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The combined intelligence and military branches of the United States, after decades of obfuscating data and denying the existence of UFOs, on June 25th, 2021, summarized their knowledge of the topic: The limited amount of high-quality reporting on unidentified aerial phenomena (UAP) hampers our ability to draw firm conclusions about the nature or intent of UAP. 

After analyzing 144 incidents, a dramatic statement holds the core message of the report: We were able to identify one reported UAP with high confidence. In that case, we identified the object as a large, deflating balloon. The others remain unexplained.

Our knowledge has not been increased, although this may finally be an honest confession. A deflating balloon symbolizes the entire effort. If any government has elucidated anything about the subject, their findings remain a secret.

However, news of the report and coverage of recently revealed US Navy pilots' sightings have already influenced one aspect of this mystery. Unimpeachable eyewitnesses, who have had a lot to lose by being honest about what they've seen, are less likely to be derided or dismissed.

Despite minimal and disparaging press coverage over many years, a huge proportion of people on Earth would like to know more about this phenomenon. A Gallup poll in 2019 indicated that one-third of all Americans believe that UFOs are from somewhere off-planet. And a recent Pew Research poll found that 65% of the U.S. population believe that there is intelligent life on other planets. Figures for other countries are likely to be similar, yet the press lags behind.

Most of the media have been reluctant and cautious in covering the report. No one knows what the flying objects observed by military pilots are, so the press has relied on the skeptics to explain them as camera glitches or visual anomalies, rather than risking an open-minded editorial approach. 

Despite the self-assuredness of those with an unalterable position on the topic, a growing number of people are unwilling to believe the mundane explanations. And some scientists are calling for more serious inquiry

The general shift towards open consideration of unidentified aerial phenomena gives some freedom for those with personal experience to share their perspective on the topic.

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