The Pentagon has released a newly declassified video that shows an unidentified flying object moving strangely above the Middle East last year.
The U.S. Department of Defense held a press conference yesterday about unidentified anomalous phenomena (UAP) where they showed the footage taken from an MQ-9 military drone.
“This is essentially all of the data we have associated with this event,” says Dr. Sean Kirkpatrick, the director of the newly-formed All-Domain Anomaly Resolution Office (AARO). “That is an unresolved case we are still studying.”
“It is going to be virtually impossible to fully identify that, just based on that video,” he adds.
Fitzpatrick shared the video during a U.S. Senate Committee hearing where he told senators that the AARO is tracking more than 650 cases of UAPs.
“Of those over 650, we’ve prioritized about half of them to be of anomalous interesting value, and now we have to go through those and go ‘How much of those do I have actual data for?’” Kirkpatrick says.
No Evidence of Aliens
Kirkpatrick definitively told the senators that there is no evidence of extraterrestrial life on planet Earth.
“In our research, AARO has found no credible evidence thus far of extraterrestrial activity, off-world technology or objects that defy the known laws of physics,” Kirkpatrick says.
He says that most UAP cases have “readily explainable” sources, particularly when there is a wealth of scientific data.
“I want to underscore today that only a very small percentage of UAP reports display signatures that could reasonably be described as anomalous,” Kirkpatrick said yesterday.
“The majority of unidentified objects reported to AARO demonstrate mundane characteristics of balloons, [uncrewed] aerial systems, clutter, natural phenomena or other readily explainable sources.”
He said anyone with evidence of aliens should submit it for peer review in scientific journals.
“AARO is working very hard to do the same,” Kirkpatrick states. “That is how science works, not by blog or social media.”
Increased Interest in UFOs
In the wake of the Chinese spy balloon, Americans are watching the skies closer than ever before.
In February, an investigative filmmaker released a photo of a UFO orb over Iraq, also taken by the U.S. military.
Image credits: Courtest of the U.S. Department of Defense