(CNN)– A U.S. House of Representatives panel will hold a public hearing Tuesday on “Unidentified Aerial Phenomena” (UAP), commonly known as UFOs. It’s a high-profile time for a controversial issue that has long been relegated to public policy.
The hearing, which will be broadcast live, was convened by the House Intelligence Committee’s Subcommittee on Counterterrorism, Counterintelligence and Counterproliferation, a panel chaired by Democratic Representative André Carson of the United States. Indiana.
Carson cautioned in his compromising remarks at the hearing: “At the heart of this hearing and our monitoring work is a simple idea: Unidentified Aerial Phenomena are a potential threat to homeland security. And they should be treated that way.”
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He then said: “For too long the stigma attached to UFOs has impeded good intelligence analysis. Pilots either avoided reporting (about it) or laughed at them when they did. The defense relegated the issue to the background, or swept it out of the ring altogether, fearing a skeptical homeland security community.
“Today we know better. UAPs are unclear, true. But they are real. They need to be looked at. And any threat they pose must be mitigated,” he said.
Appearing before the subcommittee as part of the proceedings are Ronald Moultrie, Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence and Security, and Scott Bray, Deputy Director of Naval Intelligence. After the conclusion of the public hearing, the panel will even hold a closed and secret briefing.
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The event is the first congressional public hearing on UFOs in decades. This comes after US intelligence agencies released a long-awaited reference in 2021 to mysterious flying objects that have moved through restricted martial space over the past few decades.
The benchmark looked at 144 reports of what the government calls a “low unidentified aberration”; the researchers were only able to explain one at the end of the study. Researchers have found no evidence that the sightings represent extraterrestrial life or a technological advancement from a foreign adversary such as Russia or China, but acknowledge that it is a possible explanation.
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Para los legislators, militares y agencias de inteligencia que trabajan en fenómenos aéreos inexplicables, la longevo preocupación con los episodios no es que la vida extraterrestrial vida visite la Tierra, sino que un adversario extranjero como Rusia o China podría introducir algún tipo de tecnología de última vivientes In the ground. American dark space unknown to the United States.
In November 2021, the field of defense announced the creation of the Government Association for the Synchronization and Identification of Airborne Objects.
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The unit said in a statement at the time that the purpose of the new software would be to synchronize US government efforts to “detect, identify and map” “objects of interest” in the restricted dark space, “detecting thus any threat in aerophagia Assess and mitigate link to flutter security home security”.
In a statement before the hearing, Carson said, “The American people stand ready and deserve to have their government and intelligence leaders seriously assess and respond to all potential homeland security risks, especially those we don’t understand. not fully.”
The Subcommittee Chairman added, “Since my arrival in Congress, I have focused on the issue of Unidentified Aerial Phenomena as a threat to homeland security and a major concern for the American manifesto to learn of these events. It will give the American people a chance to understand what there is to understand about the incidents. And I look forward to hearing from our witnesses on this critical issue.
— CNN’s Alex Rogers and Jeremy Herb contributed this reference.