Insufficient Data To Prove Aliens Are Cause of Mysterious UFOs—Congress

A U.S. navy official has denied that the government has any data that suggests unidentified flying objects (UFOs) are to do with aliens—as far as they know.

The denial came as part of a much-anticipated congressional hearing into UFOs—what the government officially refers to as unidentified aerial phenomena (UAPs)—on Tuesday.

Giving testimony as part of the hearing was Scott Bray, deputy director of naval intelligence, as well as Ronald Moultrie, under secretary of defense for intelligence and security. The two gave little away about what UAPs were, stating that their characteristics remained largely unexplained.

Bray was asked by Connecticut congressman Jim Himes the question that had, up until that point, been unaddressed: "When you say 'we can't explain,' give the public a little bit [of a] better sense of where on that spectrum of 'we can't explain' we are.

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Left, a screenshot of the May 17, 2022 Congress hearing on UFOs/UAPs featuring Scott Bray, deputy director of naval intelligence. Right, a stock image of an imaginary UFO. House Intelligence/YouTube/Getty/michal-rojek

"Are we holding materials, organic or inorganic, that we don't know about? Are we picking up emanations that are something other than light or infrared that could be deemed to be communications?"

Bray replied that many UAP observations simply lacked enough data to provide a reasonable explanation, and added: "When it comes to material that we have, we have no material, we have detected no emanations within the UAP Task Force that would suggest it's anything non-terrestrial in origin."

Bray did point out that some UAPs have more data on them than others, such as cases where there have been indications of flight characteristics that he described as "not what we had expected." But for now, the idea that the U.S. government, at least within the oversight of the UAP Task Force, is aware of alien technology, remains in the realm of science fiction.

Today's UAP discussion is the first public congressional hearing about UAPs in more than 50 years.

The subject of UAPs or UFOs is a popular science fiction theme that is also considered a pseudo-scientific fringe interest.

Nonetheless, the subject has been treated seriously by the U.S. government recently. Last year, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence released a report detailing 144 reports of UAPs, largely witnessed by military aviators, between 2004 and 2021.

In today's hearing, it was said that the UAP Task Force's database has grown to include around 400 reports.

The report did not explain what any of the UAPs were—except for one which was identified as a "large, deflating balloon"—but stated that they "pose a hazard to safety of flight." The report noted that there were 11 cases of near misses between pilots and a UAP.

In some cases UAPs were observed to display "unusual flight characteristics" and were able to move quickly "without discernible means of propulsion."

The report added that "sociocultural stigmas" as well as limitations of current sensor technology are obstacles to collecting data on UAPs and officials have called for the streamlining of reporting processes to allow better investigations into the phenomena—a call that was reiterated in today's congressional hearing.