Publisher Bruce Trogdon

There are a lot of security threats to America and the world right now. Hot spots in Iran, Russia, Venezuela, North Korea, the South China Sea, etc. are scary. But what if our biggest threat was actually ... UFOs?!

Before you laugh, the subject has been gaining some credence beyond the lunatic fringe lately. Even in the halls of Congress. Three more U.S. senators received a classified Pentagon briefing last week about a series of reported encounters by the Navy with unidentified aircraft. These were just the first briefings of a growing number of requests from members of key oversight committees.

POLITICO reported last week on the briefings and interviewed some senators. One of them was Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.), the vice chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee. “If naval pilots are running into unexplained interference in the air, that’s a safety concern Senator Warner believes we need to get to the bottom of it,” his spokesperson said.

The UFO subject (or “unidentified aerial phenomenon” as they are now labeled) has grown since word leaked out that the Pentagon had set up programming in 2017 to study the issue at the request of then-Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.). At that time, multiple current and former sailors and aviators were interviewed. All claimed to have encountered highly advanced aircraft that appeared to defy the laws of aerodynamics when they intruded on protected military airspace – some of which were captured on video and made public.

Congressional interest is growing again and played a role in the military’s recent decision to update the procedures for reporting such unexplained sightings.

“Navy officials did indeed meet with interested congressional members and staffers to provide a classified brief on efforts to understand and identify these threats to the safety and security of our aviators,” spokesman Lt. Commander Daniel Day said. “Navy officials will continue to keep interested congressional members and staff informed. Given the classified nature of these discussions, we will not comment on the specific information provided in these Hill briefings.”

The briefings come several days after President Donald Trump told ABC News that he had also been briefed on the reports. “I did have one very brief meeting on it,” said Trump. “But people are saying they’re seeing UFOs. Do I believe it? Not particularly.”

The reports are numerous, however. “There are people coming out of the woodwork,” said one former government official. “More requests for briefings are coming in.” Advocates of UFO investigations hope Congress will take formal steps such as requiring the Department of Defense to collect and complete a detailed analysis of data collected.

Meanwhile, even here in Ohio there has been a surge in sightings. Even in Strongsville on April 22. Reportedly, two fiery orange spheres were seen rising through the sky together. One sphere arrived and then hovered in the sky until the second sphere appeared, near the first sphere and the two ascended together. The duration was about 15 seconds.

Nearby in Stow on June 14, a resident said that they saw an object that appeared to be tumbling out of the daytime sky before it suddenly stopped, changed direction and then disappeared. The resident said the object appeared to have a linear shape but was very thin and silver. The duration was 10 minutes.

The Navy in particular does seem convinced of the existence of UFOs, telling POLITICO that there were reports of unauthorized and/or unidentified aircraft “entering various military-controlled ranges and designated air space in recent years ... For safety and security concerns, the Navy and the Air Force take these reports very seriously.”

Ryan Graves is an F/A-18 Super Hornet pilot who was interviewed in the POLITICO report. He says that multiple pilots began seeing UFOs after receiving upgraded equipment. They initially believed that they were getting bad readings, but the sightings kept happening. The objects could speed up, slow down and then reach hypersonic speeds.

“These things would be out there all day,” he said. “Keeping an aircraft in the air requires a significant amount of energy. With the speeds we observed, 12 hours in the air is 11 hours longer than we’d expect.”

So, are you convinced? Could this threat be some new technological development from another country? Could it just be another hacking of our network to mess with our heads? Or is this possibly a real alien threat that will unify the whole world a la numerous science fiction movies?

As a science fiction buff, I secretly favor the latter. How about you? Tell us your opinion about UFOs in our latest weekly Post online reader poll. “Do you believe there is any truth to the rash of UFO sightings?”

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