In the wake of bombshell leaked photos and footage from the US Navy appearing to show mysterious flying objects in American airspace, and after the Pentagon declassified three such videos captured by pilots last year, US intelligence agencies are now expected to deliver a report on “unidentified aerial phenomena” to Congress next month.
Former US Senator Harry Reid has penned an article in The New York Times urging the Senate Intelligence Committee to release a report on “unidentified aerial phenomena” that lawmakers have commissioned.
In December 2020, Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) – then-acting head of the Senate Intelligence Committee – requested that the Pentagon and the US director of national intelligence investigate the Unidentified Aerial Phenomena (UAP) issue and deliver an unclassified report to Congress within six months.
News of the upcoming report sparked renewed interest in how the government has handled sightings of mysterious flying objects.
The retired American attorney and politician, who served as a United States senator from Nevada from 1987 to 2017, wrote in his article on 21 May:
Reid, who also served as Senate majority leader in 2007, worked to secure $22 million in funding for the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Programme, first made public on 16 December 2017.
The AATIP was not run by the Air Force, but fell in the area of responsibility of the Defence Intelligence Agency, and came into existence at the initiative of…