On the 27th of April, the United States Department of Defence (DoD) worked up the interest of sci-fi fanatics and all those who believe in advanced life outside of our planet when they took the decisions to declassify footage of “unidentified aerial phenomena” taken by US Navy pilots in 2004 and 2017.
In their official statement regarding the matter, the US DoD stated.
After a thorough review, the department has determined that the authorized release of these unclassified videos does not reveal any sensitive capabilities or systems, and does not impinge on any subsequent investigations of military air space incursions by unidentified aerial phenomena. DOD is releasing the videos in order to clear up any misconceptions by the public on whether or not the footage that has been circulating was real, or whether or not there is more to the videos. The aerial phenomena observed in the videos remain characterized as “unidentified”.
Naturally, the three videos that show the US Navy pilot’s encounters with fast moving objects, some above water and another one above the clouds, would attract lots of interesting comments from a completely stunned world.
How The World Responded
In all likelihood, every single one of us has come across at least one die hard believer in the existence of extraterrestrial life. For those individuals who fall into this category, the Pentagon’s move to declassify this footage may well be all the proof that is needed to experience the satisfaction of being right. This is perfectly natural and is an expected reaction.
The more sceptical among us came up with reasons that include experimental technology from other countries. Also arguing that there usually are more “believable” earthly explanations for the aerial phenomena, making a point of noting that they are in fact “unidentified”.
The most interesting responses came from world leaders. The president of the United States, Donald Trump, responded to his defence ministry’s release of the footage by calling it a “hell of a video”, with the US president seeming to lean more to the sceptical side of things regarding the authenticity of the footage.
On the other side of the pacific, Taro Kono, Japan’s defence minister to draw up and implement protocols for the possibility of pilot’s encountering unidentified aerial phenomena, though he admits that the country’s air force is yet to encounter any.
Taking a Closer Look
Though the footage is out there and the US DOD assures us that is all authentic, some are still left with lingering questions and doubt. Even after hearing the amazement and intrigue in the pilot’s voice’s.
What is shown in the videos are fast moving objects that are quite difficult to discern. Beyond that we do not have much information about the incidents. These snippets alone may not be enough to convince the masses, especially when we take into consideration how long America kept stealth planes a secret. Many other nations might like to do the same when it comes to information about technologies that grant them a military advantage.
Apart from dashing away very quickly, in the same way a petty crook would when they get seen (at least that’s what it looks like), we have nothing to indicate that these objects have specific intentions, and they are being viewed from a distance.
The release of these videos leaves a bitter sweet aftertaste. One could easily take the footage as being concrete evidence of extraterrestrial life, while another on the other side of the fence could just as easily argue that the aerial phenomena and their physics defying movements seen in the video are completely random occurrences.
For some of us, seeing the videos was as good as taking one step forward and then taking one step backwards. We are still standing on the same block, where we have nothing but our own personal opinions to guide what we believe in. Not that there was ever anything wrong with that.