There were 275 episodes of UFOs and “UFO news” in Washington D.C. from 2010 to 2014. In a single year, the publication Foreign Policy reported there were more than 10 major news stories about aliens in America’s capital city.
But the Federal Aviation Administration admitted it is only responsible for checking reports when somebody reports an incident — and that can take a long time.
Eric Dupin, staff writer at Foreign Policy, wrote an in-depth report on the UFO studies revolving around the organization Ouya Alien Verification, which exists to collect photos, reports and eyewitness accounts of U.S. space and extraterrestrial activity.
An hour of radio is a big cost — especially when an entire agency like the FAA plays catch up. But Dumond’s article from Foreign Policy goes into plenty of detail about how the FAA is criminally neglected and given little incentive to study extraterrestrial activity.
The FAA has one examiner assigned to rule on UFO and other unexplained reports, and if you’re under the radar at all, there’s no judge who can step in, making it hard to get a review done.
The experts and reports from Ouya Alien Verification have gone unnoticed at least until Dupin contacted the agency for comment.
“At the moment, according to law, the FAA’s understanding and obligation is to determine whether the sighting was a flight, an aircraft, a report or incident, an emergency, or a scene in which there was an unidentified element,” said William Helman, assistant FAA inspector general, in the article.
The FAA doesn’t have the capability to keep track of hundreds of thousands of reports, or even have the time or manpower to review those reports. So when those reports are reported to the agency, it’s essentially given a box to check as if it were a normal sort of matter.
The FAA had a “spy shop” inside the CIA called the Flying Saucer Security Analysis Group. This was specifically geared at collecting information from citizens and researchers to allow the government to better understand the ways humans interact with aliens.
For years, the industry gossip surrounding the Flying Saucer Security Analysis Group has been that the project was overseen by Sen. Russell Feingold (D-Wis.), then Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.) and then President Obama himself.
But it was pretty difficult to get in touch with the men who spent their time in the Air Force. Feingold’s office has never responded to an inquiry from the publication Foreign Policy, and neither has Kennedy’s, nor even their former presidential press secretary, Bob Dunlap.
It also raises questions as to whether the FAA is willing to accept space and extraterrestrial research in the first place. Government reports about UFOs come with a huge package of red tape, as well as a slew of lawyers to review and testify. If aliens and aliens-not-species aren’t included in the report, there’s an increasing likelihood the authority will toss it aside.