Last week, the Defense Department briefed Senate Intelligence Committee Vice Chairman Mark Warner, D-Virginia, and two other senators on what appears to be part of an effort by the military to inform politicians about several encounters that Navy pilots have had with unidentified flying (and submerged) objects.

"If naval pilots are running into unexplained interference in the air, that's a safety concern Senator Warner believes we need to get to the bottom of," spokesperson Rachel Cohen said in a statement to Politico.

The interest in these "unidentified aerial phenomenon" has continued to grow in Congress and elsewhere since The New York Times published interviews with Navy pilots who have reported seeing "strange objects" capable of reaching 30,000 feet and defying the laws of physics and aerodynamics. Skeptics say that the strange aircraft are more likely secret government projects or weather events rather than UFOs.

We're not sure which is more frightening — the prospect of alien visitors with capabilities far beyond anything we can envision, or mankind with those same capabilities.

Richmond Times-Dispatch

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