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The US military is, for the first time, sharing that they really do have UFO/UAP sightings that they cannot explain.

It is easy to underestimate the significance of this revelation. There is even at least the appearance of deliberate efforts to downplay the significance. But this revelation, at some level changes our understanding of the universe. Every possible explanation sounds crazy. All of them. Yet at least one explanation must be real.

WTF? UFOs are Real? (OK, UAPs or Unidentified Aerial Phenomena)

The US military is, for the first time, sharing that they really do have UFO/UAP sightings that they cannot explain.

It is easy to underestimate the significance of this revelation. There is even at least the appearance of deliberate efforts to downplay the significance. But this revelation, at some level changes our understanding of the universe. Every possible explanation sounds crazy. All of them. Yet at least one explanation must be real.

The answer is: Something is real.

The video to the left, shows President (2018-2016) Obama confirming there is something real and unexplained, and Marco Rubio (from the other side of politics) also confirms there is something real. A report to the US congress will be released June 2021, outlining what has been for many years covered up. The public is finally being told at least part of what is happening.

It turns out, that for decades, we have been kept in the dark. It also turns out that there is far more data than would have been expected. This doesn’t mean there are aliens, but it certainly means there is something that fundamentally changes our understanding of the universe that has been hidden.

Perspective: Could be the most consequential ‘thing’ ever?

How significant is it the US has formally acknowledged this?

The actual quote from Tucker Carlson of Fox news was “This could be the most consequential thing, to happen to this country, to this world, ever”. This may be even more astonishing than me quoting Tucker Carlson, and I never thought that would happen either.

The revelation is, not just that the US military believes these UFOs or Unidentified Aerial Phenomena exist, it is that they have overwhelming evidence, and hundreds if not thousands of records that clearly cannot be explained by known physics. And now they have not just amateur photos, but radar images.

At the very least, an explanation of the phenomena requires science beyond what is known today. We knew science struggles to understand dark matter, dark energy and how to unify quantum mechanics and gravity, yet now we learn we don’t even have sufficient understanding of what we see to explain regular phenomena here on Earth?

Just learning the science will change the world, and that is without answering, who has this science now?

Will the US Government/Military Really ‘Come Clean’?

The cynical attitude is to come to the conclusion that a report by government would never reveal anything. If there was something to hide, then they will keep hiding. However, the fact that Obama has suggested “New Religions could spring up“, suggests at least he believes something of substance is going to be reveal, something that at least changes how some people think. Obama has not been president for over 4 years, and may just be guessing, but he could also be part of the program to break news gently. The fact that he seems to believe something significant will be released, suggests at least a possibility the government/military will to some extent ‘come clean’.

It seems definite that at the very least that there is another level of things taking place, and currently, in the analogy of the cave, we are currently only seeing the shadows on the wall. At least now we know there is more than just the shadows. Something is making the shadows, and that makes the universe a different place.


Obama On the Tonight Show.

The original video is above. But here are the key words from Obama:

The truth is that when I came into office I asked, right. I was like alright, is there the lab somewhere where we’re keeping the alien specimens and spaceships. And you know, the did a little bit of research and the answer was no. So, but what is true and I’m actually being serious here, is that there are- there is footage and records of objects in the skies that we don’t know exactly what they are. We can’t explain how they move, their trajectory… they did not have an easily explainable pattern, and so you know, I think that people still take seriously trying to investigate and figure out what that is. But I have nothing to report to you today….

The Late Show with James Corden: May 18 2021.

Ok, the late show is comedy. But the words “but what is true and I’m actually being serious here” signal real information is being shared using a light hearted medium. This sharing would not be entered into lightly, and it is only with the report by the national intelligence and the secretary of defence pending, that this information is finally made public.

Obama has also said that “New Religions could spring up“, and there will be those who argue we need to spend a lot more money on weapons systems.

60 Minutes: May 17 2021.

The story of the US government’s grudging acknowledgement of Unidentified Aerial Phenomena, UAP, more commonly known as UFOs. After decades of public denial, the Pentagon now admits, there’s something out there, and the US Senate wants to know what it is. The [Senate] Intelligence committee has ordered the director of national intelligence and the secretary of defence, to deliver a report on the mysterious sightings by next month.

Bill Whitaker, 60 Minutes.

Luis Elizondo, following 20 years in US military intelligence, was appointed in 2008 to the “advanced aerospace threat identification program”, which he resigned from in 2017. Luis seems to have played a role in the the declassification of several previously classified videos captured by US military personnel that show currently unexplained ‘aerial phenomena’, which in turn seem to have played a role in the public acknowledgement, a upcoming report.

I am not telling you that it doesn’t sound whacky, what I am telling you is it is real.

Luis Elizondo on 60 minutes

Former Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe.

“There are a lot more sightings than have been made public. Some of those have been declassified,” Ratcliffe said. “And when we talk about sightings, we are talking about objects that have seen by Navy or Air Force pilots, or have been picked up by satellite imagery that, frankly, engage in actions that are difficult to explain. Movements that are hard to replicate that we don’t have the technology for or traveling at speeds that exceed the sound barrier without a sonic boom.”

Ratcliffe added that government officials have attempted to find a “plausible solution” for the UFOs — but admitted “there are instances where we don’t have good explanations for some of the things we’ve seen.”

“There have been sightings all over the world,” Ratcliffe explained. “When we talk about sightings, the other thing I will tell you is, it’s not just a pilot or just a satellite, or some intelligence collection. Usually we have multiple sensors that are picking up these things, and some of these are unexplained phenomenon, and there is actually quite a few more than have been made public.”

The Blaze: Former Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe

The Report.

More on the report to be added during June as in theory the report is released.

It has been revealed that the US does have well documented sightings that cannot be explained, but what is not clear is how long ago the earliest of these occurred. Recently released footage is said to contain leaks, and there is the suggestion that not all events have the same explanation.

Private briefings having taken place, it appears:

Press coverage.

2023: Hearings

2023 Other:


  • Washington post: Those UFO videos are real.
  • CNN: US Navy just confirmed these UFO videos are real.
  • Crikey: From UFO to UAP: how flying saucers became legitimate.
  • Business Insider: Pentagon confirmed that a video showing a triangular UFO is real.

What is weird.

Most of us have for our entire lives heard reports of sightings that cannot be explained, only to be told that in fact all sighting can be explained. That people making these reports were all crazy. There have been US government/military studies into UFOs dating back at least as far as Project Sign in 1948 and the subsequent Project Grudge and then Project Blue Book from 1952 to 1969.

So now there is confirmation, that at least more recent sightings cannot so far be explained.

The big question then becomes, why have not only the US government, but all governments around the world, participated in keeping this secret? Why has no one government came out and said “there are unexplained sightings”? It is not like every government is so friendly with the US that they just do whatever the US wants.

Individuals who come forward have always been discredited, has it been that even governments have felt to come forward would be to be discredited?

Either more governments will soon also release information, or there is another twist.

Fakes and Mistakes.

There are many report of sightings, even going back centuries.

Clearly, even from Readers Digest’s “Most Chilling UFO sightings“, there is a clear likelihood at least some of the stories are either fakes or mistakes.

People following up on stories, get 100s of reports per day. Surely most of them must be easily explained.

It does seem most stories are very fanciful. The problem is, others are creditable, or at least by people who should be creditable. They are just not verifiable.

But some is real, what data is real?

(this section to be updated as I continue to research examples)

What data has not been found (at least so far).

Barack Obama revealed there is no “lab somewhere where we’re keeping the alien specimens and spaceships“. At if the US has one, then even the president is not in the loop. I believe that Obama would not volunteer false information, so it is clear the president is not aware of alien specimens or spaceships. The reality is, even if alien spacecraft have visited Earth, that does not make it logical that aliens have visited. Just as humans have visited Mars, Venus, and even asteroids, made observations on planets and dwarf planets more distant than Pluto, without humans being present for either landings or in the observing spacecraft. I am not suggesting these must be alien spacecraft, just that even if they were, it does not mean aliens have been here in person.

The comments by Obama do not rule out material having been found that we cannot discover, or even evidence of spacecraft having landed, or even alien artefacts. It just rules out the US government or military having spacecraft.

It is also clear we are not getting the full story. Some data sought under freedom of information illiced the following response:

In response to a Freedom of Information Act request sent by researcher Christian Lambright seeking more information on the incident, the Navy said it had “discovered certain briefing slides that are classified TOP SECRET. A review of these materials indicates that are currently and appropriate Marked and Classified TOP SECRET under Executive Order 13526, and the Original Classification Authority has determined that the release of these materials would cause exceptionally grave damage to the National Security of the United States.”

Vice, Nov 2020: The Navy Has Secret Classified Video of an Infamous UFO Incident.

There now is some evidence which has been declassified, or released under freedom of information, and it is difficult to imagine what further data could available that is so further compelling that it must still remain secret, but even the report to congress will have a classified annex. So, not all is about to be revealed.

However, even that some evidence is now ‘in the open’, means that serious efforts to study what is happening can now take place.

Why The Fuzzy Photos, even from the military?

Even the military images seem low resolution, fuzzy, and monochrome. Why?

Conventional photographs work best when we can recognise the subject. With photos, there is a lack of depth information, which intelligent algorithms can resolve by recognising the data. Autonomous driving systems are best with cameras rather than LIDAR because objects need to be recognised for intelligent choices. However, what about when you can’t recognise the object no matter what? Then you need distance, and it is best to control the light source to remove possible illusions.

This means the best data has been captured by RADAR. Radar is inherently low resolution because the longer wavelength of radio waves compared with visible light. To get a higher resolution image, higher frequency radio (e.g. mmWave) or visible light spectrum (LIDAR) would be required. The RADAR systems were also designed to detect objects that can be recognised. Using higher frequencies gives better resolution but the signal can be attenuated by cloud, fog or just distance unless the air is perfectly clear. The optimum solution is imaging RADAR sensors designed for UAP detection, in addition to current RADAR which is optimum for defence purposes.


There is definitely radar and video footage of ‘phenomena’ that cannot be explained. Since there are both video and radar footage for the same events, these phenomena, within the limits of current science, can only be physical objects, yet their acceleration and movement is beyond our current technology.

No footage that has been released, has clear sightings at close range, with the clearest images being radar, and radar is inherently relatively low resolution.

McMinnville UFO photographs, and other civilian evidence.

The ‘McMinnville photos‘ taken back in May 1950, are some of the most controversial, as, unlike more recent confirmed military data, there opinions on their veracity vary. These photos are probably the best civilian data, but still there is some uncertainty. On one hand, it is very difficult to image the couple who took the photos having an motive, or technology to produce ‘fake’ photos, nor did they personally promote or profit from the photos, on the other hand, it does not meet the same standard as data collected by the military.

Given that it is now established that governments and/or military does have conclusive evidence there is something, it seems almost certain that some civilian evidence would also be real. But on the other hand that does not rule out the vast majority of civilian sightings just having simple explanations. However which evidence is real and what is not is far more difficult to ascertain. Despite it seeming illogical that person who took the McMinnville photos could manipulate the image, the only flying saucers collaborated by military evidence, were those the US Military was designing.

2004 Nimitz ‘Incident’.

This youtube video shows an F18 Hornet first tracking a seemingly ‘tic tac’ shaped object, before the object turns and accelerates in a manner that defies current technology, and giving the lack of energy signature, our current understanding of physics.

The Raw Data.

Triangular UFO Footage: USS Russel, July 2019.

As well as the ‘tic tac’ shape, there is also the ‘triangular’ shape, captured by military.

More ‘Ball’ or ‘Top’ Shaped.

Other videos, as these photos take by FA18 pilot in March 2019, show what is at least a third shape.

Individuals and ‘Fleets’.

One video has a pilot commenting, “there is a whole fleet of them’.


It seems it is not only just the US military that has recorded events.

They are also Frequent.

One Navy pilot stated “you see things like that every day“. And when asked “everyday for a couple of years”, he indicated yes. This could be taken as least as ‘very frequently’.

Analysing The Data.

When these phenomena were first observed and compared to our technology at the time, people were convinced such objects must be manned. With our current level of technology, it would seem more logical that such objects would be not manned, and would instead operating under robotic, or remote control. That is, is they are artificial.

There has been the suggestion that UFO sightings are linked to natural disasters.

Not the UFOs do not just fly, there is significant evidence they also swim, both from in terms of military footage, and other data.

There are several different shapes.

There is also a question of size. It is very difficult for me to determine scale from the military footage, but that data would be there. There have been claims of even fleets of UFOs up to 1.5 km long.

So What Are these UAPs? Alien or Not?

Foreign Military Technology. (e.g. Chinese or Russians).

Defence Implications.

“Things that the media and the public weren’t told, so for example former director of national intelligence John Ratcliffe just threw into the conversation that there is satellite imagery of all this and some of the speeds being reported seem to blow the theory about foreign drones out of the water. …. [then in response to is this being recorded by the military] Yes, absolutely, it’s pilots, it’s radar operators, it’s satellite data, it’s measurement and signal intelligence, there’s such a lot of data now, so much that the U.S. Navy has instructions for its pilots on what to do if they encounter these things.

Nick Pope: Former UK defence official.

The implication is there that the data enables a very high degree of confidence that the idea that a contemporary military force could possibly have this level of technology is ‘blown out of the the water’. The acceleration of the craft are so high, and the lack of evidence of any known form of compulsion so compelling, that it becomes clear these ‘phenomena’ are not propelled by any mechanism known to physics at this time. While another military could have more advanced weapons, this even requires another country to have advanced the field of physics, all under the secrecy of a countries military operations. This is completely outside how science has ever progressed in the past, and this needs new science, not just new weapons.

“If it were a spying operation then we should see the consequence of it that in some of our actions and I’m not aware of anything that suggests that whatever is looking at us or running around … is affecting our intelligence community to date, because if they were, we would know it,” he said.

University of Southern California Professor Madhu Thangavelu : Speaking to Insider.


There are claims that various physicists have been working on anti-gravity, and one key name is ‘Ning Li’, who supposedly was working for the US department of defence, but then supposedly disappeared to China, where her work has possibly continued.

Literally Alien, as in ‘not from here’, but of origin unknown?

There are different meanings to the world ‘alien’. At one time in Airports in the UK, there was a specific queue for ‘aliens’, Sting sang about being a legal alien in New York. All it takes to be an alien, is to be from somewhere else.

The phenomena come and go. There is no place or habitat we can identify. No environment known to humans where would search, expecting to find these phenomena. We can only wait until they come to us. Of course, given there has only been one sighting of a live giant squid that I am aware of in recent years, so the phenomena could normally exist in some equivalent of the deep ocean, but it seems unlikely. When we do not observe these phenomena, they must be elsewhere, and wherever that ‘elsewhere’ is, it makes sense that is where they are from.

Thus the phenomena seem to ‘alien’ in the sense they are not from here, without answering the question, “where from then?”.

Or Just Some Illusion?

The ability of US Navy pilots to the detect the UAPs improved in 2014 when new infra-red radar tracking became available. This system uses infra-red image detection, and then radar to lock onto the object. Note that while infra-red tracking is picking up infra-red wavelength emitted by an object because of heat or radiation from the environment, RADAR (RAdio Distance And Ranging), emits radio signals to an object and picks up those exact signals being reflected back by the object. This means while a hologram could trigger the infra-red detection, it would not then appear on RADAR. While we are dealing things we do not understand, clearly to detect the signal from the RADAR and send a signal mimicking the RADAR back, requires either an object to really exist, or sufficient questioning of reality that it becomes as likely that pilot was tricked into thinking he is a pilot and actual flies planes. Yes, all of reality can be questioned, and to question something that appears on both infra-red and RADAR, is at the same level as questioning all of reality. In summary, if these are not objects, then we cannot trust our concept of anything.

Aliens from another Time or Dimension?

This is a stretch. From another time would be from a future time, as we he have not the technology to create these phenomena in the past. We do not know that is such other dimensions exist, nor if they did interdimensional travel would be possible, and nor do we know if travel into the past would be possible. Of course, the behaviour it is observed that the phenomena posses already requires physics we don’t yet understand.

Aliens from ‘Outer Space’? Can’t be ruled out ..yet.

New science is required, but we do seem to have evidence of new science.

I have seen articles claiming that is clear “The UFOs aren’t aliens“, but such arguments tend to be based on the the alien technology paradox, that unless there is evidence of technology beyond our understanding, they are not aliens. But it can’t be aliens because the technology they required is beyond our understanding. Unless we see them doing things we don’t understand, they are not aliens. And they can’t be aliens, because we don’t understand how they could get here.

One problem is, that there seem to be just so many of these phenomena. If they are aliens, or their spaceships or the more likely case, drones, then why do there seem to be so many? They only way we understand for them to get here would mean it would be too hard to send so many drones or ships.

Consider how crazy it would seem to an 18th century person, for someone to travel half-way around the world for a one day meeting? Yet, I have done that, in part because it no longer requires a 9 month journey at sea, as it did in the 18th century. Note in the 18th century and less than 250 years ago, the ‘first fleet’ took 250 days to reach Australia from England. Now a journey that once took over 250 days, can now be completed in one day.

It is possible that there are aliens who consider a trip to Earth as nothing difficult. I am not saying this is what is happening, but it is possible. There do seem to be too many sightings for aliens who find the trip formidable to make the journey so often, so if it is aliens, then to them the trip is not formidable. We already know we are seeing evidence of technology beyond our current understanding, why not also in terms of how easy the trip becomes.

The behaviour of the UAPs could be explained if it would be possible to control negative gravity, which at least based on the accelerating expansion of the universe, is at least real physics. So are wormholes. We can think of ways this might be done, we just do not know if it can work.

Another puzzle is that SETI has not found evidence of one single radio transmission, but if these are aliens, they cannot be so rare we would miss them. Unless they don’t use radio. If so, puzzle solved. Thinking about it, it was always possible that our fascination with radio photons for communication, is only a phase that a ‘pre-space’ society goes through. Given the speed of light limitation, which could be overcome by using quantum entanglement or some other communication better able to cross the distances between stars, there may be far better alternatives.

So, if these are ‘outer space’ aliens, then two, maybe three new steps in science are required:

  • Ability to travel through vast distances of space routinely.
  • Ability to manoeuvre in the air, and possibly also in water, with incredible acceleration and no indication of any method of propulsion, suggesting the power of anti-gravity.
  • Ability to communication without detectable radio or other electromagnetic signals.

However, if there are no aliens who could be visiting, does that mean all civilizations die at this point?

The Science: What Can We Learn From What We Know?

One interesting concept is that just by observing these phenomena, we could learn what to look for, even if we don’t learn immediately how thing work.

We can learn the objects can move to supersonic speed without creating a sonic boom. That objects can acceleration without evidence of energy, in a manner than suggests manipulating spacetime. Just knowing these things are possible can help us find the underlying physics. In the same way that if you know an object can be found in a particular room, it helps focus on the search.

Some discussion here.

The Conspiracy Problem.

The Report is born from deception.

Can you now trust people who have not been open in the past?

One problem with the entire ‘revelation’, is that underlying this report is a declaration that there has been effectively ‘a conspiracy’ to keep information from the public in the past. Even perhaps deliberately mislead the public. So how can we trust the information from these very people who are admitting they a track record of having misled the public, or by hiding information allowed the public to be mislead.

Known Real Conspiracy Theories.

  • Light Bulbs.
  • UFOs: Governments all maintain secrecy on UFOs?
  • Russel Brand has loads of them, some do have some truth.
  • Edward Snowden did uncover some real ones.


conclusion still to come


  • *2023 July 28 : New hearings.
  • 2021 June 1: Commenced.