Americans have been obsessed with the UFO phenomenon since middle of the last century, after stories of the so-called “foo fighters” of World War II began to trickle back home to the states, followed closely thereafter by the Roswell incident of 1947.
And, from the very beginning of our fanaticism about the subject, we’ve also been of the belief that our government knows a whole lot more about the phenomenon than they’re letting on. Rumors from Area 51 and Wright Patterson AFB seemed to give us a little “wink & nod” corroboration of that possibility, but brought with them more questions and few answers.
But then a peculiar thing happened. Just a few years ago, some 70 years removed from Roswell, the US government began giving up the goods, releasing wild new video footage taken by the navy, of all people. Suddenly it felt as though we were now in a disclosure arc, and that more secrets would be forthcoming.
Now, Congress is getting in on the act, and making it easier for UFO reports to be filed.
The House on Wednesday voted to create a secure government system for reporting UFOs and to compel current and former officials to reveal what they might know about the mysterious phenomena by promising to protect them from reprisal.
It was a popular piece of a major military spending bill.
The bipartisan amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act, passed by voice vote without debate, is part of an aggressive effort to exert more oversight over an enduring intelligence-gathering challenge that has gained more attention in recent years.
The general public won’t be logging their own close encounters into the system, however. The database will be for government employees, military personnel, and related contractors.