Ratcliffe Faults Biden Administration For Lack Of UFO Transparency
John Ratcliffe, former director of National Intelligence, speaks during the America First Policy Institute's America First Agenda summit in Washington, D.C., US, on Monday, July 25, 2022.
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Former Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe said there should be “more transparency” following a congressional hearing on unidentified anomalous phenomena (UAP), popularly known as UFOs.

The Biden administration “made the decision to really not reveal much and now you end up with House Republicans having to have these public hearings,” Ratcliffe said during an interview with Fox host Maria Bartiromo on “Sunday Morning Futures.”

“I believe there should be more transparency on this issue, but not full transparency,” Ratcliffe added. “The primary role of the federal government is to provide for the common defense and you know we don’t share all of the national security information with the American people, but the government should have done a better job.”

A House Oversight subcommittee held a UAP hearing on Wednesday with testimony from David Grusch, a former U.S. military and intelligence official who has gone public with whistleblower allegations about crafts of non-human origin being retrieved and kept from Congress, and two Navy veterans who have come forward with claims about mysterious flying objects that appear to defy the laws of physics and could threaten national security.


The Department of Defense released a statement insisting that its All-domain Anomaly Resolution Office (AARO), which has been tasked with investigating UFOs, “has not discovered any verifiable information to substantiate claims that any programs regarding the possession or reverse-engineering of extraterrestrial materials have existed in the past or exist currently.” In addition, AARO Director Sean Kirkpatrick said the hearing was “insulting” to members of his team.

Ratcliffe, a former U.S. congressman who served as the final director of national intelligence during the Trump administration, has spoken out periodically about UAP since leaving government.

In March 2021, Ratcliffe said “multiple sensors” were picking up on mysterious flying objects with strange properties. He also claimed there were “a lot more sightings than have been made public.” Since that time, the federal government has stepped up efforts to investigate UAP sightings and release some information about hundreds of encounters, but Ratcliffe contended that the effort has been poorly managed by the Biden administration.

“Had the government managed this a little bit better, it wouldn’t be as controversial,” Ratcliffe said on Sunday.

“There’s a lot of things that are unexplained,” Ratcliffe said. “I’ve gone to the edge of talking about information that’s classified. I can’t go over that line. This current administration would love nothing more than for me to trip over a classified-information line. I just think we could have put more information out to talk about all of that.”

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