{"175894":{"id":"175894","parent":"0","time":"1593011460","url":"http:\/\/www.politico.com\/news\/2020\/06\/23\/senators-ufo-government-reports-336021","category":"Monde","title":"Senators want the public to see the government's Ufo reports","lead_image_url":"http:\/\/newsnet.fr\/img\/newsnet_175894_e91186.jpg","hub":"newsnet","url-explicit":"senators-want-the-public-to-see-the-government-s-ufo-reports","admin":"newsnet","views":"26","priority":"1","length":"4638","lang":"en","content":"\u003Cp\u003E\"This issue has lacked attention from senior leaders,\" the Senate Intelligence Committee says.\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cimg src=\"http:\/\/newsnet.fr\/\/img\/newsnet_175894_e91186.jpg\" \/\u003E\u003Cp\u003EStan Honda\/AFP\/Getty Images\u003Cbr \/\u003E\nBy \u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/www.politico.com\/staff\/bryan-bender\"\u003EBRYAN BENDER\u003C\/a\u003E\u003Cbr \/\u003E\n06\/23\/2020 02:13 PM EDT\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cp\u003EThe Senate Intelligence Committee has voted to require U.S. intelligence agencies and the Defense Department to compile a detailed public analysis of all data collected on \"unidentified aerial phenomenon,\" including intrusions recorded by Navy pilots in recent years.\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cp\u003EThe provision contained in the annual intelligence authorization bill, which still needs to be adopted by the full Senate, sets up an unusually public debate on Capitol Hill about how extensively the government has been tracking high performance aircraft of unknown origin, or UFOs.\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cp\u003E\"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,\" the committee states in its report on the bill, which sets policy for the intelligence community.\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cp\u003E\"The Committee understands that the relevant intelligence may be sensitive; nevertheless, the Committee finds that the information sharing and coordination across the Intelligence Community has been inconsistent, and this issue has lacked attention from senior leaders,\" it adds.\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cp\u003EThe unclassified analysis, which can include a classified annex, is to be completed by the director of national intelligence and the secretary of defense within 180 days of passage.\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cp\u003ESenators on the panel \u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/www.politico.com\/story\/2019\/06\/19\/warner-classified-briefing-ufos-1544273\"\u003Ewere first briefed a year ago\u003C\/a\u003E about reports from naval aviators and other personnel about a series of incidents in recent years involving unidentified aircraft stalking Navy aircraft carriers off the the West and East coasts, including \u003Ca href=\"http:\/\/youtube.com\/watch?v=lWLZgnmRDs4\" target=\"_blank\"\u003E\u003Cspan class=\"philum ic-chain\"\u003E\u003C\/span\u003E a trio of videos\u003C\/a\u003E that were recently made public.\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cp\u003EThe congressional briefings were sparked by revelations in late 2017 that the Pentagon \u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/www.politico.com\/magazine\/story\/2017\/12\/16\/pentagon-ufo-search-harry-reid-216111\"\u003Ehad been investigating\u003C\/a\u003E the sightings and interviewing pilots for a number of years and had recently \u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/www.politico.com\/story\/2019\/04\/23\/us-navy-guidelines-reporting-ufos-1375290\"\u003Eissued new guidelines\u003C\/a\u003E to sailors on how to report such incidents.\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cp\u003ENow the Senate panel, chaired by Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), is directing the executive branch to centralize all relevant information about such intrusions collected from a wide range of sources, including the Office of Naval Intelligence, the FBI, satellites or other technical means, and human spies.\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cp\u003EIt also wants a recounting of how agencies share such information and who is responsible for the task; whether the aircraft in question could indicate a major technological breakthrough by a foreign adversary; and \"recommendations regarding increased collection of data, enhanced research and development, and additional funding and other resources.\"\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cp\u003ERubio's office declined a request to comment.\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cp\u003EThe move is seen as a major victory for advocates of more government research into UFOs and greater public transparency.\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cp\u003E\"It further legitimizes the issue,\" said Christopher Mellon, a former top Pentagon intelligence official and Senate staffer who has pressed for more research on the topic. \"That in itself is extremely important. People can talk about it without fear of embarrassment.\"\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cp\u003EHe said the potential implications cannot be overstated. \"Assuming the report is properly prepared and delivered, there is no telling what the impacts could be,\" Mellon said. \"That could range from revealing an unknown threat or military vulnerability to there have been probes visiting our planet, or anything in between.\"\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cp\u003EIt remains unclear how the legislation will be received by the full Senate, which has yet to take up the intelligence bill, or where the House will come down on the issue. There could also be resistance within the Trump administration, particularly regarding the requirement that the information be made public.\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cp\u003EBut what is clear is that UFOs are now on the agenda. \"If they don't respond to something like this, what do we have an intelligence community for?\" Mellon asked. \"We are talking dozens of incidents in restricted military airspace over years.\"\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cp\u003E\u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/www.politico.com\/news\/2020\/06\/23\/senators-ufo-government-reports-336021\"\u003Epolitico.com\u003C\/a\u003E\u003C\/p\u003E"}}