To many, the long-awaited UFO report released by the Pentagon late last month came as a disappointment. Months of waiting earned us a nine page report that more or less confirmed what we already suspected: the US government has no idea what a series of strange “Unidentified Aerial Phenomena” (UAPs) could possibly be.
Reports of strange sightings made by US military pilots emerged after The New York Times published a series of mysterious videos in 2017, captured by military personnel and showing unidentified objects that seemed to defy the laws of physics. The June report, though, did little to clarify what the videos showed, reports Futurism. “The limited amount of high-quality reporting on unidentified aerial phenomena (UAP) hampers our ability to draw firm conclusions about the nature or intent of UAP,” it read.
But to Christopher Mellon, former deputy assistant secretary of defense for intelligence during the Clinton and George W. Bush administrations, the report is far more insightful than it may appear on the surface - and a reminder that we may be looking at a massive failure in national security.
“In my view, the UAP report’s findings strengthen the case for the alien hypothesis by undermining the main alternatives and providing examples of capabilities we cannot emulate or even understand - precisely what one would expect if any of these reports involve genuine alien technology,” Mellon wrote in a blog post on his personal website.
That flies in the face of how the media reacted to the outcome. Major outlets generally tended to interpret the news as more evidence that aliens have not, in fact, come to visit us.