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(TMU) Opinion – UFOlogy has had a huge resurgence in recent years, buoyed primarily by three new Navy UFO videos released first by The Stars Academy of Arts & Sciences, a company co-founded by former Blink-182 musician Tom DeLonge, and ushered into the mainstream by a New York Times investigation that started in 2017.

This year, the Pentagon confirmed the existence of the videos, which show the so-called “tic-tac” UFOs. To be clear, the government has not said the videos necessarily show alien craft but rather that the videos are authentic records of some kind of unidentified aerial phenomena.”

To many, this was an extraordinary admission by a governing body that has historically been maniacally secretive and tight-lipped on the issue of UFOs.

The newest military “hazard reports” disclose new details about the size and shape of the anomalous objects:

“The unknown aircraft appeared to be small in size, approximately the size of a suitcase, and silver in color,” reads one 2014 report.

A 2013 report describes a craft that “had an approximately 5-foot wingspan and was colored white with no other distinguishable features. Due to the small size, the aircraft was determined to be a [unidentified aerial system].”

The disclosures have effectively created an entirely new atmosphere of intellectual open-mindedness around an issue that for decades has been mired in condescending stigmatization. An idea that has traditionally been regarded as a ‘career killer’ in most academic circles is suddenly receiving renewed scientific interest.

Are we receiving visits from a sentient alien intelligence with technological advances that would appear magical to us?

Critics maintain the objects in the videos could be top-secret drones (perhaps even AI-powered drones). However, many technology and aviation analysts maintain that the speeds and aerodynamic maneuvers demonstrated by these crafts vastly exceed what is currently possible for man-made aerial machines. One fighter pilot reported observing a craft that dropped from 80,000-ft to around 28,000-ft in only seconds and reached speeds of 19,000 miles per hour.

Upon seeing the tic-tac UFOs, the original pilots reported by the New York Times exclaimed, “Wow, what is that, man? Look at it fly!”

“These things would be out there all day,” said Lt. Ryan Graves, a 10-year Navy pilot who later reported his sightings to the Pentagon and Congress. “Keeping an aircraft in the air requires a significant amount of energy. With the speeds we observed, 12 hours in the air is 11 hours longer than we’d expect.”

Other reports of the unidentified aerial phenomena describe them shooting into the sky and instantly making 90-degree turns at incredible speeds without any apparent mode of propulsion. One Navy aircraft “passed within 1000 [feet] of the object, but was unable to positively determine the identity of the aircraft.”

In other words, either it’s aliens or human governments have access to technology exponentially superior to anything in the private sector.

With a craft the size of a suitcase, the first thing that comes to mind is a drone–but given the speeds and aviation technology reported, who’s to say this isn’t an alien drone, an extraterrestrial-made AI probe from light-years away, or other dimensions?

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