COVID legislation gives Pentagon, spy agencies 180 days to spill all about UFOs

Law requires "detailed analysis of data of the FBI, which was derived from investigations of intrusions of unidentified aerial phenomena data over restricted United States airspace."

Published: December 31, 2020 11:34am

Updated: January 2, 2021 12:07pm

The $2.3 trillion COVID-19 relief and government funding bill signed into law by President Trump last Sunday was packed with billions of dollars' worth of pork, which immediately drew much criticism.

But there were other oddities tucked into the legislation, such as a 180-day countdown for the Pentagon and spy agencies to release everything they know about UFOs.

"The provision received very little attention in part because it wasn't included in the text of the 5,593-page legislation, but as a 'committee comment' attached to the annual intelligence authorization act, which was rolled into the massive bill," Fox News reported.

The comment, which came from the Senate Intelligence Committee — of which Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) is acting chairman — instructed the director of national intelligence, secretary of defense "and the heads of such other agencies" to "submit a report within 180 days of the date of enactment of the Act, to the congressional intelligence and armed services committees on unidentified aerial phenomena."

The comment added that relevant agencies need to report "observed airborne objects that have not been identified," including a "detailed analysis of unidentified phenomena data collected by: a. geospatial intelligence; b. signals intelligence; c. human intelligence; and d. measurement and signals intelligence."

The report also must contain "detailed analysis of data of the FBI, which was derived from investigations of intrusions of unidentified aerial phenomena data over restricted United States airspace … and an assessment of whether this unidentified aerial phenomena activity may be attributed to one or more foreign adversaries."

So, the clock is ticking.

"We are aware that the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence committee report on the Intelligence Authorization Act for fiscal 2021 included a requirement for the Director of National Intelligence, in consultation with the Secretary of Defense, to submit a report on unidentified aerial phenomena (UAPs) within 180 days of enactment," Defense Department spokeswoman Sue Gough told the New York Post.

In April, the Defense Department declassified three well-known UFO videos, acknowledging that they were filmed by U.S. Navy pilots.

"The Department of Defense has authorized the release of three unclassified Navy videos, one taken in November 2004 and the other two in January 2015, which have been circulating in the public domain after unauthorized releases in 2007 and 2017," the department said in a statement.

"The U.S. Navy previously acknowledged that these videos circulating in the public domain were indeed Navy videos. 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.'

"The released videos can be found at the Naval Air Systems Command FOIA Reading Room."

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