UFO sightings are taking the US by storm – can Trump shake up the election by FINALLY revealing what the Pentagon knows?

THEY call it an October Surprise – a sudden and unexpected revelation that can change the course of a US presidential election.

In the final days of the most bitterly-fought US election in history, some believe that President Trump might be about to unleash the ultimate October Surprise – aliens.

Rising speculation about an imminent UFO disclosure isn’t being driven by internet gossip, but by hints dropped by President Trump himself.

Earlier this month on a Fox News show the president promised to take a "good, strong look" at UFOs, before launching into a statement about the formidable power of the US military, and weapons that he hoped would never have to be used.

Given the conspiracy theory that the Space Force was set up to counter an alien threat, the president’s bullish comments will only fuel the rumours about a real-life War of the Worlds.

The truth is out there

The president went further in an interview on his son’s TV show, Triggered.

When asked about Roswell – where UFO hunters believe an alien spacecraft crashed in 1947 – he cryptically responded: "I won't talk to you about what I know about it, but it's very interesting", adding "I'll have to think about that one" when asked if he’d consider declassifying it. 

What makes these quotes even more extraordinary is the fact that less than three years ago the official position of the US government was that nobody was interested in UFOs and nobody was investigating.

UFO enthusiasts didn’t believe the denials and this time they were right. A
series of bombshell revelations has exposed the shocking truth about America’s UFO secrets.

Warp drives and wormholes

It started in December 2017 with a New York Times exclusive, revealing the existence of a shadowy Pentagon project called AATIP – Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program – set up years earlier by former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.

AATIP is still shrouded in mystery, but in a letter to Congress the super-secret Defense Intelligence Agency confirmed that this multi-million dollar programme had conducted research into the sort of theoretical physics that would be needed for interstellar travel, including anti-gravity, warp
drives and wormholes.

The Department of Defense claimed that AATIP focused on "next-generation aerospace threats" and it’s true there’s huge concern about things like hypersonic missiles and drone swarms controlled by Artificial Intelligence.

But one of the AATIP research papers related to the Drake equation – used by astronomers to estimate the number of extraterrestrial civilizations in our galaxy.

The implication was clear: if AATIP was about advanced aerospace threats, it wasn’t threats from Russia or China, but from somewhere much further

Verified footage of UFOs

The next bombshell was the release of three videos showing US Navy jets chasing UFOs.

Several of the pilots have spoken on the record about these sightings and when quizzed about these mid-air encounters President Trump praised the pilots, saying: "Some of them really see things that are a little bit different than in the past, so we’re going to see, but we’ll watch it".

In another interview he said: "That’s a hell of a video", adding: "I just wonder if it’s real."

It was real. On April 27 the Pentagon issued a press release confirming that all three films "were indeed Navy videos", adding that the phenomena observed remain "unidentified".

Aliens deactivating nukes

It turned out that there is – and has been for many years – an ongoing series of incursions into restricted military airspace, and over sensitive military installations.

It’s even claimed that UFOs have hovered over nuclear bases and deactivated the weapons, in what UFO hunters believe is a chilling
warning to the human race.

In response to all this, the US Navy issued instructions to its pilots, telling them what to do if they encounter a UFO.

But they refuse to reveal what these instructions say – they’re classified.

Senior political figures have demanded action. Two powerful Senate bodies, the Armed Services Committee and the Intelligence Committee have taken a particular interest and classified briefings have taken place, though the senators involved have remained tight-lipped.

"I'm not going to get into any of the contents of the briefing. It was a classified briefing," was all Mark Warner – Vice Chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee – said, when quizzed by a reporter.

Senate Armed Services Committee member Jeanne Shaheen went a bit further when she admitted: "We have been briefed. It was a classified briefing so I'm not allowed to talk about it.

"But if you were to ask me personally do I believe there are UFOs, I think that there are events that have happened that have not been explained adequately".

UK kept in the dark

Whatever these senators were told about UFOs by the military intelligence briefers must have spooked them.

When the Senate Intelligence Committee published the Intelligence
Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021, a section had been inserted under the heading ‘Advanced Aerial Threats’, in which they demanded a report on the phenomenon from the Director of National Intelligence.

In response to the committee’s demand that spy chiefs and the military get to the bottom of the UFO mystery, Deputy Secretary of Defense David L. Norquist authorized the creation of a new group called the Unidentified Aerial Phenomena Task Force.

Led by the Navy and with involvement from the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence and Security, no details of this shadowy unit will be made public, though a Pentagon press release dated August 14 offered some intriguing clues, when it stated: "The Department of Defense established
the UAPTF to improve its understanding of, and gain insight into, the nature and origins of UAPs.  

What does the United States know about UFOs that the United Kingdom doesn’t know?

"The mission of the task force is to detect, analyze and catalog UAPs that could potentially pose a threat to U.S. national security".

People who’ve been following developments closely have noticed that the word ‘threat’ crops up repeatedly in official statements and documents about UFOs.

So what does the United States know about UFOs that the United Kingdom doesn’t know?

All this high-powered activity suggests the Americans are aware of some profound truth about UFOs.

But it’s not being shared with allies. The so-called Special Relationship doesn’t seem to extend to UFOs, which is unfortunate if there is a threat.

Officially at least, the UK is no longer researching and investigating UFOs.

The Ministry of Defence project I ran in the Nineties was axed at the end of 2009, despite our having had some influence over US policy: it was our rebranding of ‘UFO’ to ‘UAP’ in the Nineties that finally got the subject taken
more seriously, and a US press officer recently acknowledged that the term UAP "was borrowed from the United Kingdom".

But the UK desperately needs to get back in the game, reopen investigations, and exchange information with the Pentagon’s UAP Task Force.

I formally call on the Secretary of State for Defence, Ben Wallace, to take these actions, in consultation with his US opposite number Mark Esper.

Will Trump reveal the truth?

Back in the US, as the election approaches, interest in UFOs is reaching fever pitch.

And celebrities are getting in on the act too, with pop princess Miley Cyrus revealing she had her own UFO encounter in California, confessing to being "chased down" and then making "eye contact" with an alien being.

Hers is the latest in a long line of celebrity saucer sightings, dating back to John Lennon seeing a UFO in New York in 1974.

Robbie Williams – who I met at a UFO conference in 2008 – has gone skywatching at the infamous Skinwalker Ranch in Utah, where numerous UFO sightings and paranormal events have been reported.

Despite the intense speculation, I don’t know whether or not President Trump will make any announcement about UFOs in the run-up to the election, or in his second term, if he wins.

And if Trump loses, we have yet to learn what Joe Biden would do – though interestingly, Democratic vice-presidential nominee Kamala Harris is a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, so she may already have been briefed.

The bombshell UFO sightings that rocked the US

As speculation about imminent UFO revelations reaches fever pitch, a series of bombshell sightings has rocked the US.

  • In January 2015, US Navy fighter jets from the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt had a series of spectacular mid-air encounters with UFOs off the coast of Florida. As the F-18 Super Hornets chased the mystery objects, the elite military pilots captured the events on infrared cameras. On the soundtracks of two separate videos, the Top Guns can be heard whooping with excitement as they track the UFOs at incredible speed. The Pentagon confirmed these videos were real in April 2020 when they put them on a government website, along with another video taken in 2004 by a Navy pilot with the USS Nimitz task group, who chased a UFO described as being shaped like a Tic Tac. The two videos are named GOFAST and GIMBAL.
  • In February 2018, the Federal Aviation Administration released recordings of shocked commercial airline pilots describing how they encountered a UFO at 37,000 feet over the state of Arizona. The pilots described an incredibly bright light that wasn't an aircraft, and a subsequent investigation seemed to rule out military activity or weather balloons. Declassified UK Ministry of Defence UFO files contain several accounts of terrifying near-misses between airlines and UFOs, and the Civil Aviation Authority also has casefiles on such incidents.
  • In September 2020, cars were literally stopping on a New Jersey highway as astonished drivers honked their horns and got out of their cars, pointing and yelling in shock at the sight of a huge, saucer-shaped UFO. A video went viral on TikTok, but skeptics claimed that the mystery object was an airship, causing a furious row which is still raging. The video has since been posted multiple times on YouTube, with some of the clips having been viewed over a million times, showing the immense public interest in this subject.
  • In August 2014 in Houston, Texas, multiple photos and videos were taken showing a mystery object in the night sky. There were numerous independent witnesses and the pictures showed a disc-shaped craft with a ring of blue lights around the edge. The story even made the evening news as panicked locals heard the story and called in with details of their own sightings.
  • The island state of Hawaii has been the site of numerous UFO sightings over the years and some conspiracy theorists even think there's an alien base somewhere in the mountains. Ancient astronaut theorists believe that in the distant past, visiting extraterrestrials were worshipped as gods. In October 2016 a tourist was astounded when he captured a classic disc-shaped UFO hovering over the mountains at Waikane. The picture was passed to the Mutual UFO Network, a UFO-hunting organization that investigates thousands of sightings each year.


Aliens would certainly be the ultimate October Surprise, but whether or not we get official disclosure, government, military and intelligence community figures in the US have finally woken up to the fact that UFOs are a serious national security issue.

As for what happens next – watch this space.

Nick Pope worked for the Ministry of Defence for 21 years. From 1991 to 1994 he ran its UFO project.

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