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Real-life X-Files have failed to rule out the existence of aliens. The Pentagon has finally released a top-secret report on “UAPs” – unidentified aerial phenomena.
But it admits it can explain just one of 144 sightings from 2004 to 2021. Those who believe in extra-terrestrials claim the report is a “whitewash” and insist aliens live among us.
As US Editor, I visited area 51 – the highly classified American air force facility at the centre of alien conspiracy theories – and found locals refused to accept the findings.
Misty Ingram, 40, manager of the Alien Research Centre situated near the compound, said: “They know full well what is out there, but they refuse to tell us the truth.
“It’s a complete whitewash. “They want to feed us information bit by bit, to walk us into the water gradually, so as not to spark hysteria.”
A late relative of Misty, whose family originate from County Durham in England, worked at Area 51.
He once hinted he believed in alien life after what he had seen at work. Misty said: “He would never confirm if asked directly, but said he would have to kill us if he did.”
While Misty’s claims may seem outlandish, they are fuelled by the long-awaited intelligence report which neither confirms nor denies the existence of little green men.
Once openly dismissive of flying saucer sightings that for decades had sparked fervent speculation, the Pentagon finally engaged with unidentified aerial phenomena and launched an investigation that TV’s X-Files agents Mulder and Scully would have been proud of.
But, of the 144 cases reported by military pilots, spy chiefs admit they cannot explain 143 of them.
The report by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence found that many sightings were “clustered around US military bases and testing grounds”.
They couldn’t rule out the craft being from a rival power such as Russia or China amid fears Moscow or Beijing may have experimented with hypersonic technology.
But it also said some sightings could have been caused by natural atmospheric phenomena, such as ice crystals, that could in some cases register on radar systems.
The only case solved “with high confidence” was identified as a “large, deflating balloon”, the report said.
Spooks wrote: “We do not have any data that indicates that any of these unidentified air phenomena are part of a foreign collection program, nor do we have any data that is indicative of a major technological advancement by a potential adversary.”
Whatever the truth, there is no doubt that highly sensitive work goes on in Area 51 in the Nevada desert.
The highly secretive classified base looks like it is protected by little more than a chain-link fence, a few gates and threatening trespassing signs.
But they are watching. Beyond the gate, cameras see everywhere.
As photographer Andy Johnstone and I drove towards the base, we were buzzed by two Black Hawk helicopters. Within minutes of reaching the gatehouse, armed guards began to appear.
Over on a faraway hilltop, white pick-up trucks with tinted windshields could be seen peering down on everything below.
Locals in nearby Rachel say staff at the base know every gecko, black-tailed jackrabbit and coyote that roams the huge, barren desert. Others claim there are sensors embedded in the approach road, tipping off guards to any unwelcome incursion.
Only those who work there, senior military chiefs and the President know exactly what goes on inside Area 51. UFO fans complain they are still not being told the truth.
Noel Garrison, 51, from Nampa, Idaho, was on his third visit to the area as the report was released. He said: “Clearly they have something to hide – why else would they be so shady? We had hoped the report would at least validate what many of us believe – that aliens do exist – but either they are too damned afraid to let us know or they want to keep us in the dark.”
Alien Research Centre visitor Gregory Monaghan, also 51, from Duluth, Minnesota, blasted: “I expected no less. It is a shambolic waste of taxpayer money.”
He added: “We all know life beyond Earth exists. Why not just tell us the truth that other beings have found our planet? I have no doubt they are living among us now.”
America’s fixation with UFOs has its roots in July 1947 when the US Air Force allegedly recovered an alien spacecraft – and its occupants – near Roswell, New Mexico. Wild speculation has raged ever since, with many believing the wreckage is held at Area 51.
In September 2019, there was even a movement to storm the base. Called They Can’t Stop All of Us, more than a million people lent their support to the event on Facebook.
But on the day, only around 150 people were reported to have shown up. No one entered the site.
In recent years, the Pentagon has released or confirmed the authenticity of video from naval aviators showing enigmatic aircraft exhibiting speed and manoeuvrability exceeding known aviation technologies.
The experience of retired US Navy Lieutenant Commander Alex Dietrich was one of the incidents analysed in the report just released.
The fighter pilot was among several aviators from the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz involved in a 2004 encounter off California’s coast with unknown aircraft they described as resembling supersized Tic Tac breath mints.
Dietrich recalled the oblong object lacked “any visible flight control surfaces or means of propulsion”.
She said she believes the episode was “analysed in a professional, sober way” by the military chain of command after she and her colleagues were debriefed.
In the lead-up to the report’s release, US Defence Department officials made it clear that they were not making light of UFOs – or UAPs. But they also neatly avoided answering questions about any potential extraterrestrial origins.
Pentagon spokesperson Sue Gough said: “We take reports of incursions into our airspace – by any aircraft, identified or unidentified – very seriously and investigate each one.”
The report’s authors highlighted the need for better data collection about what is increasingly seen by Democrats and Republicans alike as a national security concern.
Department of Defence has said it will now develop a new strategy for collecting information on potential sightings of UAPs. But for now, it seems, the truth is still out there…
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