US will be forced to open the real X-Files
A 180-day countdown for the Pentagon and spy agencies to reveal what they know about UFOs has begun.
It comes after US President Donald Trump signed a $2.3 trillion ($A4.14tn) COVID-19 relief and government funding bill on Sunday, reported The US Sun.
Thanks to an act included in the bill, federal agencies must publish a report in the next six months.
The provision wasn't included in the text of the 5593-page legislation, but as a "committee comment" attached to the annual intelligence authorisation act.
The Senate Intelligence Committee, which is chaired by Republican Senator Marco Rubio, has requested for the report to include "detailed analysis of unidentified phenomena data" in restricted US airspace, as well as data and intelligence collected or held by the Office of Naval Intelligence.
The report must also contain analysis of the potential threats posed by "unidentified aerial phenomena to national security, and an assessment of whether this unidentified aerial phenomena activity may be attributed to one or more foreign adversaries."
The request comes after the US Department of Defence released three navy videos in April showing pilots interacting with UFOs.
The clips showed three separate incidents involving "unidentified aerial phenomena," one from November 2004 and two from January 2015, including the famed "Tic Tac" video.
Then, at the end of a press briefing in April, Mr Trump called the footage "a hello of a video".
Later in the year, in an interview on his son Don Jr's TV show Triggered, he responded to a question on Roswell - where UFO enthusiasts believe an alien spacecraft crashed in 1947.
He said: "I won't talk to you about what I know about it, but it's very interesting."
Meanwhile, a former CIA director said it was wrong to believe there is no other life forms beyond Earth as he commented on shocking declassified videos showing the infamous "Tic-Tac" UFO near a US navy ship.
John Brennan said on a podcast it was "presumptuous and arrogant" for people and governments to believe that the organisms found on Earth were the only forms of life in the universe.
"I think some of the phenomena we're going to be seeing continues to be unexplained and might, in fact, be some type of phenomenon that is the result of something that we don't yet understand," Brennan said.
"And that could involve some type of activity that some might say constitutes a different form of life," he said.
It comes after a leaked Pentagon photo of a mysterious "silver cube" hovering over the Atlantic sparked fears of possible aliens living within the ocean.
The Defence Department's Unidentified Aerial Phenomena Task Force issued two classified intelligence "position reports," one in 2018 and one last summer," The Debrief reported.
A cockpit photo was apparently included in the 2018 position report that showed an "unidentified aerial phenomena," or UAP.
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