtain on his tenure with the AATIP, which he left because of a lackluster official response to the agency’s findings, and their unwillingness to address potential risks from UFOs, according to the new show “Unidentified: Inside America’s UFO Investigation,” premiering May 31 on the History Channel at 10 p.m ET/9 p.m. CT. [UFO Watch: 8 Times the Government Looked for Flying Saucers]

  2. Watch the skies says:

    Three more U.S. senators received a classified Pentagon briefing on Wednesday about a series of reported encounters by the Navy with unidentified aircraft, according to congressional and military officials — part of a growing number of requests from members of key oversight committees. https://www.politico.com/story/2019/06/19/warner-classified-briefing-ufos-1544273
    One of them was Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.), the vice chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, whose office confirmed the briefing to POLITICO.
    “Navy officials did indeed meet with interested congressional members and staffers on Wednesday to provide a classified brief on efforts to understand and identify these threats to the safety and security of our aviators,” spokesman Lt. Cmdr. Daniel Day said in a statement.
    He said “follow-up discussions with other interested staffers” were also scheduled for Thursday. “Navy officials will continue to keep interested congressional members and staff informed. Given the classified nature of these discussions, we will not comment on the specific information provided in these Hill briefings.”

  3. Theremin says:

    “…You are right. I understood this myself when I read your novel The Time Machine. All human conceptions are on the scale of our planet. They are based on the pretension that the technical potential, though it will develop, will never exceed the terrestrial limit. If we succeed in establishing interplanetary communications, all our philosophies, moral and social views, will have to be revised. In this case the technical potential, become limitless, will impose the end of the role of violence as a means and method of progress.” Vladimir Ilych Lenin, in conversation with H. G. Wells (1920) http://www.autodidactproject.org/quote/wells_lenin_scifi.html

    “Josh Brinkley and Daniel Lucero were out bow hunting for elk near Cerro de la Olla Monday (Sept. 2) northwest of Taos [NM] when they had a strange encounter with a gigantic white structure that then disappeared. A day earlier, Brinkley saw what he thought were two hunters, but later described as oddly clothed “very tall figures with oversized heads.” The two men are still trying to figure out what they saw.” (Taos News 9/6/19) https://www.taosnews.com/stories/close-encounter-of-the-hunters-and-aliens-kind,59354

  4. Simonton says:

    “US Military Releases New Info About Navy UFO Videos” https://futurism.com/us-military-new-info-ufo-videos The Pentagon has released new information about a series of fascinating encounters between US Navy pilots and unidentified flying objects.
    The “hazard reports” include details about the size and shape of the “unidentified aerial phenomena.” https://www.cnn.com/2020/05/13/politics/read-us-navy-ufo-documents/index.html (includes reports)
    On April 30 President Donald Trump called newly released footage from the Pentagon showing “unidentified aerial phenomena” a “hell of a video” and told Reuters he wonders “if it’s real.” https://www.cnn.com/2020/04/30/politics/donald-trump-ufo-videos-response/index.html

  5. Cue theremin music says:

    “The Pentagon is forming a new task force to investigate UFOs that have been observed by US military aircraft, according to two defense officials.
    Deputy Secretary of Defense David Norquist will help oversee the task force, which is expected to be officially unveiled in the next few days, according to the officials. Previous efforts to look into what the Pentagon dubs unidentified aerial phenomena were led by the US Navy as many of the documented encounters involved their aircraft.
    The Department of Defense did not immediately respond to a request for comment.” (CNN 8/13/20) https://www.cnn.com/2020/08/13/politics/pentagon-ufo-task-force/index.html
    “No Longer in Shadows, Pentagon’s U.F.O. Unit Will Make Some Findings Public : For over a decade, the program, now tucked inside the Office of Naval Intelligence, has discussed mysterious events in classified briefings.” (NYT 7/23/20) https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/23/us/politics/pentagon-ufo-harry-reid-navy.html
    “‘Unidentified Aerial Phenomena,’ Better Known as UFOs, Deserve Scientific Investigation : UAP are a scientifically interesting problem. Interdisciplinary teams of scientists should study them” (Scientific American 7/27/20) https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/unidentified-aerial-phenomena-better-known-as-ufos-deserve-scientific-investigation/
    “Is Tom DeLonge ready to take off again with his To The Stars Academy of Arts & Science, the Encinitas company he launched in 2017 to explore the “outer edges of science” and UFOs in particular?
    The answer may come this weekend during Metaverse, a four-day online “alternate digital universe” pop-culture event that begins Thursday.” (San Diego Union-Tribune 8/11/20) https://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/entertainment/music/story/2020-08-11/does-tom-delonge-have-new-information-on-ufos-find-out-sunday

  6. Curiouser and curiouser says:

    (Stars & Stripes 8/15/20) “The Navy will lead a new task force charged with detecting, analyzing and cataloging encounters with what used to be called UFOs that could threaten the United States, the Pentagon announced in a statement Friday.
    The Unidentified Aerial Phenomena Task Force, approved Aug. 4 by Deputy Secretary of Defense David Norquist, was established so the Department of Defense can improve its “understanding of, and gain insight into, the nature and origins” of mysterious flying objects, the statement said.” https://www.stripes.com/news/navy/navy-led-task-force-will-detect-analyze-and-track-unidentified-aerial-phenomena-1.641384
    (Stars & Stripes August 17, 2020) “The Department of the Navy will head up the task force and report to the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence and Security.”
    “Space Force units are already operating worldwide, and experts expect more to pop up soon” https://www.stripes.com/news/us/space-force-units-are-already-operating-worldwide-and-experts-expect-more-to-pop-up-soon-1.641654

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