Transparency in Unidentified Aerial Phenomena (UAP), previously concealed by the government, is poised to see the light of day with the imminent introduction of fresh legislation. Backed by both sides of the aisle, this bill responds to mounting public interest triggered by whistleblower allegations of governmental agencies concealing vital information.
New York’s Democratic Senator, Chuck Schumer, is slated to introduce this legislation as a tweak to the defense policy bill. His Republican counterpart from Florida, Sen. Marco Rubio, strongly endorses this idea. There is also considerable likelihood of support from the House. Once enacted, this commission will possess the power to compel government agencies to unveil classified information concerning extraterrestrials or unidentified phenomena, as per reports from The New York Times.
The Schumer-sponsored Senate proposal sets a 300-day limit for government agencies to reveal related information. Subsequently, the findings will be laid before a 9-member review board, handpicked by President Joe Biden and ratified by the Senate.
According to Senate staffers quoted by The New York Times, this bipartisan team of nine will balance promoting transparency while protecting sensitive intelligence data.
On the House front, Rep. Tim Burchett (R-Tenn.) recently tabled a narrower resolution necessitating the Defense Secretary to declassify any Department of Defense documents or records about publicly acknowledged UAPs. This needs to be accomplished within 180 days of the Act’s enactment.
During a July 2 interaction with the space science podcast Event Horizon, Burchett disclosed the viewing of unreleased footage, affirming the existence of otherworldly or unusual aerial phenomena impacting global or national security.
Burchett expressed skepticism regarding any meaningful information disclosure by the Pentagon during a forthcoming House hearing, critiquing the Department of Defense as a vast bureaucracy with self-preservation as its prime agenda.
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), a long-standing advocate for openness regarding the U.S. government’s engagement with extraterrestrial phenomena, recently divulged that several intelligence whistleblowers had approached him with ‘first-hand’ knowledge of UAP programs. He intended to collect as much information as possible despite the whistleblowers’ job security concerns.
A recent high-profile whistleblower claim emerged from David Grusch, a former Department of Defense (DOD) intelligence officer, alleging the DOD’s covert retrieval of non-human-origin crafts. Having served on the UAP Task Force from 2019 to 2021, Grusch also claimed illegal retaliation following his disclosure.
In 2022, in a landmark first open congressional hearing since 1966, Pentagon officials shared two videos of UAPs with lawmakers. Additionally, in 2015, the Department of Defense declassified footage of UAP sightings by pilots during flights, which captured objects moving at speeds surpassing any known craft. Numerous witness accounts of UAP sightings continue to surface, with many caught on video.