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The United States Congress held this Tuesday the first public hearing, in more than 50 years, on sightings of Unidentified Flying Objects (UFOs). The hearing was attended by two high-ranking intelligence officers in charge of investigating this type of phenomenon.
The hearing was conducted by the House Subcommittee on Counterterrorism, Counterintelligence, and Counterproliferation of Intelligence. The officers who gave their testimony were Ronald Moultrie, a Pentagon intelligence official, and Scott Bray, deputy director of naval intelligence..
During the presentation, Congressman Adam Schiff (D-California) stressed the importance of creating mechanisms that allow the due investigation of those incidents that are reported without this meaning a stigma.
“Since the early 2000s we have seen a significant increase in unidentified or authorized aircraft at military training areas. and other restricted airspaces”, affirmed Bray while indicating that the reports are constant and have not stopped in all these years.
The deputy director of naval intelligence reported that To date, more than 400 official reports of sightings of unidentified objects have been received.which shows how frequent these types of “encounters” are.
The hearing was held as a result of a declassified report by the Pentagon published in June 2021 in which it was revealed that since 2004 there had been more than 140 UFO sightings.
Prior to the hearing, Congressman André Carson indicated that one of the most important reasons why it is necessary to discuss the issue of unidentified aerial phenomena is because may pose a threat to national security.
“Since I arrived in Congress I have focused on the issue of unidentified aerial phenomena as a threat to national security and an interest of great importance to the American public. And I am pleased to chair the first open Intelligence Committee hearing on these events,” Carson said.
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