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UFOs or UAPs: Are they real?

DIGITAL IMAGE fron a U.S. Navy fighter shows an object appearing to pace the jet. In a few seconds it accelerates away.  Incident is from 2004 (Department of Defense).

Since the late Forties, there has been speculation about “unidentified flying objects,” sometime humorously referred to as “flying saucers.”

Now, according to a report from the U.S. Department of Defense, the name is different – they’re now “unidentified aerial phenomenon” – and the shape is more like a “Tic-Tac” breath mint – but the Pentagon is not laughing.

The Associated Press is reporting that a report due to Congress later this month will acknowledge that strange aircraft have been spotted by reliable observers and that their origin can’t be explained.

A law passed in December requires the director of national intelligence to reveal what’s known about these mysterious craft that seem capable of acceleration and maneuvers beyond the abilities of known airplanes or rockets.

Friday’s report, however, will be an unclassified version. The complete classified version will come later. White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki suggested Friday that a question about UAPs was “a little wacky” but then added that “We take incursions into our airspace by any aircraft – identified or unidentified – very seriously and investigate each one.”

Trump banned from Facebook to 2023

Former President Donald Trump has been banned from Facebook for two more years by the social media giant. According to USA Today, the company announced Friday it would reinstate Trump on Jan. 7, 2023, if he met the conditions and rules on posting content.

He was suspended after the Jan. 6 Capital riot, which critics say was instigated, in part, by comments that he, not, Joe Biden, was the rightful president. Trump is also suspended from Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

“Facebook’s ruling is an insult to the record-setting 75M people, plus many others, who voted for us in the 2020 Rigged Presidential Election,” Trump said in a statement.


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