For the first time in over 50 years, Congress will hold an open hearing regarding UFOs.
The hearing is scheduled for next Tuesday by the House Intelligence Committee’s subcommittee on Counterterrorism, Counterintelligence and Counterproliferation. Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence & Security Ronald Moultrie and Deputy Director of Naval Intelligence Scott Bray, will testify, The New York Times reported.
Congress last held an open hearing regarding UFOs since 1970, the outlet noted.
John Greenewald Jr., creator of TheBlackVault.com, claimed military intelligence officials have redacted loads of information. He told Hill.TV, “They won’t tell you a single, visual observation on what shapes these are. It really solidifies the secrecy behind what these UAP really are. … That begs the question: why? Why is simply a shape of a vehicle a threat to national security if they tell the national public? What could that reveal?”
The hearings follow the release of a report last June from the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) detailing 144 cases of UFOs observed and reported by military aircraft from 2004 to 2021. The DNI stated, “The limited amount of high-quality reporting on unidentified aerial phenomena (UAP) hampers our ability to draw firm conclusions about the nature or intent of UAP.”
Although some reported incidents could be the result of “sensor errors, spoofing, or observer misperception,” the report stated that there were likely multiple types of unidentified aerial phenomena requiring different explanations.
Citing the reluctance of some observers to relate what they had experienced, the report added, “Although the effects of these stigmas have lessened as senior members of the scientific, policy, military, and intelligence communities engage on the topic seriously in public, reputational risk may keep many observers silent, complicating scientific pursuit of the topic.”
The DNI said that the report “provides an overview for policymakers of the challenges associated with characterizing the potential threat posed by UAP.”
In April, The Daily Wire noted, “Documents from a 2010 report from the now-defunct Advanced Aviation Threat Identification Program (AATIP), a program funded by the Pentagon, claim that Americans who encountered UFOs had suffered radiation burns, brain and nervous system damage.”
Those documents, part of 1,500 pages released to The Sun, which originally filed a Freedom of Information Act request in 2017, stated, “Sufficient incidents/accidents have been accurately reported, and medical data acquired, as to support a hypothesis that some advanced systems are already deployed, and opaque to full US understandings.”
“The report — titled Anomalous Acute And Subacute Field Effects on Human and Biological Tissues — investigates injuries to ‘human observers by anomalous advanced aerospace systems,’” The Sun reported, adding that the report also stated that humans had been injured from “exposures to anomalous vehicles, especially airborne and when in close proximity. … The report noted that often these injuries are related to electromagnetic radiation – and links them to ‘energy related propulsion systems.’”