"We've got to get an answer": UFOs catch Congress' interest

The report set for release this week, which Congress mandated, is intended to end the stigma often associated with UAPs and emphasize to Americans that the intelligence community views the sightings as a major vulnerability for the U.S.

Republicans and Democrats alike viewed those steps as positive but long overdue, especially since classification barred lawmakers from publicly discussing the nature of the threats. While lawmakers stayed mum, some former U.S. presidents openly teased juicier details — in the case of some airborne objects, “we can’t explain how they moved,” Barack Obama told late-night host Stephen Colbert last month.

“There’s a lot of interest on the committee,” said Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.), who chairs the Intelligence panel and has learned of sightings off the coast of his home state. “When you have this much visual and radar evidence that there is something … we’ve got to get an answer.”