A House Oversight subcommittee hearing on UFOs held on Wednesday, July 25, was eye-opening, and people can’t stop talking about many of the revelations (or rather, “revelations”) that came to light during the hearing, which included talk of UFOs, the US government being in possession of “non-human” biological matter, and alien vehicle crashes.
Here’s what you need to know about how it all went down.
- Many on the committee believe this is an issue of public concern. According to the lawmakers who sit on the committee, Americans deserve to know about extraterrestrials living in the United States and whether or not the government is concealing their presence. After all, who knows when the aliens will start trying to take down humanity?
- UFOs could pose a serious threat, according to Rep. Robert Garcia, a Democrat on the committee. “The sheer number of reports, whistleblowers and stories of unidentified anomalous phenomena should raise real questions and warrant investigation and oversight. And that’s why we are here today,” he said during his opening statement, per NBC News. “UAPs, whatever they may be, may pose a serious threat to our military or civilian aircraft. And that must be understood.”
- The Pentagon says UFOs are definitely not being piloted by aliens. I never thought I’d agree with the federal government, but I think they may have a point here. They say the sightings could be drones, balloons, illusions, or even a commercial airliner that can’t be seen properly. In other words, they say there’s no evidence of E.T.s coming to America (though they do claim they’re open to the idea if they’re ever offered proof of such).
- Former U.S. intelligence official David Grusch is “absolutely” sure that the government has aliens and alien vehicles in its possession. He claims to have interviewed 40 witnesses in the past four years, during which time he learned of a “multidecade” program the Pentagon has been running to collect intelligence from these vehicles.
- The funds for this program aren’t in the public budget. According to Grusch, it’s “above congressional oversight” and paid for by a “misappropriation of funds.” He insisted that he has “specific knowledge” of how the Pentagon is paying for its alien research project but that the info on that is classified.
- So, what about the aliens? Grusch doesn’t like the term “extraterrestrials” and instead prefers “nonhuman.” Either way, he claims that while he’s never seen a UAP, “multiple colleagues” have, and they’ve even been injured by one. He’s also talked to people who recovered “nonhuman biologics” from crashed crafts. However, he declined to give details on that since it’s classified. “I have to be very careful here … [but] what I personally witnessed, myself and my wife, was very disturbing,” he said. The Pentagon is writing off Grusch’s claims, calling them “false.”
- UAP sightings are more common than we know about. However, many lawmakers and witnesses alike claim that those who see these crafts are afraid to come forward due to the stigma associated with it. Ryan Graves, a former Navy pilot, says that “fear” of “professional repercussions” keeps pilots from coming forward. That fear is “compounded by recent government claims questioning the credibility of eyewitness testimony.”
- Lawmakers hope by holding the committee, more people will feel empowered to speak out. He hopes to hold future conversations on the topic as well. “This hearing will not be the end of this discussion, but a new chapter and start. We should encourage more reporting and more study of UAPs. The more we understand, the safer we are,” he said.
- So, are we really safe? That depends who you ask. Former Navy commander David Fravor thinks not. Back in 2004, he and four other military pilots say they say a white Tic-Tac-shaped object hovering above the Pacific Ocean before taking off at high speeds. It not only had the ability to cloak itself in mid-air, but when it reappeared a few seconds later, it was 60 miles further away. “The technology that we faced is far superior to anything that we had. And there’s nothing we can do about it, nothing,” Fravor said.
Cue the “X-Files” theme song!