There is a great deal of cynicism online these days, and it’s not unexpected. 2020 has been one of those strange blips in time where nothing is going to make sense. It’s the real life upside down, a la Stranger Things.
Plagues and murder hornets and the Second Civil War – and it’s not even July yet.
So it is only fitting that the higher chamber of Congress spend time looking into the nation’s long history of UFO secrecy.
The Senate Intelligence Committee has voted to require U.S. intelligence agencies and the Defense Department to compile a detailed public analysis of all data collected on “unidentified aerial phenomenon,” including intrusions recorded by Navy pilots in recent years.
The provision contained in the annual intelligence authorization bill, which still needs to be adopted by the full Senate, sets up an unusually public debate on Capitol Hill about how extensively the government has been tracking high performance aircraft of unknown origin, or UFOs.
And this isn’t some lip service, nor is it a theatrical distraction. These elected officials mean business.
Now the Senate panel, chaired by Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), is directing the executive branch to centralize all relevant information about such intrusions collected from a wide range of sources, including the Office of Naval Intelligence, the FBI, satellites or other technical means, and human spies.
It also wants a recounting of how agencies share such information and who is responsible for the task; whether the aircraft in question could indicate a major technological breakthrough by a foreign adversary; and “recommendations regarding increased collection of data, enhanced research and development, and additional funding and other resources.”
UFO buffs have been getting rebuffed for decades in their quests to seek this sort of information, but something about 2020 is just different, and it feels as though, this time, the truth is actually out there.