Congress to hold 1st hearing on UFOs in over 50 yearsAlmost a year after a long-awaited U.S. intelligence report on UFOs provided few answers to what military pilots had encountered in more than 140 incidents, top Pentagon officials will face Congress on Tuesday in the first hearing in more than 50 years focused on UFOs.
The intelligence report could only explain one of the military's 144 encounters with Unexplained Aerial Phenomena, the military's new term used to describe UFOs, reported since 2004. That report did not contain the words "alien" or "extraterrestrial" and said that the unexplained UAP incidents would require further study. Still, it did say that most of the phenomena were likely physical objects.
Appearing before a House Intelligence subcommittee on Tuesday will be Ronald Moultrie, the Pentagon’s top intelligence official and Scott Bray, the deputy director of Naval Intelligence, who will be asked by members of Congress if there are any updates.
Committee chairman Rep. Andre Carson, D-N.Y., tweeted last week that "Americans need to know more about these unexplained occurrences."
At the hearing, the defense officials are expected to play videos of some of the encounters that military personnel have had with UAPs to demonstrate how investigators try to determine what is going on in the incidents, according to a U.S. official.
The public's renewed interest in UFOs has been sparked in recent years by the leaks of once classified videos and the Navy's declassification of videos that recorded its pilots' encounters.