Brazil’s Senate celebrates World UFO Day

Senate World UFO Day
Senator Eduardo Girão: “It’s too pretentious for humans to think we are alone in my God’s universe.” Photo: Still from TV Senado

The Senate held a special sitting on Friday for World UFO Day, celebrated by some on June 24 to commemorate the first widely reported UFO sighting in 1947 by Kenneth Arnold, an American aviator who claimed to see what he called “flying saucers” over Mount Rainier, in Washington state.

“After NASA placed the Hubble Space Telescope in orbit, in the 90s, humanity had to totally reassess its perspective on the universe,” Senator Eduardo Girão solemnly declared. 

Mr. Girão was the author of the motion for the special hearing to take place, and he was wearing a pin with the Brazilian and American flags. “In its first ten years of operation, the [Hubble] telescope photographed 30,000 new galaxies, previously unknown, some of which contain a trillion stars,” he said.

The senator added: “It’s too pretentious for humans to think we are alone in my God’s universe.”

Mr. Girão also celebrated the fact that, after his motion for the hearing was approved in the Brazilian Senate, the U.S. Congress also recently held a session on the same subject. “The American Congress held on May 17 (…) a public hearing on the Pentagon 2021 report,” he said.

During that hearing, Scott W. Bray, the deputy director of Naval Intelligence, told lawmakers that the military has not uncovered anything “extraterrestrial in origin,” even though there are incidents they cannot explain.

Mr. Girão happily added that NASA announced earlier this month it is commissioning a study team to examine unidentified aerial phenomena (UAPs) – “that is, observations of events in the sky that cannot be identified as aircraft or known natural phenomena,” as defined by the agency on its website. 

The senator was also behind a recent hearing on family constellation therapy, a group therapy technique that explores ancestral trauma through improvisation.