(RepublicanReport.org) – History has recorded sightings of strange flying for centuries. The United States government reportedly started taking an active interest in the phenomenon in modern times during World War II. However, its involvement in research and investigations remained largely secret until the last few years, when federal entities started releasing public reports about UFOs, commonly referred to in government circles as unidentified aerial phenomena (UAP).
In June 2021, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence issued a preliminary assessment of UAP. The report gathered some public interest but was designed to help lawmakers understand the challenges of investigating their potential threats and developing relevant policies, procedures, and training for government personnel and military service branches.
On July 26, the House Subcommittee on National Security, the Border, and Foreign Affairs held a hearing on the possible implications of UAP in matters concerning national security and public safety. The panel also explored the challenges of maintaining government transparency regarding the subject.
Here are a few key takeaways from that hearing.
6 Memorable Exchanges from Congress’ Unidentified Aerial Phenomena Hearing
Several moments from the roughly two-hour hearing stood out from the others, including opening statements from the subcommittee chair, Rep. Glenn Grothman (R-WI), and ranking member Rep. Robert Garcia (D-CA).
However, the testimony from the three witnesses revealed the most memorable exchanges from the hearing. They included: Ryan Graves, the executive director of Americans for Safe Aerospace; Commander David Fravor (Ret.), US Navy; and David Grusch, the former National Reconnaissance Officer Representative for the Defense Department’s Unidentified Phenomena Task Force.
1. Non-Human Pilots
One of the most explosive moments occurred when Rep. Nancy Mace (R-SC) asked about the presence of UAP pilots. Grusch responded that officials had recovered “non-human” biologics from crashed aircraft — presumably the pilots of those aerospace vehicles.
2. Violent Crimes Committed To Conceal Alien Tech
Burchett asked Grusch if he had any knowledge that anyone had been “harmed or injured” as part of an effort to “cover up or conceal … [any] extraterrestrial technology.” Grusch responded that he had direct personal knowledge of instances of that happening. He directed the congressman to “appropriate authorities” when asked if he knew of any murders.
3. Acts of Aggression
Rep. Eric Burlison (R-MO) asked Grusch if he knew of any “disturbing” or “aggressive” behavior presented by UAPs or federal employees. The witness confirmed he knew of “multiple colleagues” that received physical injuries. Asked if the UAPs or government workers committed the violent acts, Grusch gave a one-word answer — “Both.”
4. UAPs’ Physical Appearance
Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD) asked Graves if there was any commonality regarding the physical appearance of UAPs witnessed by Navy pilots. Graves responded that the unidentified aircraft resembled black or dark gray “cubes [located] inside a clear sphere.”
5. Do UAPs Have Jamming Capabilities?
Rep. Tim Burchett (R-TN) asked Fravor if he had experienced the presence of any jamming technology interrupting government radar systems. The retired commander responded that his crew had “experienced significant jamming” to one of its radar systems, a “very high-end system.”
6. The Government Possesses UAPs
Grusch told the panel he was “absolutely” sure the federal government possessed UAPs. Asked to support his remark, he said he interviewed roughly 40 witnesses over four years to make that assessment.
Rep. Jared Moskowitz (D-FL) asked him how the project received funding. Grusch responded that the operation was bankrolled using a “misappropriation of funds” to keep the effort “above congressional oversight.”
Individuals seeking more information about the hearing can watch it on the GOP House Oversight Committee’s YouTube page.
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