Former Intelligence Director says UFO report raises concern U.S. behind on military technology
As drone technology improves and privacy decreases, more reports surface regarding flyings objets and lights.
Former Director of National Intelligence (DNI) John Ratcliffe is suggesting a new Pentagon report on UFOs should raise concerns about more than alien life, saying it might highlight possible weaknesses in America's current military technologies.
“I know everyone gets caught up on the alien life and all of that, but my concern as the director of national intelligence was, if anyone, foreign adversary, regardless of how you define foreign adversary, have technologies that the United States don’t have, we need to find out more about that,” Ratcliffe stressed during an interview with Fox & Friends on Sunday.
Ratcliffe said he disclosed the existence of an unidentified aerial phenomenon task force to the Senate Intelligence Committee because "I wanted there to be greater transparency to the American people about the number of sightings of things that are unexplained."
He explained that during his time as DNI the government he learned that "Navy pilots and Air Force pilots were discouraged from reporting" UFO sightings because they thought that it would ruin their careers.
"We need to have information if there are technologies out there, and very clearly, as this most recent report reveals, the sightings are increasing, which is a good thing, because that means we’re getting more honest reporting from our Navy and Air Force pilots," Ratcliffe said. "But it gives us more information... there very clearly are now hundreds of unexplained sightings, meaning that there’s no natural phenomenon involved."
He said some of the sightings could not be mistaken for "clutter, or debris, or birds or anything else" and that the objects "demonstrate technologies that seem to defy the law of physics and capabilities that we don’t have as the world’s superpower."
"Our role in the federal government is to provide for the common defense," he added. "And we can’t do that if someone else has technologies that are better than we have."
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