The US Congress resolves the fact that aliens appeared in 2004

Next week, a subcommittee in the US House of Representatives is set to hold the first open congressional hearing on unidentified aircraft spotted in more than half a century that has baffled US officials, and two senior US intelligence officials will testify before the committee in the US Congress.

The hearing follows the release of a report last June after Congress requested a broad assessment of “atmospheric phenomena of unknown origin”. The initial nine-page assessment from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence focused on 144 incidents dating back to 2004, according to the New York Times.

The assessment declined to draw conclusions, saying that the available reports were “largely inconclusive” and noting that the limited and inconsistent data created a challenge in assessing the phenomena, but the report said that most of the reported phenomena “represented observed physical objects”.

Observed objects

The assessment concluded that the observed objects were not classified US technology and that Washington currently lacks data to indicate that they are extraterrestrials, part of a foreign intelligence program, or an indication of significant technological progress by a potential adversary.

The hearing, scheduled for next Tuesday, aims to focus on the group’s work within the Pentagon that pursues the national security and aviation safety issues raised by the report.

“This hearing is about examining steps the Pentagon can take to reduce the ambiguity surrounding reporting by military and civilian pilots,” said Representative Andre Carson of Indiana, Democrat of Indiana, chair of the House Intelligence Committee’s Subcommittee on Counterterrorism and Intelligence Files.

Among the witnesses scheduled to attend are Ronald S. Moultrie, the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence and Security, and Scott W. Bray, Deputy Director of Naval Intelligence.

Rep. Adam Schiff, chair of the House Intelligence Committee, said: “The federal government and the intelligence community have a critical role in contextualizing and analyzing the reports.” He said the purpose of the hearing was to shed light on “one of the great mysteries of our time and to break the cycle of excessive secrecy and speculation of truth and transparency”.

The report said that the assessment delivered to Congress last June was prepared by the intelligence community with the Pentagon’s Task Force on Unknown Atmospheric Phenomena.

The group’s mission is to “discover, identify and attribute objects of interest in the airspace and assess and mitigate any threats associated with aviation safety and national security”.