UFOs (maybe) really exist (Panorama Magazine 14.10.2020)

Professor Abraham Loeb

Stefano Piazza- Luciano Tirinnanzi

“UFOs exist, we are collecting the evidence.” To say it, this time officially, it is no less than the government of the United States. What, no longer able to manage or hide the high number of sightings by its pilots, last August 4 approved the creation of a specialized task force on unidentified aerial phenomena, called UAPTF. The cost: 22 million dollars, the result of five years of a previous secret research program for the monitoring of extraterrestrial life forms.The reason why Washington has broken the delay, it is soon said: from 2019 to date, the U.S. Navy and the Japanese Air Force have detected so many unclassifiable episodes of close encounters in the Pacific Ocean (light trails; ovoid objects; spherical and circular shapes, with edges), that they have wondered what would happen, and how one should react, in case of direct contact with humans. Therefore, the CIA and the Tokyo government have coordinated and acted to fill such a gap – in fact, they are the only ones in the world to have done so – in their respective military protocols. And they have produced a set of rules to follow, assuming that both military jets and civil aircraft would have to deal with the imponderables again. Yes, again. Because only a few months ago, the U.S. Navy declassified a series of official videos, also published by CNN, which were an introduction to a descriptive and detailed list of flying objects that have actually flown off the American coast in recent years, lapping war fighters and, in some cases, even civilian flights. “The Department of Defense is releasing these videos in order to clear up any misconceptions by the public on whether or not the footage that has been circulating was real. The aerial phenomena observed in the videos remain characterized as unidentified,” was the Pentagon’s statement (in fact, a bit sibylline).The Deputy Secretary of Defense, David L. Norquist, added that the task force is indispensable to investigate unidentified aerial phenomena. Or UAP, as the classic UFOs are now called, “unidentified aerial object.” Changing the acronym so as not to be alarmed has become, in fact, the first commandment of the White House and the Pentagon, in order to better manage the numerous files concerning space. Waiting, perhaps, to find the best way to prepare the world for an important awareness of the fact that there are other forms of life. To corroborate the truth of the statement there is a video shot in 2004 by a F/A-18 Hornet strike fighter during a patrol flight of the U.S. aircraft carrier USS Nimitz. On that occasion, the pilots reported that, after taking off in scramble mode (or scrambling, a term that defines the act of launching a fighter to intercept and identify an unknown aircraft), they clearly spotted “a large object shaped like a Tic Tac candy, which seemed to float without the assistance of an engine or exhaust plume.” Precisely as a result of the growing number of such sightings, the United States of Donald Trump, last December, also equipped itself with the U.S. Space Force: the fourth U.S. military force after the Navy, Army and Air Force, that today oversees launch systems, satellite management, cyberspace and signals from the universe. It is called “military astronautics”. Beyond the easy irony about the Space Force (“they have the Star Trek logo” mocked on the social media), Barack Obama had already opened the way in this sense: in the middle of the second term, in fact, he announced and then retracted a statement about the existence of extraterrestrial life forms. Censored for unclear reasons, it was then his advisor, John Podesta, who made a surprise revelation: on his last day of work in the White House, he declared that his greatest regret “was not having been able to reveal the truth about UFOs.” Now, perhaps it will be up to those who will win the next presidential election to make a historic announcement about UFOs.

Certainly, the Department of Defense intends to “improve understanding and obtain information on the nature and origins of UFOs – as stated by its spokeswoman Susan Gough – by cataloguing them for better analysis, should they pose a threat to U.S. national security. The U.S. pilots were certainly not the only ones to see the UFOs. Also in Italy, the General Security Department of the Air Force General Staff (Rgs) monitors all “unidentified flying objects” (OVNI, Oggetti Volanti Non Identificati). Result: from 2001 to 2019 it recorded almost 150 sightings, although mostly from private reports.  An Italian pilot who asks for anonymity, however, claims that “high altitude sightings are frequent. If I had to make an estimate, I would say that thirty percent of the pilots would have something to tell. I have had two experiences. The first one in a Cagliari-Rome flight in 2001, when what looked like a reflection of the sun preceded us, then came back, and finally disappeared in the clouds after less than a minute. It had an oval shape and was three or four meters wide. The second time it happened a few years later, on the border with Iran, at night. They looked like shooting stars in reverse, because instead of going down, they went up inexplicably. We had an exchange of communications with other aircraft in the area, and everyone observed the same phenomenon. The pilot never reported: “Otherwise they would have grounded me and sent me to the psychologist, with the risk of not being able to fly anymore. We must not talk about these things to the Air Force…” That there is no secret aircraft available to a foreign nation has been confirmed by several sources. First of all by American sources. As far as aerospace technology is concerned, they are never second: “I have seen practically everything that can be seen in the realm of aeronautics and nothing similar exists. In all my life, in my flight history, I have never encountered anything with that performance, that acceleration. And keep in mind that this thing was wingless” confessed to Abc News the commander David Fravor, the man who had observed the “Tic Tac” phenomenon. Above all, the most sensitive radars do not intercept them.

But what does science say about it? Professor Abraham Loeb of Harvard, astrophysicist and author of countless articles and books on the subject, says: “The existing reports of UFOs on Earth are not up to the level of control of modern science. The main reservation I express is that the evidence is always at the limit of the reliability and detection of the recording instruments. Of course, fifty-year-old photographs are expected to be blurred, but today’s photographs are expected to be sharp. Instead, even today’s UFO photographs are not accurate. For me this indicates that the sightings are made with very bad detection tools. Or perhaps they show man-made flying devices. Therefore, it becomes a matter of national security, and it is therefore clear why the Pentagon is taking the evidence. In any case, so far the UFO sightings do not advance the hypothesis of extraterrestrial civilizations close to us”. This is not how Alberto Negri, president of the Spazio Tesla Group, and the journalist Mediaset Sabrina Pieragostini, who has been involved in research on the subject for years, think. Together, in June 2020 they published the book UFO-Parlano i piloti (Mursia, 2020), which states that “we have left the realm of fantasy, and we have finally arrived in reality. UFOs are no longer a topic considered frivolous or not serious, to be ridiculed. Governments today employ their best facilities to investigate this topic and spend substantial funds per year to refine information on the subject. It is a big step forward compared to the past, even if there is still not enough transparency on the data collected”. One example is still the American task force, the aforementioned UAPTF. “It was certainly not launched in August 2020, as they say”, the two authors add. “It is a fact demonstrated by the numerous requests of the U.S. Senate to the body itself, which backdated its existence long before. Obviously, one can expect that, even when the result of their research should be made known, sensitive information will end up in the annexes, secretable for reasons of national security”.

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