THE Pentagon has finally released its UFO report which was slated to reveal the "truth about aliens" and US military sightings.
The long-awaited report was released late Friday afternoon, detailing what the government knows about a series of mysterious flying objects that have been observed in military airspaces over the last two decades.
The report, released on the website of the Office of the Director for National Intelligence, examined 144 reports of encounters with what the government deemed "unidentified aerial phenomenon."
Only one of those encounters could be explained by investigators by the end of the study.
Investigators also found no evidence to suggest the sightings represented either extraterrestrial life or a major technological advancement by a foreign foe, such as China or Russia.
"Of the 144 reports we are dealing with here, we have no clear indications that there is any non-terrestrial explanation for them — but we will go wherever the data takes us," a senior US official said, according to CNN.
Investigators were, however, convinced that the majority of the "unidentified aerial phenomenon" were physical objects, the official said.
"We absolutely do believe what we're seeing are not simply sensor artifacts. These are things that physically exist," the official said, adding that 80 percent of the incidents included data from more than one sensor.
11 of the cases involved a "near miss" with US personnel, investigators said.
In a statement before the report was released, Senator Marco Rubio said: "For years, the men and women we trust to defend our country reported encounters with unidentified aircraft that had superior capabilities, and for years their concerns were often ignored and ridiculed.
"This report is an important first step in cataloging these incidents, but it is just a first step," he insisted.
"The Defense Department and Intelligence Community have a lot of work to do before we can actually understand whether these aerial threats present a serious national security concern."
It was previously reported that the document might be delayed as "agencies have missed similar congressional reporting deadlines in the past; and the provision is not technically binding".
Lawmakers demanded the findings be released after some 120 incidents over the past 20 years were reported by US military.
US Navy pilots, for example, recorded objects traveling at seemingly hypersonic speeds, spinning and mysteriously disappearing.
The sheer number of what the Pentagon terms Unidentified Aerial Phenomena (UAP) has made it a serious issue.
It comes amid worries that US adversaries like China and Russia may be using unknown, highly advanced military and surveillance technologies.
"We take all incursions into our operating spaces seriously," Pentagon Spokesperson John Kirby said.
"It could potentially involve safety and or national security concerns," he added, referring to the UAP reports the Defense Department has logged.
The report, ordered in 2020, is to be submitted to Congress by the end of June by the director of national intelligence.
The main report was unclassified and made public, but there is also a classified annex that will remain secret.
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