The Secret Navy reports
Reports of UFO activity are made by people from all walks of life. The credibility of a witness is almost always gauged by the position they hold in society.
The local drunk will be ignored while the patrolling policeman or woman will be given more credibility.
The police are trained to record their observations, this meaning a detailed and accurate report is given.
Another group trained to record their observations accurately are the military and for them things have become a little easier with The U.S. Navy drafting new guidelines for collecting information on UFO sightings.
This won’t help ufologist, as information won’t be made public. You will only know what is in a report if you have security clearance.
So what system is the navy putting in place?
According to a recent report a representative of the Navy spoke to The Washington Post. He told the mainstream publication that the reporting on UFOs would fall under “privileged and classified information” so that military aviation safety organizations can “preserve the free and honest prioritization and discussion of safety among aircrew.”
This is step in the right direction. Most who pilot in the armed forces carry on their careers in public sector aviation. Flying for commercial airlines they must adhere to strict set of rules, there have also been rules which don’t appear in writing.
One of these is the fact if you want to keep your wings you don’t report seeing anything in the sky that you cannot explain. If you do then there are some serious consequences.
One of the most famous cases is that of Japan Airlines.
November 17, 1986 a Japanese Boeing 747-200F cargo aircraft was enroute from Paris to Narita International Airport, near Tokyo.
The crew witnessed two unidentified objects to their left. These abruptly rose from below and closed in to shadow their aircraft. Each had two rectangular arrays of what appeared to be glowing nozzles or thrusters, though their bodies remained obscured by darkness. When closest, the aircraft’s cabin was lit up and the captain. One captain Terauchi, could feel their heat on his face.
These two craft departed before a third, much larger disk-shaped object started trailing them.
The flights captain signaled air traffic control and thus began the process of making an official report.
Captain Terauchi cited in the official Federal Aviation Administration report that the object was a UFO. In December 1986, Terauchi gave an interview to two Kyodo News journalists. JAL soon grounded him for talking to the press, and moved him to a desk job.
This threat of being grounded keeps many pilots from reporting what they see, could this new system of reporting introduced by the Navy see the status quo of secrecy being lifted and could this lead to more reported sightings and better investigation into the phenomena?
Let’s look at the new guidelines.
The new process for reporting “UFOs” came in response to unknown, advanced aircraft flying into or near Navy strike groups or other sensitive military facilities and formations, according to the Navy.
In a statement they said
“For safety and security concerns, the Navy and the [U.S. Air Force] takes these reports very seriously and investigates each and every report.”
The U.S. Navy will investigate and catalogue all reports of unidentified flying objects which come from its pilots. This without the prejudice or the ridicule that pilots used to face.
This may have some of you excited and it could be seen as another small step closer to full disclosure, sadly it isn’t. The information the Navy gathers will not be made public, citing privileged and classified reporting that is typically included in such files.
Joe Gradisher, a spokesman for the office of the deputy chief of naval operations for information warfare, said that the Navy expects to keep the information it gathers secret. He provided a number of reasons as to why this is saying.
“Military aviation safety organizations always retain reporting of hazards to aviation as privileged information in order to preserve the free and honest prioritization and discussion of safety among aircrew, Furthermore, any report generated as a result of these investigations will, by necessity, include classified information on military operations.”
He concluded his statement by stating
“Therefore, no release of information to the general public is expected.”
I think that they won’t be able to stop reports from being leaked, when pilots leave the service or just feel that they should speak out they will. We have seen it in the past and we will surely see it in the future.
The recording of UFO activity has been going on for the longest time and the military has been a big part of it from the start. So The Navy’s recent decision to draft formal guidelines for pilots to document encounters with unexplained aerial phenomena comes as no revelation to those of us with an interest in the subject.
The Navy has admitted that in late 2017 that the Pentagon ran a secret “UFO” office that spent $22 million over five years to collect and analyze “anomalous aerospace threats.” Funding for the office, known as the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program, or AATIP, officially ended in 2012, though operations continued. This a public admit ion to programs that ufologist have long said existed and were ridiculed as “conspiracy nuts”.
This labeling is something we should pay attention to today, this because social media is clamping down on those that speak out and they are being named as conspiracy theorist, de-platformed, removed from social media under the vague terminology of “fake news”
But let’s not get off track!!
What can we expect to see as the Navy rolls this reporting process out?
The program has already released footage from the cockpit cameras of military aircraft, the film appeared to document oval-shape vessels that resemble flying Tic Tacs.
The Navy’s formalized process for cataloguing and investigating reports from pilots would classify these unidentified craft into type, location and add them to a database of record incidents. This formal process of documentation has been welcomed by former U.S. officials who want the military to take the matter of UFOs seriously, the removal of the stigma which was found in the armed forces when a servicemen or woman reported such incidents can only lead to us learning more about the mysterious craft.
As I said earlier these investigations, even though the Navy indicated that it has no plans to release the data, unclassified portions of the information or broad overviews of the findings could become public knowledge, I am not alone in this idea according to Luis Elizondo, an intelligence officer who ran AATIP (The Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program) before leaving the Pentagon in 1997. Elizondo said.
“If it remains strictly within classified channels, then the ‘right person’ may not actually get the information. The right person doesn’t necessarily mean a military leader. It can be a lawmaker. It can be a whole host of different individuals, For example, in the future, the Navy theoretically could release broad statistics about the number of sightings and the results of the follow-up investigations without disclosing any classified information. Even if the information isn’t made available to the public, it could be reported to Congress.”
Elizondo now heads up the ‘To The Stars Academy’, with Tom Delonge and they say that 2019 might be the year of full disclosure.
Talking with The Washington Post, Elizondo supported the Navy for its policy and taking a public stance and credited lawmakers working on Capitol Hill for taking the matter seriously. He said that he expected these efforts to lead to more information gathering and sharing at the Pentagon and ultimately a better understanding of the “enigma” reported by military pilots.
Other also came out in support of the Navy.
A man who can be a bit of a divisive figure in the field of ufology Seth Shostak, said that regardless of the explanation, it’s positive that the military is collecting more data, as it could lead to a relevant discovery about technological equipment or activity by a potential enemy.
(Where would this enemy be from Seth, earth or beyond?)
Seth then back peddling said,
“The military must monitor the sky for advance technologies from countries like Russia and China, the sightings of unidentified objects, which military pilots have been reporting for decades, could have a more earthly explanation than activity by an extraterrestrial civilization.”
What do you think, will this navy reporting and classifying of unidentified aerial phenomena lead us to some answers?
Will it see the military double down on its classification of secretive technologies alien or otherwise?
Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.