Five Questions We Still Have After the Congressional UFO Hearings
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Five Questions We Still Have After the Congressional UFO Hearings

Is there intelligent life out there? We're not even sure we've got any over here

Last week, Congress opened up hearings to allow several military leaders to talk about their experiences with Unidentified Anomalous Phenomenon (UAPs, the new thing we're calling UFOs now). It wasn't just a way to get attention; the U.S. government has been taking UFOs public in recent years, consolidating investigations into one agency called the All-Domain Anomaly Resolution Office, which sounds weird and off-kilter, like something out of a Terry Gilliam movie.

Anyway, despite all the testimony (which itself proved pretty inconclusive), we have a few questions lingering that are still keeping us up at night and watching the skies. Here they are.

1. Did the government actually confirm alien bodies are being held somewhere (like, say, Area 51)?

This one we can answer ourselves. Despite some hype, even from celebrities on social media, that didn't actually happen in the hearings. What people seem to be fixated on is the testimony of one guy, retired Maj. General David Grusch, who said he was whistleblowing a whole conspiracy. Very interesting, but he was just one of several testifying on the matter.

2. If UAPs have been spotted for decades, why aren't military pilots getting trained on them?

Or at least briefed that they may encounter them?

3. Can most UAP/UFO sightings be explained by man-made or astronomical phenomenon?

Venus is often the culprit in some of these cases, and now we have drones, satellites, and other objects in the sky. But that can't explain all the sightings. Or can it?

4. Are these "non-human biologics" real?

That's a phrase that kept coming up in the hearings. Could it be creatures not of this world, new elements or compounds, or what? Can we make new iPhones out of these materials?

5. Will these hearings change anything?

Given the topic, you'd think the whole world would have been paying attention, but not surprisingly, internet chatter was focused on Barbenheimer and Trump's legal troubles. Legislators said they plan to do something, pass laws or somesuch, but it was very vague, just like the findings of the hearings themselves. But while we wait on any more news about real-life UAPs, some are looking to movie screens for answers: It's still possible we're going to get an Independence Day 3 someday.