White House breaks silence on theory aliens are behind 3 UFOs shot down over US as officials look into past sightings | The Sun
THE White House has broken its silence after theories swirled about aliens being behind three flying objects that were shot down over the United States.
Rumors of extraterrestrial involvement in the three recent sightings come as United States officials take a look into past alleged UFO observations.
Throughout this past weekend, three high-altitude objects were taken down after being spotted over Alaska, Canada, and Michigan.
While Senator Chuck Schumer said that the objects flying over Alaska and Canada were balloons, like the one shot down off the South Carolina coast on February 4, others have a different theory that's out of this world.
On Sunday, Air Force General Glen VanHerck said: "I haven't ruled anything out at this point," when asked if authorities have rejected the idea that extraterrestrials could be behind the strange activity over North America.
VanHerck who is the leader of the US Northern Command and North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) said: "We continue to assess."
However, White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre quickly put the UFO rumors to rest on Monday.
"I just want to make sure we address this from the White House," she said.
"I know there have been questions and concerns about this, but there is no, again, no indication of aliens or extraterrestrial activity with these recent takedowns."
Jean-Pierre added: "Wanted to make sure that the American people knew that, all of you knew that, and it is important for us to say that from here."
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While the three objects shot down this weekend may not be from another universe, they did pose a "very real" threat to civilian air traffic, according to White House officials who spoke with the New York Times on Monday.
However, they were not sending out communications signals, officials say.
Authorities are "working hard to understand the nature of these unidentified objects," Melissa Dalton, assistant secretary of defense for Homeland Defense and Hemispheric Affairs, said on Sunday.
The US military has yet to identify the source of the flying objects or what their purpose was, according to John F. Kirby, a spokesman for the National Security Council.
RECENT OBJECT SIGHTINGS
On Friday, a U.S. fighter jet shot down an unidentified object flying 40,000 feet over Alaska after Pentagon officials said it "posed a reasonable threat."
An F-22 aircraft shot it down with a Sidewinder missile after it entered Alaskan airspace, with its remains scattering across the frozen sea.
US troops along with the Alaska National Guard said they were still searching for the object on sea ice.
Just a day later, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau confirmed that an object flying over the Yukon territory in Canada was shot down by a U.S. fighter jet.
A US F-22 shot down the object using an AIM 9X missile, the Department of Defense said.
"Recovery teams are on the ground, looking to find and analyze the object," Trudeau said on Sunday.
"There's still much to know about it. That's why the analysis of this object is going to be very important."
On Sunday, a "high-altitude object" was shot down over Lake Huron near Michigan.
An F-16 down the octagonal-shaped object at 20,000 feet, a government official and a congressional source confirmed to The Wall Street Journal.
They claimed the object was at a height that could have been dangerous for commercial aircraft.
OFFICIALS LOOK INTO UFOS
In later December 2022, an amendment was added to the National Defense Authorization Act, which requires the Department of Defense to review historical documents related to UFO sightings dating by to 1945.
This is the year that the first UFO was allegedly spotted and has been referred to as "Rosewell before Rosewell."
The All-domain Anomaly Resolution Office (AARO) was formed in July to lead the effort in identifying any "unidentified anomalous phenomena that may pose a threat to national security."
AARO got over 500 reports of UFOs as of August 31, 2022, according to a recent report from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.
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About half of the newly identified reports were characterized as "unremarkable" and ascribed to unmanned aircraft systems, "balloon-like entities," or clutter, Fox News reports.
Some of the uncharacterized UFOs "appear to have demonstrated unusual flight characteristics or performance capabilities, and require further analysis," the report found.
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