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Defense UAP Report Suggests Another Cover up

In March 2024, the Department of Defense's All-domain Anomaly Resolution Office (AARO) released a groundbreaking report that comprehensively reviews nearly eight decades of U.S. Government and military encounters with Unidentified Anomalous Phenomena (UAP), a term now preferred over the traditional "UFOs". The 63-page report represents an unprecedented effort by the U.S. military to address a topic that has long been shrouded in mystery, speculation, and, often, skepticism.

The report's release has caused more controversy, with accusations of another government cover-up in response to the recent UAP disclosure that indicates the opposite. The investigation has given no real credence to previous testimony. Whilst science is always looking to explain things with a body of evidence that is empirical in nature, the lack of empirical evidence seems to be the excuse to take the position claimed in the report.

Key Highlights from the Department of Defense UAP Report

An alien and a UFO in a dark forest. UAP Report
An alien and a UFO in a dark forest.

AARO's report delves into historical records and U.S. Since 1945, the government has been diligently implementing programs specifically designed to delve into the realm of unidentified aerial phenomena (UAP). The primary aim of these initiatives is to meticulously investigate and gain comprehensive insights into our nation's intriguing encounters with these extraordinary phenomena.

In a statement released on March 8th 2024, the Pentagon Press Secretary Maj. Gen. Pat Ryder stated the following in the release;

‘To date, AARO has found no verifiable evidence for claims that the U.S. Government and private companies have access to or have been reverse-engineering extraterrestrial technology. Also, AARO has found no evidence that any U.S. Government investigation, academic-sponsored research, or official review panel has confirmed that any sighting of a UAP represented extraterrestrial technology. All investigative efforts, at all levels of classification, concluded that most sightings were ordinary objects and phenomena and the result of misidentification. AARO assesses that all of the named and described alleged hidden UAP reverse-engineering programs provided by interviewees either do not exist; are misidentified authentic national security programs that are not related to extraterrestrial technology exploitation; or resolve to a disestablished program. The report unequivocally states there is no verifiable evidence that any UAP sighting is linked to extraterrestrial technology or that the U.S. Government or private entities have ever accessed such technology. This finding challenges a core belief held by many in the UAP community about the government's possession of alien technology​​.’

What has caused further controversy is not only what is in the report but when you read the above statement you can quickly read between the lines. What is not being admitted to could be construed as not admitting it, but also not claiming it does not exist. The words are chosen carefully. As an example, “no verifiable evidence” can be understood in more than one way, and it does not seem to be a blatant denial. Yet the investigations in the report remain questionable.

Government UAP Programs

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The investigation also looked into claims of secret government programs dealing with UAPs that were not reported to Congress. It concluded that such programs, if they ever existed, were likely misidentified projects unrelated to extraterrestrial technology​​.

Public Safety and Health Implications

Reflecting on the safety concerns, the report acknowledges the flight risks posed by UAPs but states that there have been no known collisions. It also notes the potential health implications of UAP encounters, though no direct adverse effects have been confirmed​​.

Increased UAP Reporting

The report notes an uptick in UAP reporting, attributing it to the reduction of stigma around the topic and the establishment of formalized reporting mechanisms by military personnel​​.

Controversies and Reactions

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The report's release has not quelled the controversy but rather stoked the flames of an ongoing debate regarding the nature of UAPs and how the government handles their investigation. Critics argue that the report's dismissive tone towards the possibility of extraterrestrial origins for some UAP sightings does not align with numerous credible reports from military personnel and pilots. They also contend that the report's findings seem to preclude, without sufficient justification, the possibility of non-human technology being observed in our airspace.

Elizondo and Grusch's Stance Against the Pentagon

Prominent figures like Luis Elizondo, a former Pentagon official who ran the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program (AATIP), and David Grusch, a former U.S. Air Force intelligence officer, have been at the forefront of advocating for transparency and rigorous investigation into UAPs. Their united front against the Pentagon's handling of the UFO phenomenon underscores a significant rift between government bodies tasked with national security and those who have been part of the investigative process but seek more openness. Elizondo and Grusch argue that the government's approach to UAPs, as reflected in the report, lacks the comprehensive and open-minded investigation that the phenomenon warrants. Their contention is that the phenomenon's potential implications for technology, national security, and understanding of physics are too significant to dismiss or simplify as misidentifications or prosaic aerial objects​​​​.

Impact and Future Directions

The Department of Defense report, despite its detailed analysis and conclusions, has opened new avenues for debate and inquiry. It highlights a growing need for transparency and collaboration between the military, government bodies, and the scientific community in investigating UAPs. The report's call for improved data collection and analysis methods points towards an ongoing effort to understand the phenomena better.

Moreover, the report has implications for national security, aviation safety, and scientific inquiry. It emphasizes the importance of developing sophisticated sensors and data analysis tools to enhance the identification and understanding of UAPs. Additionally, the inclusion of provisions in the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2023, aimed at improving government transparency on UAPs and providing protections for whistleblowers, signifies a legislative acknowledgement of the importance of the UAP issue​​.

Final Considerations

While the 2024 Department of Defense UAP report has provided valuable insights into the government's understanding and handling of UAPs, it also highlights the complexities and challenges inherent in studying phenomena that defy easy explanation. It is not about empirical evidence and this goes way beyond scientific analysis. It is important to tackle the UAP issue with balanced research that spans personal experience and personal testimony. These should be approached from an evidential perspective and considered experiential in nature. This is very reminiscent of William James who posits a ‘Pragmatic Theory of truth’ which asserts that truth can be understood from an experiential approach. This means that weight should be given to relevant experience as potential evidence.

The controversies and discussions it has spurred are indicative of a broader societal and governmental grappling with the unknown, underscoring the need for continued investigation, open dialogue, and a willingness to confront the mysteries that lie at the fringes of our scientific understanding and aerospace defense capabilities.

“Just because you can’t see the air that you breathe, does not mean it does not exist” Jock Brocas

My personal opinion is that it is not cut and dried, and there’s no definitive stance from the department of defense. The way that it is portrayed leaves it open to interpretation. One particular interpretation falls into the realm of skeptical belief and the DOD has perhaps fed that animal. However, the other interpretation whilst not founded on empirical evidence will be weighed against experience and evidential patterns as found in Near-Death Experience research.

References:

Statement From The Department Of Defense

All-domain Anomaly Resolution Office (AARO)

AARO Report

James, William, 1907 [1975], Pragmatism: A New Name for Some Old Ways of Thinking, New York and London: Longmans, Green & Co.; reprinted Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1975.

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