In a stunning admission, the Pentagon recently acknowledged that eerie 2019 footage shot from a U.S. Navy destroyer, showing unidentified aerial phenomena (UAP), is authentic. The camera footage was shot with night vision aboard the USS Russel. It was subsequently collected by the Unidentified Aerial Phenomena Task Force – then leaked to a filmmaker named Jeremy Corbell. He asserts that the authenticity of the footage was determined by intelligence accessed from a Pentagon briefing. Officials there confirmed that the video was shot by naval personnel – but declined to discuss the matter further.
The reluctance of the Pentagon to offer elucidation on the subject is no surprise – but their admission is startlingly atypical. Institutional eye-rolling and flying saucer mockery have been a kind of parlor game or national pastime over the last half-century or more worldwide. For the Pentagon to admit – albeit with buttoned lip – that this footage is no fraud or fake is noteworthy.
Transmedium Craft of Unknown Origin
In the green overlay of the night vision camera (familiar to anyone who has seen The Silence of the Lambs or any TV shows about ghosts or Bigfoot), three orbs are seen moving in the skies above the warship. One of the three UFOs has a distinctly triangular shape, described as pyramid-like by some observers. Conjectures include the idea these might be drones of an unknown source. But others have cast doubt, noting these would have to be large drones with an ability to stay powered and aloft over hundreds of miles of ocean for a very long time.
Corbell was also in possession of footage shot from another battleship – the USS Omaha. This video showed an unidentified “spherical” craft of unknown origin. Corbell reports:
“It is noted that the ‘spherical’ craft was suspected to be a transmedium vehicle and was observed descending into the water without destruction. It is noted that the ‘spherical’ craft could not be found upon entry to the water — and that a submarine was used in the search.”
This may not be the first time the American Navy has encountered such “transmedium” vehicles. Another apparent 2015 leak from a naval archive includes a cache of stunning photographs purported to have been taken with a camera through the periscope of the submarine USS Trepang near the Arctic in 1971. They show a large craft hovering above the water, turning sideways to reveal a distinctly triangular shape, then plunging into the ocean – “without destruction.” Some noted UFO experts have called these the best photographic evidence to date of USOs (unidentified submerged objects.)
The difference between six years ago and now is that the Pentagon is acknowledging the authenticity of such leaked material, lending it the credibility it has never enjoyed. The secretive government agency also recently confirmed as real the three leaked videos of naval pilots expressing shock and awe at the unidentified craft they are tracking. In the now-famous black and white videos, the mysterious objects appear to perform physics-defying aerial maneuvers such as rotating 180 degrees in full flight. The dismay of the pilots is evident: “Look at that thing, dude!” one says – a refrain heard in such videos around the world for decades.
Another sighting by a Naval air pilot and confirmed by the Pentagon with an astonishing accompanying photograph was made on March 4, 2019. It is taken from the cockpit of an F/A-18 jet and shows a blue sky with a very large, ridged, triangular object floating mid-air like a wayward, house-sized mylar balloon. When one zooms in on the object, the language of perplexity takes hold yet again for the viewer: “What is that thing, dude?”
Drones From Rival Powers?
Liberty Nation author, J. David Patterson, may have an answer. He is a former U.S. Air Force pilot and former Pentagon staffer and describes himself as a “non-conspiracy theorist.” Patterson states:
“There have been hundreds, nee thousands of sightings of aerial phenomena that remain inexplicable. It is not beyond the realm of possibility that the Russians, Chinese, (and/or) Indians have unmanned aerial vehicles that are not governed by the “G” limitations of manned aircraft that could pull off some very spectacular maneuvers.”
Patterson also points out that the U.S. Military’s own X-47B UCAV drone looks a lot like the triangular objects frequently observed to be UFOs and suggests the possibility that what the Naval pilots are encountering in these declassified videos may be adversarial drones from a global rival. There is a broad spectrum of possibility and no hard truths, but as the TV show tagline asserts, the truth is out there.
Tinfoil hat wearers may now remove them permanently or don them proudly. They were right to be fascinated – so was the Fed. We finally understand that the government has taken the phenomenon seriously for a very long time. Project Blue Book was a covert government body established in 1952 to examine the sudden surge in UFO sightings worldwide and largely kept a secret until its dismantling in 1969. In 2007, under the aegis of then-Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, AATIP (the Advance Aviation Threat Identification Program) was established to consider these same phenomena and their military implications – then apparently disbanded in 2012.
It seems clear that the addition of the word “threat” to the study of UAPs is either a gambit to lend credibility to a traditionally derided belief by implicating foreign adversaries – or an attempt to frame unidentified aerial phenomena of unknown, possibly extra-terrestrial origin as a threat requiring a military response. Applying Ockham’s Razor to the UFO quandary asserts that the simplest explanation is usually correct. It strains credulity on its face to believe these are interstellar craft that have traveled to earth from another galaxy.
But if we systematically rule out all possibilities and are left with no other rational explanations – the thought exercise becomes trickier. Considering that many UFO reports spanning decades are made in proximity to nuclear facilities and craft worldwide, suggesting possible concern about our potential self-destruction – stark questions must be begged if we can’t explain these phenomena terrestrially:
Friend or foe? And more importantly – who’s who?
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