According to former Trump administration director of national intelligence (DNI) John Ratcliffe, the country is on the cusp of some potentially fascinating revelations about a topic that has long fascinated millions.
During an appearance on Fox News with host Maria Bartiromo on Friday, Ratcliffe discussed his knowledge of unidentified flying objects (UFOs) and indicated that the imminent, reportedly significant government disclosures about their sightings may come as a surprise to many, according to the Washington Examiner.
The upcoming release is anticipated to occur sometime before June 1 and is being made possible by the coronavirus relief bill signed by former President Donald Trump back in December. Included in that legislation was the Senate Intelligence Committee’s Intelligence Authorization Act for the 2021 fiscal year, and it contained “committee comment” portion that spoke to the issue of “unidentified aerial phenomena.”
Ratcliffe indicated that the forthcoming release is likely to break new ground in what ordinary citizens believe they know on the subject, telling Bartiromo:
There are a lot more sightings than have been made public. Some of those have been declassified. And when we talk about sightings, we are 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. Movements that are hard to replicate that we don’t have the technology for. Or traveling at speeds that exceed the sound barrier without a sonic boom.
Building expectations further, Ratcliffe noted:
When we talk about sightings, the other thing I will tell you is, it’s not just a pilot or just a satellite, or some intelligence collection. Usually we have multiple sensors that are picking up these things…
Whereas UFO skeptics may offer an array of possible, easily understood explanations for unusual phenomena, the former DNI cautioned:
Weather can cause disturbances, visual disturbances. Sometimes we wonder whether or not our adversaries have technologies that are a little bit further down the road than we thought or than we realized. But there are instances where we don’t have good explanations for some of the things that we have seen.
Unlike almost all other topics of discussion in Washington, the presence of UFOs is one on which there actually seems to be some bipartisan common ground, with former Obama-era CIA Director John Brennan stating in December that:
Some of the phenomena we’re going to be seeing continues to be unexplained and might, in fact, be some type of phenomenon that is the result of something that we don’t yet understand and that could involve some type of activity that some might say constitutes a different form of life.
The impending governmental disclosures follow last year’s blockbuster release of footage authenticated by the U.S. Navy which showed mysterious objects in the air traveling at breakneck speeds and engaging in aerial maneuvers that appeared impossible to the stunned pilots who were observing them, as Salt Lake City CBS affiliate KUTV reported at the time.
The countdown is underway for the formal Pentagon disclosure of its trove of UFO information, and only time will tell whether its contents will be enough to convince most Americans that there really are other life forms out there.