The decade's most triggering comedy
Rubio, who is vice chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, told News Nation on Monday that people have approached Congress with allegations over the “last couple of years.” Although lawmakers are trying to “gather as much of that information as we can,” they are doing so carefully as “a lot of these people came to us even before protections were in the law for whistleblowers to come forward,” Rubio explained.
“Some of these people still work in the government, and frankly a lot of them are very fearful,” Rubio said. “Fearful of their jobs, fearful of their clearances, fearful of their career, and some frankly are fearful of harm coming to them.”
UFO whistleblower David Grusch is not the only high-level government official to come forward with such claims, according to Sen. Marco Rubio. NewsNation's @JoeKhalilTV breaks down what he learned when speaking with Rubio.
— NewsNation (@NewsNation) June 27, 2023
Some of these whistleblowers have “first-hand knowledge or first-hand claims of certain things,” Rubio said. And most of these people have held, either in the past or currently, “high clearances in high positions in our government,” he added.
The interview took place after Grusch, a U.S. military and intelligence veteran, revealed to The Debrief that he gave classified information to the Intelligence Community inspector general and Congress. He claims the disclosure shows some programs have retrieved craft of non-human origin, and this information has been illegally kept from Congress.
Rubio acknowledged there may be some overlap between officials referenced by Grusch as having firsthand knowledge of the program and people who have come forward to his committee.
Grusch’s public debut three weeks ago has motivated lawmakers on Capitol Hill to investigate whether the U.S. government may be hiding information about UFOs. Some House members are planning a hearing in response to the new allegations. Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) said the U.S. government appears to have “downplayed” the number of UFO sightings.
So far, the Department of Defense has simply pointed to its All-domain Anomaly Resolution Office (AARO), which has been tasked with investigating UFOs, and said that team has “not discovered any verifiable information to substantiate claims that any programs regarding the possession or reverse-engineering of any extraterrestrial materials have existed in the past or exist currently.”
But there could be more revelations with provisions in the proposed fiscal 2024 Intelligence Authorization Act that threatens funding for programs involving unidentified anomalous phenomena that have not adequately conveyed to Congress and AARO’s director. It also seeks to establish protections against civil and criminal penalties for contractors who come forward with information about such programs.
Rubio indicated that he is reserving judgment for the time being, stressing that some of the claims are beyond the realm of what lawmakers have ever dealt with before.
“What I think we owe them is just a mature, you know, understanding, listening and trying to put all these pieces together and just sort of intake the information without any prejudgment or jumping to any conclusions in one direction or another,” Rubio said.
He also said: “You do ask yourself, like: What incentive would so many people, with that kind of qualification — these are serious people — have to come forward and make something up?”