Government UFO Report Won’t Exclude Visitors to Space | BU today

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The truth is out there, but as of yet, it doesn’t involve extraterrestrial visitors. However, it could be the technology of a foreign power.

Thus concludes a next US government report, whose broad findings leaked earlier this month, on Unidentified Aerial Phenomena (PAU), the current, less X-Files–term that sounds for UFOs. The investigation followed observations and videos recorded in recent years, by the instruments of fighter planes and the naked eyes of pilots, of objects flying at seemingly impossible speeds and causing apparently impossible maneuvers.

UFOs aren’t just the park for conspiracy theorists and sci-fi fans: NASA gives grants to famous people scientists looking for real-life ETs, and we have been scanning the skies for signs of artificial signals for decades, says Thomas Bania, a College of Arts & Sciences professor of astronomy. He is looking for the possibility of living elsewhere, with a lot in his field. (“Carl Sagan… owes me money,” he says, a debt he knows he won’t collect, because his famous colleague died in 1996.)

Bania and Jack Weinstein, professor at the Pardee School of Global Studies of International Security Practice and retired Air Force Lieutenant General, presented their perspective on the government’s findings for BU Today.

Q&A

With Thomas Bania and Jack Weinstein

BU today: Doubts about the government’s reported conclusion that recent sightings are not extraterrestrials?

Jack Weinstein: I have no expertise in UFOs except to watch Men in black. I never flew for the Air Force – I was a nuclear and space guy. [Never] did we follow something that we thought was a UFO.

What worries me about the report is that [it] said it could be the technology of a foreign power. UFO sightings dating back to the 1950s and 1960s were never a technology we later got to see from an alien power. It never materialized later in a foreign nation with such a capacity. I can’t say if they’re UFOs or not, because I don’t mean to sound like crazy, to be frank. All I’m saying is that if a foreign power developed a technology, we would later see such technology from them, either in operation or in testing.

Thomas Bania: Do any of us think these are real flying saucers from outer space? No. [But] there really isn’t enough information to assess what’s going on.

[The government] shows pictures of these objects, and they have ruled out alien technology. Yet they go on to say that these things have tremendous speeds and perform maneuvers that our technology cannot duplicate. All of these statements require that we know the distance to the target. Think of an airplane: if you look at a 747 in the sky, it doesn’t seem to be moving very fast. It travels at 600 miles an hour, but the speed at which a movie of this plane would watch [like it’s going] depends on the distance. And [the government’s] don’t tell us if they know the distance. They are not [reliable] speed and acceleration measurements unless they know the distance to the object, and they don’t tell us.

BU today: Media coverage has cited experts who doubt that the foreign technology could have been invented without our knowledge and that it could have been kept secret.

Weinstein: I won’t go that far. China has developed good technology much faster than we thought. To go back: if we believe that a foreign power has developed a technology, then we would have seen that technology later used or tested.

Bania: I agree with Professor Weinstein that until these recent reports there has never been any evidence to invoke alien technology. [as UFOs]; 90 percent of UFO reports have always had prosaic and natural explanations.

The point is, how do you interpret what these experts are responding to – the huge speeds and maneuvers? If so, I agree that we would know if anyone had developed a device capable of performing these maneuvers. I question this interpretation of the data; without knowing the distance, there would be no evidence of enormous acceleration and avionics capabilities in terms of handling.

No new technology is required here [to explain recent sightings]. We know how to build things, drones, complex electronics. Our adversaries too. You talk to someone who is responsible for over half of the UFO reports in Bergen County, New Jersey in the late 1960s – my Explorers Boy Scouts specialize in creating UFOs .

BU today: Vladimir Poutine claims have developed a super cruise missile. Is it possible that he was not boasting?

Weinstein: I don’t trust anything Vladimir Putin says. I put everything in the “fantasy” category. If a country has developed a technology that it can use militarily and that it doesn’t want anyone to know anything about, no one will ever say anything. We want to surprise the adversary on the battlefield.

Bania: I don’t think you could stealth a cruise missile on radar as far as you could a small drone, things the size you could buy at Micro Center in Boston.

BU today: What’s your best guess at what these pilots saw?

Weinstein: It could really be a UFO. I never mean that something could never be. It could be a phenomenon caused by nature, just a meteorological phenomenon. We are learning something new every day, we are flying at a higher altitude than ever before, so maybe we see things that would be different at a lower altitude.

My conclusion is this: I think anyone who believes in UFOs will see a plot if the government doesn’t say they are UFOs. I can’t believe we’re the smartest life form in the whole universe, because that means the universe is pretty dumb. If I’m an alien and can travel from other planets, I think they’d be smart enough to escape the radar.

Bania: This is just a guess, but I think these things would be electronic warfare. They’re trying to get information on what exactly our weapon systems are capable of, what frequencies they’re using, the coding of radar transmissions, things they could use to develop countermeasures to surrender. invisible to radar. It would be either Russia or China. I am more worried about China.

What they are not are little green men. If these were aliens and they had the technology to cross the stars and get to Earth, would they play these games? To what end? Land on the damn lawn of the White House and say hello.

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