THE Pentagon has been accused of cover-up part of the UFO report after a "top-secret" part of the document was left out during its release.
The nine-page report that was released on Friday was essentially a UFO-lite substitute compared to the classified version sent to Congress.
"This is a historic moment for us, in our country and our military," Luis Elizondo, the former director of the Pentagon's Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program (AATIP) program to study UFOs, said during an interview on Tucker Carlson's Fox News show following the report's release.
“The government has formally and officially come out and informed Congress that these things are – A, they’re real – and two, that they’re not ours and that they seem to be performing, at least some of them … in remarkable ways,” he said.
In the public version, the military counted 144 UFO sightings predominantly occurring in 2019 that couldn’t be verified by any terrestrial explanation.
Pentagon relies on the more modern referent: Unidentified Aerial Phenomena (UAP).
Elizondo claims that the majority of these UAP aren’t reported in the military, concluding that the latest report is merely a small tally of sightings.
“A large majority of reporting goes unreported,” he said in the Fox News interview.
“Why? The stigma and taboo… involving this topic, so one can surmise there's actually a lot more than just 144 incidents involving the Navy and just the last year-and-a-half.”
The report appeared to acknowledge that the military’s capability both in the realms of defense and intelligence are working with insufficient data to pinpoint the nature of the UFOs.
For instance, sensors mounted on US military defense crafts "are typically designed to fulfill specific missions" but in this case, they are ill-equipped in "identifying UAP," according to the report.
The report also suggested that when the objects in the sky are finally figured out, they likely will be categorized by a bunch of things including "airborne clutter" like a deflated balloon, natural atmospheric phenomena to more sinister "foreign adversary systems."
What’s more, there was nothing in the report that concluded the flying aircraft aren’t alien.
The report is the result of lawmakers pushing for a public release of findings after so many ineffable incidents were being documented over the past 20 years.
US Navy pilots, for example, recorded objects traveling at seemingly hypersonic speeds, spinning and mysteriously disappearing.
"There are a lot more sightings than have been made public," John Ratcliffe, who served as former President Donald Trump’s director of national intelligence, said in an interview with Fox News.
"There are instances where we don't have good explanations for some of the things that we've seen.”
He suggested that the report captures incidents that occur “all over the world."
"We’re 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," Ratcliffe said.
Its arrival comes as US adversaries like China and Russia are being accused of possibly using unknown, highly advanced military and surveillance technologies.
"UAP would also represent a national security challenge if they are foreign adversary collection platforms or provide evidence a potential adversary has developed either a breakthrough or disruptive technology," the report reads.
"We take all incursions into our operating spaces seriously," said John Kirby, a Pentagon spokesman.
"It could potentially involve safety and or national security concerns," he added, referring to the UAP reports the Defense Department has logged.
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