The U.S. intelligence community released a hyped report about what it knows about mysterious flying objects, according to The New York Times.

In total, the report looked at 144 reports and could only identify one of the aircraft. So, as NBC News reports, 143 of 144 mysterious flying objects couldn’t be explained.

  • “Of the 144 reports we are dealing with here, we have no clear indications that there is any non-terrestrial explanation for them — but we will go wherever the data takes us,” a U.S. official said, according to CNN.
  • “We absolutely do believe what we’re seeing are not simply sensor artifacts. These are things that physically exist,” the official said, per CNN.

The New York Times said that the report showed “there is no evidence that any of the episodes involve secret American weapons programs, unknown technology from Russia or China or extraterrestrial visitations. But the government report did not rule out those explanations.”

There has been a lot of hype about this report and what UFOs could mean. Luis Elizondo, former director of the Defense Department’s Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program, told “60 Minutes” earlier in 2021 that the report would help society understand the UFOs.

  • “Is it some sort of new type of cruise missile technology that China has developed? Is it some sort of high-altitude balloon that’s conducting reconnaissance? Ultimately when you have exhausted all those what-ifs and you’re still left with the fact that this is in our airspace and it’s real, that’s when it becomes compelling, and that’s when it becomes problematic,” he said, according to USA Today.

Similarly, former intelligence director John Ratcliffe said in an interview with Fox News that the report would be big.

  • “Frankly, there are a lot more sightings than have been made public,” Ratcliffe told Fox News last week.
  • “There are instances where we don’t have good explanations for some of the things that we’ve seen,” he said, according to USA Today. “And when that information becomes declassified, I’ll be able to talk a little bit more about that.”