Rep. Matt Gaetz (FL-01), along with Reps. Anna Paulina Luna (FL-13), Tim Burchett (TN-02), and Jared Moskowitz (FL-23) sent a letter to House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (CA-20) calling for the establishment of a Select Committee to investigate “Unidentified Anomalous Phenomena” or UAPs, commonly known as UFOs.
The letter highlights the sworn congressional testimony from an Air Force veteran and 14-year intelligence officer, revealing that the Pentagon intentionally leaves Congress uninformed about programs and information related to UAPs.
A former military intelligence officer-turned-whistleblower told House lawmakers that Congress is being ‘kept in the dark’ about unidentified anomalous phenomena, known as UAPs or UFOs, alleging at a hearing that executive branch agencies have withheld information about the mysterious objects for years.
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David Grusch, who served for 14 years as an intelligence officer in the Air Force and National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, appeared before the House Oversight Committee’s national security subcommittee alongside two former fighter pilots who had firsthand experience with UAPs.
Grusch said he was asked in 2019 by the head of a government task force on UAPs to identify all highly classified programs relating to the task force’s mission.
At the time, Grusch was detailed to the National Reconnaissance Office, which operates U.S. spy satellites.
“I was informed in the course of my official duties of a multi-decade UAP crash retrieval and reverse engineering program to which I was denied access,” he said.
Asked whether the U.S. government had information about extraterrestrial life, Grusch said the U.S. likely has been aware of “non-human” activity since the 1930s.
“We’re going to uncover the cover-up, and I hope this is just the beginning of many more hearings and many more people coming forward about this,” said Rep. Tim Burchett, a Republican from Tennessee.
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Gaetz’s letter calls for the establishment of a Select Committee –– with full subpoena authority –– to investigate and conduct oversight over the federal government’s response to UAPs.
“Mr. Speaker, we ask that you immediately establish a Select Committee, outside the jurisdiction of any standing committee, and with subpoena authority, to go about the task of collecting information from the Pentagon and elsewhere for the benefit of the public and to discharge our constitutional, legislative and oversight roles,” said Gaetz in the letter.
“This issue is much bigger than the news cycle: it represents a confluence of concerning governmental actions that indicates a lack of forthrightness on the part of the Pentagon and intelligence community. No governmental program, no matter how sensitive, can be outside the view of Congress. And yet, the Executive Branch routinely redacts and entirely withholds information in other domains that we are entitled to, and is doing so here,” said Gaetz.
“By establishing a Select Committee to investigate the United States government’s response to UAPs, the 118th Congress will have an opportunity to work through more significant issues of government oversight (including lack of budget transparency, overclassification, and unwillingness to respond to Congressional oversight), on a discrete issue that is readily understandable by the public, and which is of grave concern to our nation,” Gaetz concluded.
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