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Sep. 19–UAPs are the new UFOs.
“Unidentified aerial phenomena” is the latest term assigned to the objects that have been sighted by pilots for years, but until now more or less dismissed publicly by the U.S. Navy.
But now the Navy has confirmed that these UAPs are real, and unexplained, and not necessarily aliens.
Nevertheless the news is exploding over the internet.
“The Navy designates the objects contained in these videos as unidentified aerial phenomena,” said Joseph Gradisher, spokesman for the deputy chief of naval operations for information warfare, disclosed to a government-document repository called the Black Vault blog last week.
The blog, started by John Greenewald Jr., consists largely of documents obtained under the Freedom of Information Act.
Outlets are steering clear of conflating “unidentified” with “alien,” but barely.
Popular Mechanics said the Navy stated that “the clips should have never been released to the public in the first place,” while The San Diego Union Tribune pointed out the proximity of this disclosure to the upcoming “Storm Area 51” event at which people plan to storm a remote Air Force Base in Nevada to ferret out the evidence of aliens that conspiracy theorists suspect is hidden there.
Gradisher told The Washington Post that UAP was not a new term but was being used instead of the more evocative UFO — partly to encourage pilots to report such sightings without appearing nutty. He said they could very well be a type of drone, operated by regular old humans.
Regardless of what they are, he said, they are in our airspace.
“All of this is about incursions into our training ranges by what we’re calling UAPs,” Gradisher told the Post. “These incursions cause a hazard to the safety of our aviators and the security of our operators, and that’s what the Navy’s investigating, these range incursions.”
Three videos were procured and published between December 2017 and March 2018 by To The Stars Academy of Arts & Science, founded by former Blink-182 guitarist Tom DeLonge, showing fast-flying and extremely agile objects that appear to move of their own volition. They were captured by sensors on military aircraft, both with and without human corroboration.
In two of the videos, pilots can be heard exclaiming about how fast they’re going against a strong wind.
Gradisher emphasized that this new transparency is not about tracking down E.T.
“This is all about frequent incursions into our training ranges by UAPs,” he told CNN. “Those incursions present a safety hazard to the safe flight of our aviators and the security of our operations.” ___
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