United States Senator from Florida, Marco Antonio Rubio has said that that the “stigma” around the unidentified aerial phenomena (UAPs) should not prevent launching an investigation into the incidents involving mysterious flying objects. Rubio commissioned the director of national intelligence with a report into UAPs due by the end of next month. While talking to CBS’ 60 Minutes, the US Senator acknowledged the “stigma” on Capitol Hill even though some of his colleagues are “very interested” in the topic.
Rubio told the news outlet, “There’s a stigma on Capitol Hill. I mean, some of my colleagues are very interested in this topic and some kinda, you know, giggle when you bring it up.”
“But I don’t think we can allow the stigma to keep us from having an answer to a very fundamental question,” he added. Rubio also stressed that the United States much ensure “it’s not a foreign adversary capability, meaning… the Russians, or the Chinese… have developed some technology.”
The former speaker of the Florida House of representatives also said, “It’s a huge counterintelligence threat if that’s what it is. We want to take that seriously.”
Rubio’s remarks came in line with former Navy Lieutenant Ryan Graves who called UFOs or unidentified aerial phenomena (UAP), a threat to national security.
Graves and his colleagues reportedly spotted hundreds of objects in protected air space between 2015 and 2017 during which they also recorded an encounter off the coast of Jacksonville, Florida. Meanwhile, the United States government is expected to uncover a report in June on UFO sightings after the unclassified videos of them were leaked to The New York Times in 2017. Senator Marco Rubio also called for the detailed analysis after viewing the classified briefings on UAP.
Earlier, John Ratcliffe, the former director of national intelligence told Fox News in an interview, “'When we talk about sightings, we are talking about objects that have been seen by Navy or Air Force pilots, or have been picked up by satellite imagery, that frankly engage in actions that are difficult to explain, movements that are hard to replicate, that we don't have the technology for, or travelling at speeds that exceed the sound barrier without a sonic boom.”