Peru air force brings back its UFO probe team

October 19, 2013

Peru's air force has said it is reviving a department to research anomalous aerial phenomena—in other words, UFO sightings.

For people "who observe seemingly unconventional phenomena, which cause surprise or concern, know that there is an institution that will study and research your information," Colonel Julio Vucetich said in remarks published Saturday.

The Department of Investigation of Anomalous Aerial Phenomena, or DIFAA, will bring together sociologists, archaeologists and astronomers, as well as personnel, to analyze how often these events occur, where and what times, Vucetich said, according to the official Andina news agency.

DIFAA was first created in 2001, but it had been closed down five years ago due to administrative problems. Similar agencies exist in regional neighbors, including Brazil, Argentina and Chile.

Peru's office is now being reopened because of "increased sightings that are occurring in the country and that people are reporting to media," Vucetich said.

According to media reports, residents of the town of Marabamba, in the central Andes, this week saw luminous objects in the sky over several days.

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1 / 5 (2) Oct 19, 2013
Not much of a believer, but this site has some pretty interesting sightings
5 / 5 (2) Oct 20, 2013
The vast, nearly 100% variability in object design and the remarkably consistent extreme low quality of the photography do nothing to help make the case. If these things are out there puttering around as freely as the reports and images suggest, great hi-res images and video should be available. They're just not. Note to believers: 1) buy a good camera or even a cell phone with a decent camera, 2) learn how to take a decent photograph (step 2 is actually really important), 3) if you encounter a UFO, take as many quality photos as you can until you run out of recording medium.
1.2 / 5 (12) Oct 20, 2013
If these objects do exist, the variety that cannot be explained by unknown or unrecognized atmospheric electric discharge are almost assuredly earth based craft. It is far, far more likely there exists a suppressed technology than the idea we are being visited by "aliens".
5 / 5 (1) Oct 20, 2013
conspiracy nuts should be ranting about the phrase, "increased sightings that are occurring in the country and that people are reporting to media," because it obviously means that the government doesn't want this in the media. so they set up an agency you can report to instead of calling the news.
at any rate, whatever
@mayday. so, so true. as i've stated on youtube more than once. shaky footage of a blurry dot does not a ufo make.
1 / 5 (11) Oct 21, 2013
Sightings of finger like objects around Uranus, also corresponds with increased reports of Alien Anal Probings.

I for one welcome christ coming into me from low earth orbit.
2.6 / 5 (5) Oct 21, 2013
The shaky, blurry videos are typical of UFO sightings. You can find heaps of them on Youtube. And certain high quality photos could've been faked or photoshopped. Imo, I don't agree with labeling absolutely everyone who has seen something "crazies". Many won't even come out and mention anything, in fear of being ridiculed. I'm thinking if they have seen something, it's probably mistaken identity. Or as cantdrive said, some classified military craft.

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