Three military veterans, including a former Air Force intelligence officer who asserted the U.S. government had run a covert “multi-decade” reverse engineering program of recovered vessels, testified during the eagerly awaited hearing by Congress on UFOs on Wednesday.
Additionally, he claimed that the US had retrieved non-human “biologics” from purported crash sites.
However, despite the fact that “little green men” were brought up, the majority of the conversation focused on ways to improve the reporting of UAPs, the military’s term for UFOs (increasingly, UAP refers to “anomalous” phenomena rather than “aerial” phenomena to account for sightings in both air and water).
There are also calls to ensure that government initiatives that look into UAP sightings are overseen and to reduce the stigma associated with aviators who report them.
Retired Maj. David Grusch, a former member of the Pentagon’s UAP Task Force who later turned informant, told the national security subcommittee of the House Oversight Committee that he had been denied access to some government UFO programs but claimed to know the “exact locations” of UAPs held by the United States.
Federal and military authorities have given a wealth of information regarding inexplicable aircraft encounters in response to public interest and political pressure, although many sightings have been revealed to be of pedestrian origin, including weather balloons, drones, airborne rubbish, and birds.
According to The Associated Press, the Pentagon’s inquiries on Wednesday did not yield “any verifiable information to substantiate claims that any programs regarding the possession or reverse-engineering of extraterrestrial materials have existed in the past or exist currently,” according to a statement from Defense Department spokeswoman Susan Gough.
Additionally, according to Grusch, the Americans have recovered biological material that is “non-human” from the craft’s pilots. He continued, “That was the assessment of people with direct knowledge on the [UAP] program I talked to, that are currently on the program.”
Grusch volunteered to reveal specifics behind closed doors, but he held back from doing so during the open hearing.
Grusch claimed that he hasn’t personally seen any extraterrestrial creatures or vehicles and that his beliefs are based on the testimonies of more than 40 witnesses whom he spoke with over the course of four years while serving on the UAP task team.
According to Grusch, “My testimony is based on information I have been given by people with a long history of credibility and service to this country — many of whom also shared compelling evidence in the form of photography, official documentation, and classified oral testimony,” he said, adding that the trove of evidence has been purposefully kept secret from Congress.
Grusch dodged questioning from lawmakers several times during the hearing by claiming he could only elaborate in a SCIF, or sensitive compartmented information facility. Among these were inquiries into whether the government had interacted with extraterrestrials and whether anyone had been killed to hide information about “extraterrestrial technology.” Grusch stated he was unable to comment.
The former intelligence officer also admitted to the panel that he and a number of his coworkers had been the victims of “administrative terrorism,” and that ever since coming forward, he has occasionally feared for his life.
“It was terribly sad and brutal. Some of the strategies they employed to harm me both personally and professionally,” he stated, adding that an inquiry is still ongoing.
UAP sightings are common and widespread.
Graves described a 2014 encounter with a flying object off the Virginia Beach shore. He claimed that while flying an F-18, he came across an aircraft that resembled a “dark gray or black cube inside of a clear sphere” and was unlike any other aircraft he had ever seen. Grave asserted that even in hurricane-force winds, the UAP might remain stationary.
He admitted to MPs that although his squadron had at the time submitted a safety report, he never received an official acknowledgement of the occurrence. The former pilot claimed that UAP sightings there were “not rare or isolated.”
Since then, Graves has established Americans for Safe Aerospace, an organization that aids pilots who have reported UAPs. He said that according to reports from military and commercial pilots, the objects “are performing maneuvers that are unexplainable due to our current understanding of our technology and our capabilities as a country.”
“Our country’s conversation would change if everyone could see the sensor and video data I witnessed,” he continued.
“Incredible technology” unlike anything we have
Cmdr. David Fravor, a retired Navy officer, gave the panel his own unsettling experience of a UAP encounter that had been caught on camera in 2004. (The public was given access to the footage by the Pentagon in 2020.)
When Fravor and three other service personnel witnessed a white flying object in the shape of a “Tic Tac” emerge above the Californian coast near San Diego, they were astounded, according to Fravor.
He described the UAP as having “no rotors, no rotor wash, or any visible flight control surfaces like wings.”
When he and the other pilots attempted to approach the enigmatic object, “it rapidly accelerated and disappeared right in front of our aircraft,” leaving no turbulence that could be seen.
The technology we encountered, according to Fravor, was far more advanced than anything we had. “I’m not a big admirer of UFOs. But we cannot get close to what we observed with four pairs of eyes. Incredible technology, really.
Before any officials followed up on the exceptional occurrences of the day, according to Fravor, it was several years, and even then, “nothing was done.”
Gasps coming from the extra room
The eagerly awaited hearing was open to the public, and attendees lined up for hours to get a seat.
An unidentified 22-year-old from New York City told NPR that he made plans to attend “knowing that it’s something that could be a historic moment” because of the stigma that “still persists around the subject.”
Grusch, Graves, and Fravor were three men with long military careers, and he watched them tell their tales from an overflow room with roughly 100 other riveted viewers.
Although their claims “sound fantastical” when taken out of context, he claimed that given the backgrounds of all three witnesses, he is a believer.
He wasn’t the only one, either.
When Grusch brought up non-human biologics, “there was definitely a gasp and everyone was definitely a little bit shocked,” he claimed. When Grusch later talked about the personal retaliation he experienced, the man claims there was a similar reaction.
The hearing is the latest attempt by Congress, which claims that UAPs are a matter of national security, to exert pressure on intelligence agencies for greater transparency regarding them.
“UAPs, whatever they may be, may pose a serious threat to our military and our civilian aircraft, and that must be understood,” said California Democratic Rep. Robert Garcia. “Instead of discouraging reporting on UAPs, we should promote it. We shall be safer the more we comprehend.
Similar concerns were expressed by Grusch, Graves, and Fravor, who called for a “safe and transparent” centralized reporting mechanism. The men went on to say that they believed that removing the stigma associated with UAP reports through public conversation would inspire others to do the same.
Former Navy pilot Graves calculated that just 5% of UAP sightings are reported to the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and the All-Domain Anomaly Resolution Office.
Graves stated, “I implore us to put stigma aside and face the security and safety threat this matter represents. “If UAP are foreign drones, this poses a serious threat to national security. If it’s something else, it’s a scientific problem. Unidentified objects pose a threat to flight safety in either scenario. The people of America have a right to know what is going on in the skies. It’s way past due.
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