In 2007, the Pentagon established a top-secret program dedicated to studying unidentified flying objects: UFOs. Unidentified phenomena have been reported in our skies for decades, and strange happenings have been reported for decades. In 1947, a pilot saw nine discs flying at incredible speeds-up to 1,200mph-over Washington State. That same year, the infamous Roswell Incident, where the Air Force admitted to possession of a “flying saucer,” set off a frenzy of saucer-shaped sensationalism. Though it’s more likely that Roswell was a coverup of Project Mogul- a mission to detect sound waves generated from Soviet atomic bombs-it became an indelible fixture of pop culture. The fact that the public thought of it as a precursor to an extraterrestrial invasion was convenient.
Over the decades, however, as UFO sightings and claims of abductions have ballooned into something uncontrolled, the government has put out a singular, unwavering message: UFOs do not exist, and we have no knowledge of any species not of this Earth.
Yesterday’s hearing strained that claim to its absolute limits. Not only were there very public assertions of craft in our skies that defy current known human technological boundaries but also that there may have been possession of non-human peoples piloting downed crafts. According to David Grusch, the whistleblower claiming he has interviewed dozens of unnamed government employees with relevant knowledge, the United States government has collected materials from UAP (unidentified aerial phenomena) crashes for decades. This includes the deceased remains of people who he claims are non-human. According to him, there has been an effort to retrieve this material to
reverse engineer technology far beyond the realm of current human scientific capabilities.
One of the most damning claims?
“The US government is operating with secrecy, above congressional oversight, with regards to UAPs.”
Governmental response was swift and harsh.
Response from the Pentagon included this message: “To date, AARO (All-domain Anomaly Resolution Office) 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. AARO is committed to following the data and its investigation wherever it leads.”
NASA, the governmental organization tasked with the mission of bringing humans to the stars and knowledge to the public, had this to say: “One of NASA’s key priorities is the search for life elsewhere in the universe, but so far, NASA has not found any credible evidence of extraterrestrial life and there is no evidence that UAPs are extraterrestrial. However, NASA is exploring the solar system and beyond to help us answer fundamental questions, including whether we are alone in the universe.”
It is important to note here that there is, so far, no publicly available documented proof to back up any of Grusch’s claims, nor of the others who have come before him. Seventy years of this sort of claim by former government officials has resulted in nothing of great note being released to the public. However, Grusch’s claims are some of the
biggest-and, if true, potentially most foundation shaking-to ever come out of our obsession with the galaxy that lies beyond our reach.
On the stand, Grusch claimed government retaliation for his efforts in bringing awareness of these secret coverups, both professionally and personally. When asked if American civilians have been murdered to protect government efforts to keep the door closed, Grusch immediately said he could not comment.
Though Grusch’s testimony is-currently-unverifiable, there have been hundreds of accounts from highly trained military personnel for decades. In January, Politico reported at least 510 known incidents of UAPs in protected airspaces or near “sensitive facilities.” At least half of those, according to the government force tasked with handling these reports, were easily dismissed. 171 remain unsolved, many of which “have demonstrated unusual flight characteristics or performance capabilities.” In early February, global attention was fixed as the United States shot down three unidentified flying objects. At least one of them was a balloon, though the others remain unidentified to the general public. Public speculation has been mounting for decades and this latest-perhaps greatest-of the whistleblowers could perhaps finally bring about an answer to the age-old question: Are we alone in this universe?
Humans might just be about to boldly go where no one has gone before.
If you would like to report a UFO sighting, the National UFO Reporting Center has a link on its website. Go to 222.nuforc.org and click ‘file a report.’