Amid soaring national interest in UFOs, House lawmakers conducted an uncommon hearing on Capitol Hill on Wednesday, focusing on the US government’s knowledge and management of unidentified anomalous phenomena (UAP).
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This marked the second hearing of its kind in decades, with the previous one happening a half-century ago. NewsNation correspondent Joe Khalil noted the unprecedented public interest, tweeting about the remarkably long line of people waiting to attend the congressional hearing.
During the hearing, the House Oversight Committee received testimony from three witnesses: Ryan Graves, a former Navy pilot who reported multiple UAP sightings; David Fravor, another former Navy pilot famous for witnessing the 2004 “Tic Tac” incident; and Dave Grusch, a former intelligence official turned whistleblower, who accused the US government of unlawfully withholding UAP information from Congress.
“These sightings are not rare or isolated. They are routine. Military air crew and commercial pilots, trained observers whose lives depend on accurate identification, are frequently witnessing these phenomena,” said Graves, who claimed that the stigma attached to UAP “silences commercial pilots who fear professional repercussions, discourages witnesses, and is only compounded by recent government claims questioning the credibility of eyewitness testimony.”
Up until that juncture, the witnesses sought a secure and open procedure for reporting such incidents. “The objects that are being seen by commercial pilots are performing maneuvers that are unexplainable due to our current understanding of our technology and capabilities as a country, and that applies for the military as well,” said Graves. “We have nothing that can stop in mid-air and go the other direction, nor do we have anything that can, like in our situation, come down from space, hang out for three hours, and go back up,” added Fravor.
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Last month, Grusch grabbed headlines as the primary source behind a potentially explosive report on The Debrief, a relatively obscure website focusing on science and defense matters. According to the report, the US government was allegedly hiding information concerning its possession of “intact and partially intact craft of non-human origin,” which should have been disclosed to Congress but was unlawfully kept hidden. Grusch also asserted that the government had recovered deceased pilots from “nonhuman exotic-origin vehicles that have either landed or crashed.” The authors of the article on The Debrief were none other than journalists Leslie Kean and Ralph Blumenthal, who had previously played key roles in breaking the astounding 2017 New York Times report on UFOs, revealing the existence of a now-defunct secret Pentagon program aimed at investigating “unidentified flying objects.”
According to Fravor, that 2017 study “opened the door for the government and public that cannot be closed,” prompting the NDAA’s Whistleblower Protection Act. “What concerns me is there is no oversight from our elected officials on anything associated with our government processing or working on craft believed not from this world.”
However, Kean and Blumenthal encountered various editorial challenges with their latest UFO report. Despite their efforts, the New York Times, Washington Post, and Politico couldn’t meet the reporters’ desired speed for turning around the story.
During his testimony on Wednesday, Grusch emphasized a point of concern for some regarding The Debrief’s reporting process. He and Kean had not personally seen any documents or photographs of the alleged non-human craft. Nevertheless, Grusch maintained that his testimony was based on information provided by credible individuals with a long history of serving the country. These sources also shared compelling evidence, including photography, official documents, and classified oral testimony. Grusch diligently corroborated this evidence over four years while being part of the UAP task force. It’s important to note that Grusch acknowledged he had not personally witnessed any of the phenomena discussed throughout the hearing.
“If everyone could see the sensor and video data I witnessed, our national conversation would change,” Graves added. “The American people deserve to know what is happening in our skies. It is long overdue.”
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