UFOs are on the Senate agenda and the Senate Intelligence Committee wants answers. Not only that, they want the answers made public! In UFO parlance, that’s called “Disclosure.” A June 23, 2020 report in Politico carries the story.
Frustrated by a complete lack of transparency and a failure to systematically deal with UFO intrusions into U.S. airspace, the Senate Intelligence Committee is throwing down the gauntlet. A new provision in the annual intelligence authorization bill demands U.S. intelligence agencies and the DoD to cooperate in creating a detailed and coordinated report about such intrusions. The Intelligence Committee wants to see the information from the Office of Naval Intelligence, the FBI, satellite data, other surveillance data, and even data obtained through espionage. The report is to be completed jointly by the director of national intelligence and the secretary of defense within 180 days. What’s more, the Senate Intelligence Committee wants the report made public.
The report is to contain information from the Office of Naval Intelligence, the FBI, satellite data, other surveillance data, and even data obtained through espionage.
The provision has not yet been adopted by the full Senate, and it would need to also pass the House. It’s guaranteed to raise some serious objections along the way. The provision allows that some information may need to remain classified, and it allows the DoD to include a classified annex to the report that the public would not see. That’s reasonable when the data involves U.S. military assets and strategic information.
Under the direction of Senator Marco Rubio, the Intelligence Committee is also calling for the creation of a centralized and consistent system for dealing with military and government reports and studies on unidentified aerial phenomena, whether it be drones, foreign aircraft, or otherwise. The Intelligence Committee seems particularly anxious over the possibility of advanced foreign aircraft, a concern reminiscent of UFO studies in the Cold War Era.
The Intelligence Committee expressed concern “that there is no unified, comprehensive process within the federal government for collecting and analyzing intelligence on unidentified aerial phenomena, despite the potential threat.” That’s putting it mildly. The government has demonstrated remarkable incompetence and lack of resolve in handling the issue, from the Project Blue Days until the present.
The Senate committee wants full transparency revealing which agencies are collecting such information, who is responsible for analyzing it.
It also noted that “information sharing and coordination” around the issue has been inconsistent and “lacked attention from senior leaders.” In other words, investigations have been largely kept under the radar and unofficial. Therefore, the committee calls for a public analysis of all data collected on the phenomenon, including the recent encounters reported by Navy pilots.
But wait. There’s more!
The Intelligence Committee wants everything out in the open, including full transparency revealing which agencies are collecting such information, who is responsible for analyzing it, and how the information is shared within the intelligence community. The Committee also wants recommendations for further research.
It’s certain to stir up controversy and initiate some interesting high-level conversations.
This is pretty much the highest-level and most-significant demand for Disclosure we have ever had. The UFO research community generally assumes that the government conceals what it knows about the phenomenon. The demand for “Disclosure” refers to the government making its information about UFOs public.
This has been brewing for a while now, starting with the 2017 New York Times article about the Pentagon’s secret Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program (AATIP) followed by the release of Navy gun-camera videos and Navy concessions admitting that pilots were encountering unexplained phenomenon in U.S. airspace. Those revelations started an avalanche of reports from former Navy officers and pilots, inspiring the Navy to change its procedures and require pilots to start reporting phenomenon encountered.
Last summer UFOdays reported on how Senators received briefings on Navy encounters, as did President Trump. We also noted that Senator Mark Walker sent a letter to Navy requesting explanations. More recently, the Pentagon officially released the three guncamera videos and confirmed their authenticity.
Whether or not the bill’s provision survives the legislative process remains to be seen, but at the very least, it’s certain to stir up controversy and initiate some interesting high-level conversations. Stay tuned.
It’s like we’ve been saying at UFOdays.net: “It’s happening.”
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