The COVID-19 pandemic relief bill passed last December included a not easily noticeable clause!

Under the headline ‘‘Advanced Aerial Threats’’, the clause obligated high national defense officials, including the national intelligence director and the defense secretary, to publish a report in which all the information about unidentified flying objects (UFOs) the government collected so far would be unfolded.

The clause instructed each governmental agency to participate in the report, regardless of the sector.

Why it happened now?

In an interview with Fox News, John Ratcliffe, a Director of National Intelligence from 2020 to 2021, said that a significantly higher number of UFOs have been documented than what was revealed so far.

He stressed that, in a lot of situations, experts were not able to detect the source of the sighting, adding that he would be able to give more details once the information he refers to becomes declassified.

The bill that included a clause was approved on December 27th last year, and beginning with that date, intelligence agencies have 180 days to send the required report to lawmakers.

If everything goes as planned, the report is expected to arrive in Congress by June this year.

Unfortunately, two factors might impede the process.

Firstly, similar deadlines were frequently ignored in the past, so it would not be a big surprise if some delays occur again.

Secondly and more importantly, the clause is not legally binding as it was attached not to the bill itself but the report about the bill issued by the Senate Intelligence Committee.

This means that there is still a huge probability that no report about UFOs would be issued by June.

An increased pressure on the government to release information about UFO came as a response to three videos released by the U.S. Navy, which depicted aircraft that surprised witnesses with its impressive flying capabilities.

Security threats

Some lawmakers expressed their worry that declassification of UFO-related information might reveal the threats posed by the U.S. enemies.

Republican Senator Marco Rubio from Florida told Miami’s CBS4 News that he is much more worried about the possibility that some of the U.S. enemies were behind the suspicious aircraft identified over the years.

Rubio was particularly concerned that the inability of the U.S. agencies to detect the source of UFOs might signal that some other group or country possesses a more advanced technology capable of eschewing the U.S. detection systems.

If the data eventually becomes declassified, it would almost certainly not give us any crucial information about life on other planets.

It might, however, appease U.S. citizens and organizations about possible threats to national security. And this, at least in the short-term, seems much more important.