New Legislation Could Open Floodgates of Government UFO Reports
The US government just made it easier to report UFOs, possibly releasing people from non-disclosure agreements. Will this open the floodgates of information?
As part of the annual defense spending bill, within the National Defense Authorization Act for 2023, the House just approved an amendment that would make it easier for current or former members of the military, government-employed civilians, and contractors to report UFOs or UAPs as the government now calls them.
The measure was sponsored by Reps. Mike Gallagher of Wisconsin and Ruben Gallego of Arizona, who have been among those in Congress calling for more transparency into UFOs.
The amendment would create a secure system for reporting any UFO phenomena and protect those who come forward from any repercussions.
Gallagher told Politico, “I believe it’s possible that folks may be precluded from being fully transparent with congress due to their being bound by non-disclosure agreements… if that’s true, I want to make sure that there’s no technical reason preventing them from speaking to us.”
The amendment would establish a dedicated system to report, “Any event relating to unidentified aerial phenomena; and any Government or Government contractor activity or program related to unidentified aerial phenomena.”
So, not only does it require a report on UAP encounters, but a report on what was done about it. Furthermore, the amendment requires a review by the Inspectors General no less than one year after enactment to confirm the appropriate actions have been taken and confirm compliance with the new system.
Luis Elizondo, whistleblower and former director of the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program, reportedly told Politico the amendment was, “one of the greatest efforts in recent history to foster transparency on this topic,” and added, “This legislation may open the floodgates.”
All of this comes about two months after the first public hearing on UFOs in more than 50 years. And as we have recently reported, some on Capitol Hill have not been impressed by the lackluster response from national security agencies.
Meanwhile, the Senate is reportedly working on their own, similar, version of this bill that would also offer amnesty to anyone coming forward with information on UFOs. These measures could be the next step towards requiring compliance regarding disclosure.
What We Learned From the Latest Congressional UFO Hearing
The first public UFO hearing on Capitol Hill in more than 50 years was held this past week — here’s what we learned and what was left out…
A historic public hearing this week on Capitol Hill, as the Counterterrorism, Counterintelligence, and Counterproliferation Subcommittee held the first open UFO hearing since 1966. This hearing came after some lawmakers were reportedly not impressed by the classified briefings they had received as part of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).
In his opening statement, Deputy Director of Naval Intelligence Scott Bray, said, “We have seen an increasing number of unauthorized and/or unidentified aircraft or objects in military-controlled training areas, training ranges, and other designated airspace. Reports of sightings are frequent and continuing.”
He went on to say that one of the reasons they have more reports is their work to destigmatize the idea of reporting UFOs and putting into place a system to report them. Despite there being no major revelations, there were several moments to note in the hearing.