What better way to end the week than by firing up the X-Files theme and reading through a wild report on UFOs in the paper of record?
The New York Times published a new report on the Pentagon's Unidentified Aerial Phenomenon Task Force, a program "to investigate unidentified flying objects," which is primarily focused on whether other countries are using aviation technology that could pose a threat to the U.S. but that retired officials also hope "will seek evidence of vehicles from other worlds." Some of its findings are reportedly to be publicly disclosed, per a Senate committee report.
The Times describes how some former officials, including the previous director of the program, are "convinced that objects of undetermined origin have crashed on earth with materials retrieved for study," and former Senator Harry Reid told the paper, "after looking into this, I came to the conclusion that there were reports — some were substantive, some not so substantive — that there were actual materials that the government and the private sector had in their possession."
It gets even weirder, as the Times also quotes astrophysicist Eric Davis, who worked as a consultant for the program, saying that when it comes to some of the materials, "we couldn't make it ourselves." Davis even said that he briefed the Defense Department in March regarding retrievals from "off-world vehicles not made on this earth," one of those phrases that sure makes you do a double take.
Needless to say, Twitter was quick to have a mild freak-out over the article while simultaneously welcoming our new alien overlords.
I like how the New York Times now regularly publishes articles suggesting that the earth is being visited by space aliens & no one really cares because other stuff is going on. pic.twitter.com/5Z5KawyNHe
— Jeet Heer (@HeerJeet) July 24, 2020
Alien invasion couod be like the one good thing to happen in 2020 let’s not jinx it https://t.co/JxeczUQrWk
— Taylor Lorenz (@TaylorLorenz) July 24, 2020
Can the aliens stop messing around and just come down here and take over https://t.co/9Fq53rPwuo
— Rosie Gray (@RosieGray) July 24, 2020
— Frank Pallotta (@frankpallotta) July 24, 2020
— Jonah Bennett (@BennettJonah) July 23, 2020
It's not every day one reads a New York Times article containing the phrase “off-world vehicles not made on this earth". When I investigated UFOs for the UK government in the Nineties, I could only dream of such mainstream respectability for this subject.https://t.co/Jyzeil6dHs
— Nick Pope (@nickpopemod) July 24, 2020
Seems like bigger news than Taylor Swift's new album? pic.twitter.com/UFli1CwGWR
— Michael Ian Black (@michaelianblack) July 24, 2020
For those who thought 2020 was done completely melting our brains, well, have a look at the full report at The New York Times.
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