A little-known stipulation of the $2.3 trillion appropriations bill signed in December mandated that a report detailing what the government knows about UFOs be released this year.
That report, if released, will contain "compelling" information, according to Luis Elizondo, the former director of the Pentagon's Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program.
"My business is an investigator," Elizondo told Fox News' "Fox and Friends." "I was an intelligence officer for the U.S. government, so my business is to find the truth whatever the truth is. We apply the same methodology we did investigating terrorist operations and operatives as we did with this. The information is compelling."
Former Director of National Intelligence Dan Ratcliffe said last week, during a Fox Business interview, that the information in such a report must be made public, and when it is, the report will be major because "there are a lot more sightings than have been made public," The Washington Post reported.
The Post reported the omnibus bill's provision contained the Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021, which included a heading called "Advanced Aerial Threats."
The bill, signed in late December, gives 180 days for the director of national intelligence to work with the secretary of defense on a report that details everything the government has learned about UFOs, including "a detailed description of an interagency process" that the data will be analyzed across the federal government.
Ratcliffe told Maria Bartiromo that such a report could include sightings from all over the world.
"There are instances where we don’t have good explanations for some of the things that we've seen," he said. "And when that information becomes declassified, I'll be able to talk a little bit more about that."
When asked about the characteristics of vehicles that have been reported, Elizondo said Tuesday the "crux of the problem" is in detailing what has been observed.
"We are seeing, let's call them, vehicles, if you will, in U.S. airspace that are displaying performance characters well beyond anything we can either replicate or in some cases understand," Elizondo said.
And when asked about the possibility the report will show that UFOs can break the sound barrier without there being a sonic boom, Elizondo explained that much of what has been observed "isn't breaking the laws of physics."
"It is breaking our understanding of the current laws of physics that we are looking at," he said. "If you look at quantum physics, there's a lot of modeling that suggests this performance can be explained if you have a deep understanding of quantum physics."
The vehicles, said Elizondo, are "displaying instantaneous acceleration, hypersonic velocity."
Another thing that could be reported is how the vehicles have the ability to operate in different environments, "if you will, with this weird antigravity where you have vehicles with no wings, no control surfaces, no engines, and somehow they are able to fly and outperform the very best aircraft we have in our inventory."
He also said it is "too early to tell" if such vehicles are coming from other planets, but there are several options for explaining the matter.
"[One is that] we have done a terrible job coordinating the testing of this technology for decades, which is highly unlikely," Elizondo said. "The second option is an adversarial technology, which if you were to ask me, would be a huge intelligence failure of this country because we were technologically product or the third is something completely different: if it is not ours and not theirs then it is someone or something else."
Elizondo's former agency was initially funded, but not publicized, by the U.S. government in 2007, but appropriations ended in 2012, reports The New York Times. Elizondo, however, said the only thing that ended was the funding, and that he continued to work with the Navy and the CIA until 2017, when he resigned because of what he called excessive secrecy and opposition.
"Why aren't we spending more time and effort on this issue?" he wrote in his resignation letter to then-Defense Secretary Jim Mattis.
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