The U.S. could enter a new age of UFO transparency with the passage of new legislation that’s expected to be included in national defense policy bill.
The Unidentified Anomalous Phenomena (UAP) Disclosure Act will declassify documents and records about publicly known sightings of UAPs, the U.S. government’s preferred term for UFOs.
Specifically, records of ‘any program or activity was protected by restricted access that has not been explicitly and clearly reported to Congress’ and efforts to ‘obfuscate, manipulate public opinion, hide or otherwise provide incorrect unclassified or classified information’ about UFOs.
It also requires the creation of a ‘secure’ channel for UFO reporting that includes protection of government employees’ jobs and from retribution; searches for all nondisclosure agreements related to UFOs/extraterrestrial life; and updates to Congress by Sept. 30, 2023, and every fiscal year until 2026.
The bipartisan UAP Disclosure Act includes a search for records about UFOs going back to Jan. 1, 1945, although it’s unknown how many documents exist.
The Senate version was modeled after the President John F. Kennedy Assassination Records Collections Act of 1992 and will create a UAP Records Collection as well as an independent UAP Records Review Board.
‘The UAP Records Collection would carry the presumption of immediate disclosure, which means that a review board would have to provide a reasoning for the documents to stay classified,’ the office of Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said in a press release.
Schumer, who is pushing the legislation with Sen. Mike Rounds, R-S.D., is expected to introduce the legislation as an amendment in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).
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‘For decades, many Americans have been fascinated by objects mysterious and unexplained, and it’s long past time they get some answers,’ Schumer said in a statement.
‘The American public has a right to learn about technologies of unknown origins, non-human intelligence, and unexplainable phenomena. We are not only working to declassify what the government has previously learned about these phenomena but to create a pipeline for future research to be made public.’
The bipartisan legislation sets a 300-day deadline for government agencies to provide UAP-related records to the Review Board, which has 72 hours to either release the records or postpone disclosure.
The president can agree or overturn the board’s decision.
A similar version was introduced in the House by Tim Burchett, R-Tenn., who has been outspoken on the UFO topic and has pushed for more transparency.
Burchett’s UAP declassification was included as an amendment in the House version of NDAA, which narrowly passed on Friday with a 219-210 vote after just four Democrats voted ‘yes,’ matching the four Republicans who voted against it.
The hunt for UFOs, and the subsequent destigmatization of the topic, has been like a pressure cooker for the last few years.
It became boiling hot when decorated Air Force veteran David Grusch blew the whistle on a secret UFO retrieval program run by the government.
He claimed they hid information from Congress about ‘dead, non-human’ pilots and reverse engineering extraterrestrial technology.
Although nothing has been publicly verified, Grusch is believed by many experts in the field, and recent statements by Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., seem to back his claims.
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Rubio told NewsNation in a recent interview that other members of the intelligence committee have come forward with ‘firsthand’ accounts of crashed UFO tech.
‘There is a lot we still don’t know about these UAPs and that is a big problem,’ Rubio said after the Senate’s UAP Disclosure Act was announced.
‘We’ve taken some important steps over the last few years to increase transparency and reduce stigmas, but more needs to be done. This is yet another step in that direction, and one that I hope will spur further cooperation from the executive branch.’
All ‘recovered technologies of unknown origin (TUO) and biological evidence of non-human intelligence (NHI)’ is considered to be property of the federal government by eminent domain.
AARO is a specialized department in the Pentagon that investigates UAPs. It’s headed by Dr. Sean Kirkpatrick, who said about 2%-5% of the 800 cases AARO is looking into are ‘truly anomalous.’
NASA is also investigating UFOs, running on a separate but parallel track as AARO.
Both NASA and AARO are expected to release separate reports this summer.