A Game of Secrets: Pentagon and Congress Lock Horns Over UAP’s

Ryan Graves, Americans for Safe Aerospace Executive Director, from left, U.S. Air Force (Ret.) Maj. David Grusch, and U.S. Navy (Ret.) Cmdr. David Fravor, testify before a House Oversight and Accountability subcommittee hearing on UFOs, Wednesday, July 26, 2023, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Nathan Howard)

If you’ve seen or heard anything from the news this past week, you’d notice quite a bit of talk about unidentified anomalous phenomenon, the new and trendy way to name UFO’s. Former Pentagon Task Force member turned whistleblower, David Grusch broke a story with News Nation in early June with two groundbreaking allegations: Extraterrestrial beings exist and the Pentagon has collected proof.

This wasn’t the first time such a thing has been implied. In 2017, the New York Times made a report regarding a program the Pentagon had called the “Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program,” of which the funding for seemed to fall entirely off the grid without any records to trace where the money went. Then, in 2020, the Department of Defense declassified footage taken by the military of supposed “Unidentified Aerial Phenomenon” in action and in 2021, CBS ran a 60 Minutes segment involving two navy pilots who closely encountered what is now known as the “Tic Tac” UAP. Last year, NASA opened up a program to study and evaluate what they call “Unidentified Anomalous Phenomenon,” expanding the scope of UAP’s and are expected to give their first report next month.

Still image of footage leaked in 2017 and confirmed by the Pentagon in 2020. Credit: Wall Street Journal

That brings us back to the events of last month, when whistleblower David Grusch broke his story and brought UAP’s once more to the public’s attention. What’s different this time? Well, Congress smells something foul and they don’t like it. Last Wednesday, they held an Oversight Committee hearing with David Grusch, and two other witnesses, Ryan Graves and David Fravor. Grusch served for 14 years as a high ranking intelligence officer for the Pentagon analyzing satellite imagery and footage of reported UAP incidents. Ryan Graves and David Fravor are both former US Navy pilots who have received and read reports on UAP sightings and in the case of David Fravor, encountered them himself. Fravor’s encounter is covered in depth by the 60 Minutes segment that aired two years prior.

WASHINGTON, DC – JULY 26: Ryan Graves, executive director of Americans for Safe Aerospace, testifies during a House Oversight Committee hearing titled “Unidentified Anomalous Phenomena: Implications on National Security, Public Safety, and Government Transparency” on Capitol Hill 26, 2023 in Washington, DC. Several witnesses are testifying about their experience with possible UFO encounters and discussion about a potential covert government program concerning debris from crashed, non-human origin spacecraft. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

What did Congress want to dig up in the hearing? According to David Grusch, the Pentagon and associated defense contractors have been collaborating to misappropriate government funds in order to bookmark it for this supposed secret UAP program. He stated that contractors would overcharge on certain items in the budget so that when Congress provides them with additional funding, the extra money could instead be allocated elsewhere, a claim that lines eerily well with stories on errors like the one that occurred last month, giving the Pentagon an additional $6.2 billion in alleged aid for Ukraine.

Whether or not you believe the stories regarding UAP sightings to be true, it is clear the Pentagon is up to something fishy. Given that Congress is specifically tasked with overseeing where taxpayers dollars go, the idea that billions are potentially being smuggled into some classified program they are denied access to irks many on Capitol Hill. Following the hearing last Wednesday, members of the Congressional Oversight Committee from both parties have stated they are prepared to subpoena witnesses, images, and footage if they need to. But talking about the political ramifications of the Pentagon taking what may be unconstitutional liberties in denying Congress access to information and oversight only covers one part of this story. What about the UAP’s? Is all this talk of extraterrestrial ‘non-humans’ as Grusch calls them legitimate or is it just a bunch of hot air?

Still image of footage captured by the US military of a pill shaped UAP passing a US drone. Credit: Department of Defense

According to Navy pilots, David Fravor and Ryan Graves, it is very legitimate and it poses a serious threat to the security of the United States. Matt Gaetz, who served on the Armed Services Committee for seven years and one of the only congress members to claim having seen such classified information concerning UAP’s stated that he “cannot attach [UAP’s] to any human capability either from the United States or any of our adversaries.” Fravor and Graves gave similar testimonies, stating that UAP’s carried no heat signature or evidence of propulsion, were capable of omni-directional movement, and often disabled radar systems, missile systems, and even lock on functions such as the ones on cameras that are meant to capture encounters such as ones with UAP’s, making photos and videos difficult to capture as they are done manually by pilots and other service members.

Should we be worried? My initial assessment was no. It appeared that until now, UAP’s seemed to be doing nothing more than observing us, assuming they are truly out there. However, this morning, news broke of an investigative journalist named George Knapp who smuggled documents out of Russia that date back to 1993 stating that the Soviets have also come into contact with UAP’s even attempting to chase and engage them at least 45 times up to the writing of the report. Three times, the UAP’s returned fire, blasting the jets and killing two pilots. The Ministry of Defense then issued a nationwide order to stop attempts to engage UAP’s as the Russians assessed they had “incredible capacities for retaliation.” When returning to the question of whether these UAP’s are worth worrying about, my assessment shifts into a maybe.

Retired Commander David Fravor, former Commanding Officer in the US Navy, arrives to testify during a House Subcommittee on National Security, the Border, and Foreign Affairs hearing titled “Unidentified Anomalous Phenomena: Implications on National Security Public Safety and Government Transparency,” on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, on July 26, 2023. (Photo by Brendan SMIALOWSKI / AFP) (Photo by BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP via Getty Images)

A few months ago, the Pentagon declassified yet another video of a UAP sighting that occurred in 2022, this one in the Middle East. It appears they are very interested in this subject and according to David Grusch, the military is actively collecting technology and “non-human biologics” that originate outside of our planet. A bold claim to make under oath before Congress’ Oversight Committee but as all this continues to go on, more reports pour in. Congressman Tim Burchett stated that he and his colleagues in the Oversight Committee intend to continue pursuing the matter but mentions that the Pentagon has consistently opposed them, blocking access to witnesses, reports, and yes, even the supposed technologies and biologics Grusch claims are in their possession. It does not seem like the matter will be solved without shaking down a few intelligence officials and whether Congress will reach the bottom of this rabbit hole remains to be seen. Many, including Representative Tim Burchett suspect more information will come to light in due time but cautions that it will be a slow, grueling process.

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