INTELLIGENCE AUTHORIZATION ACT FOR
FISCAL YEAR 2021
JUNE 17, 2020.—Ordered to be printed
Mr. RUBIO, from the Select Committee on Intelligence,
submitted the following
Advanced Aerial Threats
The Committee supports the efforts of the Unidentified Aerial Phenomenon Task Force at the Office of Naval Intelligence to standardize collection and reporting on unidentified aerial phenomenon, any links they have to adversarial foreign governments, and the threat they pose to U.S. military assets and installations. However, the Committee remains concerned that there is no unified, comprehensive process within the Federal Government for collecting and analyzing intelligence on unidentified aerial phenomena, despite the potential threat. The Committee understands that the relevant intelligence may be sensitive; nevertheless, the Committee finds that the information sharing and coordination across the Intelligence Community has been inconsistent, and this issue has lacked attention from senior leaders.
Therefore, the Committee directs the DNI, in consultation with the Secretary of Defense and the heads of such other agencies as the Director and Secretary jointly consider relevant, to submit a report within 180 days of the date of enactment of the Act, to the congressional intelligence and armed services committees on unidentified aerial phenomena (also known as ‘‘anomalous aerial vehicles’’), including observed airborne objects that have not been identified.
The Committee further directs the report to include:
1. A detailed analysis of unidentified aerial phenomena data and intelligence reporting collected or held by the Office of Naval Intelligence, including data and intelligence reporting held by the Unidentified Aerial Phenomena Task Force;2. A detailed analysis of unidentified phenomena data collected by:a. geospatial intelligence;b. signals intelligence;c. human intelligence; andd. measurement and signals intelligence;
3. A detailed analysis of data of the FBI, which was derived from investigations of intrusions of unidentified aerial phenomena data over restricted United States airspace;4. A detailed description of an interagency process for ensuring timely data collection and centralized analysis of all unidentified aerial phenomena reporting for the Federal Government, regardless of which service or agency acquired the information;5. Identification of an official accountable for the process described in paragraph 4;6. Identification of potential aerospace or other threats posed by the unidentified aerial phenomena to national security, and an assessment of whether this unidentified aerial phenomena activity may be attributed to one or more foreign adversaries;7. Identification of any incidents or patterns that indicate a potential adversary may have achieved breakthrough aerospace capabilities that could put United States strategic or conventional forces at risk; and8. Recommendations regarding increased collection of data, enhanced research and development, and additional funding and other resources.The report shall be submitted in unclassified form, but may include a classified annex.
The above language is causing great excitement in the UFO community. For example:
https://silvarecord.com/2020/06/22/uap-task-force-included-in-intelligence-bill-for-2021/Nevertheless, a very interesting development, which to a large degree has been one of the main actions which To The Stars Academy of Arts & Science (TTSA) have been working on in the background. Kudos to them.
This isn't actually a bill though. It's comments from the intelligence committee regarding the bill. The paragraph isn't a proposed law, it's a directive from the committee.This bill represents years of hard work and the progress it can lead to if passed is very exciting.
Is this significant? Well, looking at the language of the committee comment it all sounds quite reasonable. They are concerned about airspace incursions that are not identified. They are also concerned that foreign adversaries might have developed aerospace capabilities that put the US at a disadvantage. These are perfectly valid and significant concerns that the military obviously shares and has been investigating, to some degree.
What this comment amount to is essentially oversight of the existing processes, to ensure that those concerns are addressed and that improvements are made if needed.
So why the excitement?
The UFO community exists in a constant state of frustration. They are frustrated that they are drawing attention to UFOs but nobody really takes them seriously. They are frustrated that there's very little (if any) good video or photo evidence to back up their interest. They are frustrated because they think that the government is not telling them everything they know about UFOs.
And although many of them will deny this, they are frustrated because they think UFOs are something incredible, maybe representing an epochal revolution in physics, possibly even alien visitors from another world. They are frustrated because they really want this incredible thing to be revealed, and they have been thinking that "disclosure" is just around the corner for years. But it never happens.
So when something does happen, they get really excited, even if that excitement is not really justified. To the UFO community, this feels like validation. It feels like the US government saying "UFOs are real". To some it will feel like the US government starting to say "aliens are real"
I think this whole thing illustrates something of a division within the UFO community. You basically got two options.
1) UFOs are alien visitors and governments around the world are covering it up
2) UFOs are something interesting and unidentified, maybe dangerous, and governments around the world are incompetently not investigating it.
While many of the more serious UFO fans present as #2, most people with an interest in UFOs seem to think it's #1.
But, and this is key, the #2 people also will generally not discount #1, they might even be closet #1 fans, but they will get angry if you bring it up, because they think talking about aliens discredits the UFO movement.
What position (#1 or #2) does this report comment support? Really #2, and the serious presenting folk are excited because of this, like Chris Mellon:
But some people replying to Mellon's comment also lean towards #1
But really all we've got here is the Senate Intelligence Committee simply carrying out its oversight role. Perhaps colored somewhat by the media attention surrounding the US Navy videos. But really nothing has significantly changed, despite all the UFO folk telling you that it has.
Look at it in either context. If #1 is true, then what's the point of this report? Surely the Senate Intelligence Committee would already know about the aliens. What about the rest of the world.
If #2 is true, then why isn't this a huge deal? If they really thought there was good evidence that the Chinese had developed anti-gravity or reactionless propulsion, then that would be the most significant development in military terms since Hiroshima. It would need more than this.
Finally, and sadly, it's going lead to another round of nonsense tabloid headlines, like "Gov admits Aliens are Real", which will simply fan the #1 flames a little more.
I'll get excited when some actual evidence surfaces.