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Former Director of National Intelligence, John Ratcliffe, speaks out about the UFO phenomenon

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John Ratcliffe was the United States Director of National Intelligence, between May 2020 and 20 January 2021, under the Trump administration. On 19 March 2021, he was interviewed by Maria Bartiromo, on FOX News Primetime. The following is a transcript of that segment, prepared by myself from a full length version, kindly supplied by Giuliano Marinkovic. This version is longer than the version being circulated on such social media sites as Twitter.


MB - Joining me right now, is the former Director of National Intelligence, John Ratcliffe. John it is great to see you tonight. Thank you such much for being here.

JR - You bet, Maria.

MB - John, you have seen, in your role, the most intelligence that anybody has seen other than the President, as the Director of National Intelligence. I have been wanting to ask you this next question for a while. I want to ask you about UFOs - Unidentified Flying Objects. The Pentagon is going to come out with a report by June 1st, and in the $2.3 trillion dollar omnibus appropriations legislation passed in January, it includes the Intelligence Authorization Act; money for the Pentagon to continue investigating UFOs. John, we are going to get this report June 1st, Can you tell us, have Unidentified Flying Objects been seen?


Airliner encountered unidentified fast-moving cylindrical object over New Mexico

The event, and the pilot's reaction to it, are remarkably similar to one that occurred in the same general area a few years ago.

American Airlines Flight 2292, an Airbus A320 flying between Cincinnati and Phoenix on February 21st, 2021, had a bizarre close encounter with what its crew described as a "long cylindrical object that almost looked like a cruise missile" moving extremely fast over the top of their aircraft as it cruised along at 36,000 feet and 400 knots. The incident occurred over the remote northeast corner of New Mexico, to the west of the tiny town of Des Moines.

Steve Douglass, an experienced radio interceptor and the proprietor of Deep Black Horizon, told The War Zone that he was recording from his arsenal of scanners when he heard the strange transmission. The War Zone has reviewed over an hour of audio that Douglass has provided to us from before and after the strange radio call. We are working to authenticate it from the FAA and get further information and comment from the agency on the event. We have also reached out to American Airlines for any additional details they can provide.

Comment: UPDATE: American Airlines have confirmed the incident. Update from The Drive:
American Airlines Confirms Encounter With Unidentified Cylindrical Object Over New Mexico

Less than 48 hours after our initial reporting on an outright strange incident involving American Airlines Flight 2292 as it flew at 36,000 feet over the northeastern corner of New Mexico on February 21st, 2021, we have confirmation that the event in question did indeed occur and that it is being investigated by the FBI. The incident involved pilots of the Airbus A320 being buzzed by an unidentified cylindrical-shaped object moving at high-speed, which resulted in them querying the FAA's Albuquerque Air Route Traffic Control Center.

The confirmation of the event comes to us from American Airlines. On the day of the incident, we asked the company to confirm it and for any additional information regarding it, including after-action reports, and if the pilots were available to discuss it.

The first reply didn't support the evidence in hand, with a communications representative for the company replying:
At this time, we do not have any indication the radio transmission was from the flight crew on board American Airlines Flight 2292 on Feb. 21.
We immediately followed up looking for clarification on that statement, especially in regards to if the pilots had been directly asked about this or not, and noting that we had clearly heard the flight number's identification in a longer version of the clip provided to us by master radio interceptor Steve Douglass who originally recorded it. We also mentioned that we are likely to get more information about the event from the FAA and that we really need clarification so that there weren't any embarrassing discrepancies. The response was completely different than the company's first missive, stating:
Following a debrief with our Flight Crew and additional information received, we can confirm this radio transmission was from American Airlines Flight 2292 on Feb. 21. For any additional questions on this, we encourage you to reach out to the FBI.
Not only did they confirm that the transmission was authentic and that the incident did occur, but it also appears to be under investigation by the FBI.

We have been in touch with the FAA and are awaiting a formal response to our detailed query. But in the meantime, as we promised, we have authenticated the recording and we now know for certain that the event did indeed take place.

UPDATE: The FAA has released an official statement about the incident. Again, from The Drive:
Now, the FAA has released a short statement, which reads:
A pilot reported seeing an object over New Mexico shortly after noon local time on Sunday, Feb. 21, 2021. FAA air traffic controllers did not see any object in the area on their radarscopes.
While very little detail is provided in this official message, we know now that this was not a case of mistaken identity with another normal aircraft that was operating in the vicinity of Flight 2292. There had been some speculation, and rightfully so, that what the pilots may have seen was a Learjet 60 that passed at an angle in front of and above Flight 2292 during this portion of its flight. One major issue with this theory was that this occurred about nine minutes before the radio call was supposedly made. In addition, the Learjet was traveling 5,000 feet above the Airbus and passed in front of it at an angle about eight miles in distance. This is not something out of the ordinary that the pilots should have reacted to in such a puzzled fashion.


We have executed a full FOIA request on this case with the FAA. At this time, they are declining to hand over any more information, including the basic radio recordings between the AAL 2292 and Albequerque Center. This is more common than not, but in the past, on certain occasions, we have gotten additional information from the FAA without having to go through the FOIA process when it was readily available.

We will continue to report on this deepening mystery with new info as soon as we have it.


Pentagon sort of but not really admits it has been testing wreckage from UFO crashes & findings may 'change our lives forever,' expert says

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The Pentagon has admitted testing UFO material.

Comment: That headline looks exciting! But then you follow through to the cited documents and the story becomes less clear.

The Pentagon has admitted to holding and testing wreckage from UFO crashes in a bombshell Freedom of Information letter, shared with The Sun.

Researcher Anthony Bragalia wrote to the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) requesting details of all UFO material, which they hold and results of any tests they had been carrying out on it.

He wrote: "This could include physical debris recovered by personnel of the Department of Defense as residue, flotsam, shot-off material or crashed material from UAPS [unidentified aerial phenomenon] or unidentified flying objects."

Comment: On Bragalia's website, he explains that the released documents contain descriptions of novel materials US scientists and contractors have indeed been working on in past decades, but they contain no reference to crashed UFOs/UAPs, much less 'confirmation' that the Pentagon or related organizations are, or ever have been, in possession of such.

Bragalia writes:
The information provided in the FOIA response seems to represent reports that are directly relevant to what was learned from the study of the UFO debris, and how insight gained from those studies might be applied in the future, but does not include a detailing of the found debris itself.
Disappointingly, the reports do not include much of what was requested, such as a physical description and the composition of the material, the origin of the material, and the names of the involved scientists. That remains classified. But technical pursuit areas derived from the study of those materials (i.e. invisibility, energy concentration, light speed control, intelligent metal) were, in part, released. The released documents help to inform us of the potential applications of the materials, but do not offer deep insight into precisely what the debris is made of. They speak of "recent experiments" that "provide new concepts" and of "theoretical developments that might result in new materials." The DIA believes it is being responsive to the FOIA request by acknowledging UFO debris, its storage by Bigelow, and by identifying areas of future applications of these materials without having to actually name responsible parties, of what elements the material is comprised, how it is processed, etc.
The reports don't just "not include much of what was requested," they don't state or otherwise imply that the materials the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program (AATIP), or its predecessor, the Advanced Aerospace Weapons Systems Applications program (AAWSA), or related agencies and private contractors, have been working on are based on UFO/UAP debris or research. As such, they do NOT "acknowledge UFO debris."

The author is inferring that because what they released to him in response to him explicitly requesting such information were portions of detailed reports about a variety of theoretical (and, to some extent, presumably, applied) 'cutting edge' technological innovations, which he presumes are 'alien-inspired'!

Maybe he is correct to do so. Maybe this is the best answer one can hope to receive from officialdom in terms of 'positive confirmation'.

'Disclosure', as usual, remains opaque!


Intriguing cigar-shaped object spotted hovering motionless above California

UFO Cigar
Similar sightings have been reported in abundance in previous years, with conspiracy theorists having eagerly engaged in speculation about what kind of creatures could be operating the gigantic oblongish objects.

Californians have spotted a cigar-shaped craft hovering in the sky above the state, akin to previous, similarly-shaped "UFOs" earlier seen in the area.

The puzzling footage showing a rather long dark object emerged on YouTube on 31 January under the caption "UFO over the Pacific" and instantly drew a slew of responses.

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String of lights seen in sky near Charlotte sparks UFO debate. What was it?

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A string of lights seen floating in the night sky east of Charlotte has ignited debate on social media, including talk of UFOs and test rockets
Multiple people have reported seeing an odd string of lights at night near Charlotte, igniting talk of UFOs on social media.

Photos shared Saturday on Facebook show what appears to be a string of lights floating over North Carolina's Indian Trail community. The area is in Union County, just southeast of Charlotte.
"Anyone know what these lights were tonight?" Alisa Homewood asked on the "What's Up Indian Trail?" community Facebook page. "No sound at all. They flickered like lanterns, but followed the same exact path up until they disappeared which was odd."

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Airline pilots capture video of 'extremely bright UFO' during flight in Pakistan

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The pilots spotted the object (inset) during a flight from Karachi to Lahore.
Two Pakistan International Airlines pilots have captured intriguing video footage of an "extremely bright UFO" during a domestic flight. The video has gone viral in Pakistan.

It emerged Wednesday that the pilots saw the strange object during a flight from Karachi to Lahore at around 4pm on January 23. The plane was travelling at an altitude of 35,000 feet when the sighting occurred.

"The UFO was extremely bright despite the presence of sunlight," the pilot said, speaking to Pakistan's Geo News.

One of the flight team began recording the white circular object and the footage subsequently went viral in Pakistan. Several of the country's news networks reported on the mysterious encounter.

Grey Alien

US Government paid millions to chase UFOs and werewolves

In 2008, the United States Defense Intelligence Agency gave $22 million to the exotic science division of Las Vegas billionaire Robert Bigelow's space startup — Bigelow Aerospace Advanced Space Studies, or BAASS — to study "breakthrough technologies" and UFOs. A Debrief investigation, including new unredacted internal documents, illuminates some of the odd history of this secretive program and reveals that some of the government's money was directed to even stranger things than they had in mind.
Bigelow Aerospace Building
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Bigelow Aerospace Building.

The Advanced Aerospace Weapon System Applications Program

In 2008, at the behest of Senator Harry Reid of Nevada, then the majority leader, the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) funded the Advanced Aerospace Weapon System Applications Program (AAWSAP). According to the solicitation bid, the purpose was to explore "potential breakthrough technology applications employed in future aerospace weapon systems." Though the Pentagon told The Debrief earlier this year that the DIA was not investigating UFOs, significant evidence exists that seems to contradict their position. The confusion may stem from the fact that the project's solicitation document purposefully left out mention of the controversial topic altogether.

"The people putting out the bid thought it would be better that it didn't say flying saucers or unidentified flying objects," former Sen. Reid told The Debrief in an interview. "It was thought by many that it would just draw too much attention, and by it being phrased the way it was, we had somebody from the Defense Intelligence Agency draw out the specs of it. It covered that anyway."

Reid told The Debrief that Bigelow Aerospace applied for the $22 million contract and won because the company had facilities that met the requirements for the project. When asked if Bigelow had been pre-selected for the contract due to his connection to Reid, as well as his preexisting public interest in UFOs, Mr. Reid stated flatly, "No. It was like any other government contract."

"It was put out for bid. And he did the best. He was willing to do more than others. He supplied, for example, a facility... So we put out the bid, but his response to it was the best, and that's how he got it," Reid explained. "He was not pre-selected."


CIA releases UFO 'Black Vault' documents early: How to see them online

Comment: The largest-circulation newspaper in the United States publishing 'UFO info' matter-of-factly. Will wonders never cease?!

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A CD-ROM of federal intelligence on extraterrestrial technology, obtained by the Black Vault’s John Greenwald Jr.
Federal intelligence on extraterrestrial technology — at your fingertips.

By way of the Freedom of Information Act, thousands of the CIA documents on unidentified flying objects (UFOs) — or Unidentified Aerial Phenomena (UAP), as the government calls them — are now accessible via download at the Black Vault, a website operated by author and podcaster John Greenwald Jr.

The CIA claims they have now provided all the information on UAP they have, though there is no way to know that's true.


The truth is in there? 'All' of the CIA's files on UFOs are now available for download

Thousands of CIA files about unidentified flying objects are now publicly available for download. The agency claims that the trove of documents contains all its information on the unexplained phenomenon.

The documents were published on The Black Vault website, which is run by freedom of information activist John Greenwald Jr.

The downloadable archive is the result of Greenewald submitting 10,000 freedom of information requests over the years and scanning thousands of pages by hand. More than 2.2 million pages have been uploaded to the website.

Some of the reports date back several decades and the CIA claims that the documents represent everything it has on file regarding Unidentified Aerial Phenomena (UAP), which is what the US government calls UFOs. However, The Black Vault says there is no way to verify the CIA's claim.

The cache of files has been made available as the clock ticks down on the US government releasing an official UFO report, thanks to a law contained in the Covid-19 omnibus bill.


US agencies have less than 6 months to reveal what they know about UFOs thanks to coronavirus relief bill

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US UFO photograph
When President Donald Trump signed the $2.3 trillion coronavirus relief and government funding bill into law in December, so began the 180-day countdown for US intelligence agencies to tell Congress what they know about UFOs.

No, really.

The director of National Intelligence and the secretary of defense have a little less than six months now to provide the congressional intelligence and armed services committees with an unclassified report about "unidentified aerial phenomena.

"It's a stipulation that was tucked into the "committee comment" section of the Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021, which was contained in the massive spending bill.

Comment: See also: And check out SOTT radio's: The Truth Perspective: Powers, principalities and UFOs