For example, we generally know what the two political parties will disagree on in terms of politics and how different personalities may clash. It usually just changes the topic or person. There are also the “known strangers”, news events that are mostly expected except for their particularities, for example, the incident of Mr. Potato Head that inflamed the cultural wars. Again, we often know what will happen next.
But it’s rare when we have unknown unknowns, where we don’t know what we don’t know, and besides, we have no idea how someone will react. Still, next month we may have just that moment.
The Pentagon faces the June deadline to issue an unclassified report on unidentified flying objects, which is expected to detail what the government knows about these incidents.
Among the many “unknown unknowns”? We have no idea what will be in this report, nor do we have any idea how the American public or American politicians will react.
The question of wanting to get more information about UFOs hardly fits perfectly with any kind of ideological, generational or geographical lines. Former Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid has been calling for more information on the issue for years. Today, among those leading the charge for more information is Senator Marco Rubio, a Florida Republican.
The language that ordered the report was included in a $ 2.3 billion bipartisan COVID relief bill that Donald Trump signed into law in December. Among the many provisions of this law was one that said the Pentagon should publish a 180-day report to Congress on unidentified air phenomena (also known as “abnormal air vehicles”), including observed airborne objects that have not been identified “.
After years of discussion about UFOs rejected as a fantasy driven by kooks, the idea has lately been taken more seriously, especially because cameras, as in ships and naval planes, have recorded objects in American airspace doing things which seem to defy the laws of physics.
In fact, the Pentagon has recently admitted that it has begun tracking and investigating these events. Last year, he released three videos showing “unexplained aerial phenomena” flying fast, with two of the videos containing audio from members of the U.S. service reacting in surprise to what they see.
Concerns about national security are obvious: these objects could come from a foreign intelligence or military agency (the U.S. government insists they are not American) or, of course, it is possible that these objects come from other places than the Earth. What is less obvious is what the U.S. government knows exactly about objects captured on camera or seen by several people. Furthermore, we also do not know what the main theory of the rulers is about what these objects are or whether any of these incidents are related.
What is interesting, however, is how all this will unfold politically. After all, all news events lately are viewed with a partisan perspective. Will politicians suggest that this is a wasteful government expense? Will they say it’s a deviation from real issues that we know are a problem like climate change? Or, curiously, will he get Republicans and Democrats to meet in a room to agree to work together on something that might make them resolve other issues?
In the end, the report probably won’t say much. After all, there is no incentive for the Pentagon to really reveal everything they know. If we look back in the future, the UFO report could fall like another craze that happened this summer, like the return of the cicadas. Then again, these are unidentified flying objects, and while there are many known unknowns, surely there are still more unknown unknowns.
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