Tuesday, June 23, 2020

US Senate Select Committee report refers to Unidentified Aerial Phenomena

Introduction

Thanks to a lead provided to US researcher Danny Silva (original source Steve McDaniel) we have been made aware, of a Report 116-233, from the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, dated 17 June 2020, that refers to Unidentified Aerial Phenomena.

Details

Senator Marco Rubio. Source:https://www.rubio.senate.gov/public/ 

The introduction to the Committee's report on a Bill, S3905, "Intelligence Authorization Act for fiscal year 2021" sponsored by Senator Marco Rubio, (Senator for the state of Florida) states:

"The Select Committee on Intelligence, having considered an original bill (S.3905) to authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2021 for intelligence and intelligence-related activities of the United States Government, the Intelligence Community Management Account, and the Central Intelligence Agency Retirement and Disability System, and for other purposes, reports favourably thereon and recommends that the bill do pass." So, they recommend the bill be turned into an Act, thereby authorizing the details contained in the bill (after debate) to be then law, and actionable.

UAP reference

Why are we interested in this bill? Well, under "Committee comments," in the Committee's report, we find the following:

"Advanced Aerial Threats

The Committee supports the efforts of the Unidentified Aerial Phenomenon Task Force at the Office of Naval Intelligence to standardize collection and reporting on unidentified aerial phenomenon, any links they have to adversarial foreign governments, and the threat they pose to U.S. military assets and installations.

However, the Committee remains concerned that there is no unified, comprehensive process within the Federal Government for collecting and analyzing intelligence on unidentified aerial phenomena, despite the potential threat. The Committee understands that the relevant intelligence may be sensitive; nevertheless, the Committee finds that the information sharing and coordination across the Intelligence Community has been inconsistent, and this issue has lacked attention from senior leaders.

Therefore, the Committee directs the DNI, in consultation with the Secretary of Defense and the heads of such other agencies as the Director and Secretary jointly consider relevant, 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 (also known as "anomalous aerial vehicles"), including observed airborne objects that have not been identified.

The Committee further directs the report to include:

1. A detailed analysis of unidentified aerial phenomena data and intelligence reporting collected or held by the Office of Naval Intelligence, including data and intelligence reporting held by the Unidentified Aerial Phenomena Task Force.

2. A detailed analysis of unidentified phenomena data collected by:
a. geospatial intelligence;
b. signals intelligence;
c. human intelligence, and
d. measurement and signals intelligence.

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

4. A detailed description of an interagency process for ensuring timely data collection and centralized analysis of all unidentified aerial phenomena reporting for the Federal Government, regardless of which service or agency acquired the information.

5. Identification of an official accountable for the process described in paragraph 4.

6. Identification of potential aerospace or other threats posed by the unidentified aerial phenomena to national security, and an assessment of whether this unidentified aerial phenomena activity may be attributed to one or more foreign adversaries.

7. Identification of any incidents or patterns that indicate a potential adversary may have achieved breakthrough aerospace capabilities that could put United States strategic or conventional forces at risk; and

8. Recommendations regarding increased collection of data, enhanced research and development, and additional funding and other resources.

The report shall be submitted in unclassified form, but may include a classified anex."

Analysis and comments

1. In a blog post dated 9 July 2019, I posed the question" Is the US Office of Naval Intelligence now part of the AATIP effort" and concluded that it was. 

2. On 6 July 2019, US researcher Danny Silva noted, that in Episode 6 of the "Unidentified" TV series, former Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program (AATIP) manager Luis Elizondo stated that:

"AATIP is no longer run by a single office. There's now several offices that are engaged in this effort...and it is being run with official blessing."

The Committee report provides the name " Unidentified Aerial Phenomena Task Force" and places it at the Office of Naval Intelligence. The language the report uses, supports the notion that this Task Force is currently in existence, and appears to suggest that this may well be the new AATIP. The Committee comments include the words "and the threat they pose to U.S. military assets and installations" not just Naval assets. This is what you would expect from a Task Force which draws its members from various agencies. 

3. The main thrust of the Committee's comments, is a call for a detailed report within 180 days of the date of the enactment of the bill, and provides some fairly detailed things which are to be reported upon. Specifically, that it must include data held by the Task Force, which should therefore include data obtained by AATIP. Note that the report is to be unclassified. 

4. Interestingly, there is mention of the FBI - presumably the Federal Bureau of Investigation "A detailed analysis of data of the FBI, which was derived from investigations of intrusions of unidentified aerial phenomena data over restricted United States airspace." While I waa aware that the United States Air Force Office of Special Investigations did look into the release of the US Navy videos, I do not recall hearing of any FBI investigation. I'd appreciate hearing from any blog reader who knows more about this aspect.

5. The Committee also wishes to be provided with "A detailed description of an interagency process for timely data collection and centralized analysis of all unidentified aerial phenomena reporting for the Federal Government, regardless of which service or agency acquired the information." This requirement looks to provide a central point of contact for data, which can only be a good thing. 

6. Note, that there remains a perspective expressed that the phenomena may be due to foreign adversaries, although there have been strong indications that this is not the case, from a number of sources. 

7. Finally, the report must include recommendations for future action; such as collection, research, funding and resources. Note that there is no mention of fiscal year 2021 funding for any of this, in the bill, as funding for intelligence programs comes from separate Appropriations legislation. 

8. Of course, any of the above depends on the passge of the bill into law and an Act.

Nevertheless, a very interesting development, which to a large degree has been one of the main actions which To The Stars Academy of Arts & Science (TTSA) have been working on in the background. Kudos to them.

Update 23 June 2020

I have corrected parts of this blog following a comment in the blog's comment section. 

15 comments:

  1. I agree that this is a very significant development. Two points of clarification: The language quoted above is NOT actually language from the intelligence authorization bill (which is S. 3905, the Intelligence Authorization Act for FY 2021), but rather, is taken from the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence report on the bill. Such a report includes explanatory language on some of the language in the actual bill, and detailed guidance from a congressional committee on things it wishes for agencies to do. Such "report language" is not binding law in the same way that statutory language is, but Executive Branch officials generally pay considerable attention to it -- especially when it reflects the views of key committee members from both political parties -- as appears to be the case here, as near as I can judge.

    The second point is that there is "no mention of fiscal year 2021 funding for any of this," is that this is an AUTHORIZATION (policy) bill, not a funding bill. Funding for intelligence programs is provided in separate legislation that comes out of the Appropriations Committees of the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate.

    Douglas D. Johnson (@ddeanjohnson on Twitter)

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    1. Hi Doug, pardon my unfamiliarity with the US Congressional system. However, thanks for the clarifications. I have updated my original blog post to amend along the lines you clarified. Thank you.

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  2. excellent reporting...Disclosure has finally arrived!!

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  3. Randall Newman PhD, NC-USAJune 24, 2020 at 1:59 AM

    2 tips:
    1- "Unidentified Aerial Phenomenon Task Force", Who are they ?, We can think that they are the key to understand this.
    2- It seems not to mention those foreign organizations that somehow make intelligence in the USA (and in the rest of the world), through their own citizens, unless those organizations are working with the government in secret. I mean the comments from readers here:
    https://www.mufon.com/ufo-news/north-carolina-witness-describes-spheres-hovering-over-ocean

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  4. More nothing burgers and the worst part is ttfa is capitalizing on it. Unless some important person (potus) takes the stand and says they are here people will not care. ttfa only brought some new hipsters into the fold, many ofcourse left after the hubub died. Same thing now

    you can only cry wolf for so long till they stop paying attention to you

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  5. For me the most exciting phrasing in the document are the repeated demands for "a detailed analysis of...". If detailed analyses of UFO/UAP data collected by relevant DoD and intelligence services (even if only data collected since 2004) is submitted to Congress in an unclassified format, these analyses could be eye-popping to both Congress and to the public.

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  6. The more people who see this, the better for those of us who want to talk about UFOs and aliens without ridicule. Nice analysis.

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  7. Alexander G. JacksonJune 26, 2020 at 10:09 PM

    1°...
    I really see only a few new things under the sun.
    When MUFON news was released (above, Randall's comment on NC), I worried very hard.
    I'd heard some rumors about Argentina, Patagonia, and a reserved organization with long arms around the world since 2008, come on! I am a retired military officer and served in 2 wars.
    I dedicated many years, later, to technological intelligence tasks within the United States, serving my country.
    When I read that "someone" installed devices in TN and NC, I took my truck, some dollars and went to see it for myself, ... one always keeps contacts in the Forces just in case.
    On the trip from Washington I remembered some readings on the subject, which do not come from the "TTSA", not from "Luis Elizondo", who is only a minor player here, these readings come from academic and military sources (made public!) high level, from 80! (Eighty!), I repeat: 80! years.
    Watch this:
    http://www.project1947.com/fig/look7152.htm
    And this other:
    https://repository.upenn.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=5017&context=edissertations
    I went searching on my own, "40 Miles from Knoxville", and found the place, the first day!
    Nice place, without fences, trees, several yards of cut grass, flowers, beautiful buildings, a flag, ... and a formidable surveillance and security system from the entrance.
    I had seen the towers in the background, and on the sides, of the property, and a beautifully painted "You are welcome, please come in."
    I saw on the way to the house, how the cameras followed my truck, at the door the owners waiting for me, it was hot that day, a lot, they received me with a cold mint lemonade.
    Look! If you receive an unknown visitor like that, you cannot be a jerk.
    I had a made-up story in my mind, but with that welcome I just said "I read Brian's comment on MUFON, and I was curious to learn more", and "I'm a retired military man and I'm interested in UFOs".
    The truth opens doors and hearts!
    Follow me...

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  8. Alexander G. JacksonJune 26, 2020 at 10:10 PM

    And 2°)…
    I spent the day at the ranch, I saw the towers up close, the devices, the control room, the global location map of the towers, we had tea and had dinner, and before I left they invited me to speak by teleconference with Patagonia .
    Look, today I have a tower installed in my house in Washington, since December, and when this health emergency passes, I will install others in my training camp in Strasburg.
    The military, intelligence agencies, NASA itself, universities, research centers, laboratories, private companies and government offices have surveillance devices, advanced technology that is not even available for sale.
    But I tell you !, never !, really never !, I saw technology like that of those towers, ... I had to go back to school books, to be able to understand !.
    Spectrophotography, sound image generation, combined tracking laser emission sensors, electromagnetic field scanning images, elemental composition sensors by light diffraction, ultra-dense format images, vector information processing.
    A device I don't know how it works that emulates omni-directional radar scanning, climate scanning, ultra-fast target tracking detectors, dynamic random mass detectors! capable of differentiating a fly from a 757.
    Immersive graphics computing, remote operation by virtual reality, scanning of organic compounds at a distance, and among other things, an incredible simplicity of operation with human assistance 24x360, and a centralized operational administration and regulated by adaptive and cognitive artificial intelligence, ... called EVA.
    If anyone is thinking that Raytheon's ATFLIR AN / ASQ-228 (F18 US Navy), or any other device is "the best" for following UFOs, I am sorry to disappoint you! ... they are at least 50/100 years out of date.
    I saw with my own eyes how, in a regional tracking sequence, a UFO was detected at Beaumont, and tracked across 11 States, until it went to sea at Plymouth.
    I am a patriotic man, but I am not a fool, if in the end the UFOs have bad intentions, we are going to need much more than roles and time-consuming decisions.
    Today in America someone is doing the work that the government should do, the citizens themselves!.
    As the government "declassifies" thousands of pages, all blacked out, as the Armed Forces distribute in 240px format (a video that was generated in 1920px), and a company markets itself using an old-fashioned intelligence op, Many Americans go hand in hand, seeing with confidence, the confidentiality of an organization that has experience and seriousness, whose team leader does not receive pay, and like any humble and honest scientist answers messages, criticism and takes work to analyze the ideas that you propose.
    To follow the way of the bureaucracy and the media, is to waste time, what if the UFOs are a real threat? ... Or a fortune for humanity?!.
    Excuse my chitchat, but someone has to stop clapping with eyes closed, and start looking over the shoulder of the people, because definitely others who know what they are doing, are looking over our shoulders, ... from a long time.

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  9. Cdor. Xavier Rodriguez CalloJune 28, 2020 at 8:35 AM

    I agree with Mr. Jackson, weight gamblers, who remain silent and move fortunes, are decades ahead.
    I am a real estate broker and here in Europe, in the last 10 years, a South American organization bought an average of 3 properties a day in all latitudes.
    The vast majority of these properties today have satellite communication systems, towers with observation equipment, and smoked glass.
    The same is happening in North Africa, the Middle East, Canada, I must suppose that throughout the world.
    We are talking, only in Europe, of 22,000 million dollars.
    In the north of Génova, on these properties, all on the summits, advanced laser communication systems are being installed.
    A journalist from Tortona suggested last April that this was foreign technology (from another world), in early May his entire newspaper had been bought.
    To think.

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    1. Dr.PhD Celso Norberto OliveraJune 28, 2020 at 10:14 AM

      Mr. Ariano Gino Ritzzi of the "Nuova Viguzzolo" newspaper, located on his family property in Tortona, had put his Ritzzi Family Villa on sale since October 2019.
      The newspaper in his charge made only 2 publications in 2020, and only 1 per week since the property was put up for sale.
      The last daily publication of "Nuova Viguzzolo" was made on September 21, 2019, but it continued to be published partially as this gave more value to the property, as it was sold as commercial property.
      The Villa Familiar Ritzzi, was paid through bank management, financially registered, with funds traceability, and certification of legal origin thereof.
      The workshops of the "Nuova Viguzzolo" newspaper are maintained, with their original machines a traditional printing and journalism school is being managed, all the staff keep their contracts and are considered stable plant personnel, all of them receive their monthly payroll on time.
      Mr. Ritzzi was invited to visit our facilities in the area north of Génova, but he declined this invitation.
      The high-speed communication technology installed in the area is based on the Free Space Optical Communication (or FSO) architecture model, improved for our needs.
      You can read something about it here:
      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Free-space_optical_communication
      Our team leader has already participated in the Italian government on our technological developments in the area, these developments are in accordance with all national and regional laws in the area.
      Thank you.

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  10. At the end of the day someone was listening carefully, information is power!

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  11. I wondered if the FBI was involved in the investigation of the drones sighted over Colorado & Nebraska back in January. It's the only incident where multiple agencies were said to be involved.

    A FOIA request for FAA radar data resulted in thin data from a VERY large area, but nothing from the specific area requested. 'Errors' of this kind seem to be a means of holding back data for various reasons, possibly (speculation) because it related to an open investigation.

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