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An alien doll hangs out a car window in downtown Roswell, New Mexico July 1, 2000 as part of the annual UFO Encounter, which runs through July 4, 2000. The annual festival stems from a mysterious crash northwest of Roswell in 1947. The Army initially said it was a UFO crash, but quickly backed off that report. The Pentagon has since said it was a top-secret balloon crash, but UFO enthusiasts don''t believe that story, which gives rise to what has become known as the "Roswell Incident". (Photo by Joe Raedle/Newsmakers)

Is the U.S. government taking another step toward admitting that they know something is out there? Cue “X-Files” music.

According to CNN, the Defense Department is creating a new task force to find and identify UFOs in restricted airspace. The announcement comes after the intelligence community verified a series of what it called military sightings of unexplained aerial phenomena earlier this year.

In a report to Congress, intelligence officials said they couldn’t identify the mysterious aircraft. However, they found no evidence that the sightings were extraterrestrial in nature or anything originating from other countries. So what were they? The government acknowledged that the reports are worth studying and may pose a national security threat. Gulp.

The new Airborne Object Identification and Management Synchronization Group will succeed a Navy task force started last year to “improve understanding and gain insight into UFOs.” Basically, they’re trying to streamline all of the reports and analysis…because something is out there!

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