What We Know About Pentagon UFO Videos as Investigation Launched

As unnamed U.S. officials claim the Pentagon is launching a task force to monitor unidentified flying objects (UFOs), do we really know the situation when it comes to these flying saucers?

In April 2020, the Department of Defense (DOD) officially released unclassified videos of UFOs to the public after they had been previously leaked. The first of the videos was taken in November 2004 and leaked in 2007. The other two were filmed in January 2015 and subsequently published in New York Times in 2017.

According to a statement at the time, DOD says that: "The U.S. Navy previously acknowledged that these videos circulating in the public domain were indeed Navy videos. After a thorough review, the department has determined that the authorized release of these unclassified videos does not reveal any sensitive capabilities or systems and does not impinge on any subsequent investigations of military air space incursions by unidentified aerial phenomena."

The government department explains in the statement that it released the videos to clear up any misconceptions by the public on whether or not the footage that had been circulating was real. "The aerial phenomena observed in the videos remain characterized as 'unidentified,'" the statement says.

The videos are available to watch online at the FOIA "reading room."

Since the announcement in the spring, UFO sightings have seen an increase. In Canada, a researcher confirmed to Newsweek that sightings in the country had increased over 50 percent during the coronavirus lockdown. Chris Rutkowski, who studies UFOs, said that in 2019, there were 849 sighting reports. However, the number of Canadian reports between March to August was 50 percent higher than the amount reported last year during the same period.

Americans are also keen to understand what the Federal government is doing to monitor UFOs, which has previously been led by the U.S. Navy.

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The Amalgamated Flying Saucer Club of America, which headquarters in Los Angeles, released this photo taken by a member reportedly showing a flying saucer estimated at seventy feet in diameter. More UFO sightings have been logged in Canada since March 2020. Bettmann / Getty Images

One such person is Lou Dobbs, host for Fox Business, who asked President Donald Trump during an interview about UFOs. To Trump, Dobbs asks: "A lot of my friends are very concerned about what the federal government is doing with regards to UFOs, so if I could just ask you... are you going to commit more resources to exploring UFOs and open the documents to the public?"

In response, Trump said that he would be guided by "the great Lou Dobbs" who he dubbed an expert in UFOs and that he would do whatever the host would ask him to do, including "total transparency".

The U.S. government is seemingly taken things more seriously when it comes to monitoring unidentified flying objects. In mid-June, the Senate Intelligence Committee called on the Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe and Secretary of Defense Mark Esper to produce a primarily unclassified report on "Advanced Aerial Threats" such as UFOs.

"The Committee supports the efforts of the Unidentified Aerial Phenomenon (UAP) Task Force at the Office of Naval Intelligence to standardize collection and reporting on unidentified aerial phenomena, any links they have to adversarial foreign governments, and the threat they pose to U.S. military assets and installations," the Committee said. "However, the Committee remains concerned that there is no unified, comprehensive process within the Federal Government for collecting and analyzing intelligence on unidentified aerial phenomena, despite the potential threat."

Basically, the U.S. government needs to start officially monitoring UFO sightings and according to CNN this might now be a reality. Sources have told the outlet that Deputy Secretary of Defense David Norquist will help oversee this unconfirmed task force, which will investigate UFOs, and that the team will be officially unveiled over the next few days.

This task force appointment follows concerns from the Pentagon and Congress that UAPs have been flying close to U.S. military bases. According to CNN, these objects could be drones but remain unidentified.