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A New Government UFO Report Finds No Sign Of Alien Life, Cannot Explain Over Hundred Object Sightings




US plastic artist Peter Coffin's
US plastic artist Peter Coffin's "Flying Saucer" --a 7-meter, LED-studded, SMS-controlled flying saucer and lifted by a helicopter-- overflies Ipanema beach, on May 23, 2009, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
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A long-awaited U.S. government report on UFOs released Friday makes at least one thing clear: The truth is still out there.

Investigators did not find extraterrestrial links in reviewing 144 sightings of aircraft or other devices apparently flying at mysterious speeds or trajectories. But they drew few other conclusions and instead highlighted the need for better data collection about what’s increasingly seen by Democrats and Republicans as a national security concern. In all but one of the sightings investigated, there was too little information for investigators to even broadly characterize the nature of the incident.

There were 18 cases in which witnesses saw “unusual” patterns of movement or flight characteristics, the report said, adding that more analysis was needed to determine if those sightings represented “breakthrough” technology.

Long the domain of science fiction and so-called ufologists, the subject of UFOs has in recent years drawn serious study from the Pentagon and intelligence agencies. The prospect of an adversary spying with unknown technology has alarmed lawmakers in both parties.

Congress last year required the creation of the report delivered Friday. While its lack of conclusions has already been made public, the report on what the government calls “unidentified aerial phenomena” still represents a milestone in the study of the issue.

U.S. officials who briefed reporters on condition of anonymity said there were “no clear indications” that the sightings could be linked to alien life. There is also no definitive linkage of sightings to potentially unknown technology of an adversary like Russia or China.

“It’s clear that we need to improve our capacity to further analyze remaining UAP observations, even as we accept that there are some limits to our capacity to characterize and understand some of the observations that we have,” one official said.

Today on AirTalk, we’re hearing more about the report and what questions it leaves open for future investigators. Questions? Give us a call at 866-893-5722.

Guests:

Missy Ryan, reporter covering the Pentagon, military issues and national security for the Washington Post; she tweets @missy_ryan

Marik Von Rennenkampff, served as an analyst with the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation, and was an Obama administration appointee to the U.S. Department of Defense; he tweets @MvonRen