Unless you were living under a rock, you probably know how groundbreaking July was surrounding the conversation of life outside of our planet. Retired military veterans testified before Congress to discuss unidentified flying objects (UFOs), dubbed unidentified aerial phenomena (UAPs) by the U.S. government. The public hearing featured striking testimony from retired Major David Grusch.
In 2019, Grusch was working for the National Reconnaissance Office, which is responsible for spy satellites. He testified that he was asked to lead a government task force on UAP sightings, according to Time.
Following the hearing, there seemed to be more questions than answers about a potential cover-up of extraterrestrial life. Below are five things that we can’t stop thinking about following the earth-shattering hearing.
1. The Government Takes UAP Sightings Very Seriously
The government does not take sightings of UAPs lightly due to their potential impact on national security. Some concerns arise that these sightings may involve unknown aerial surveillance technology developed for spying purposes.
Navy pilots and other American military forces have reported hundreds of occurrences of flying objects moving in unusual ways, just in the past few years! This includes making directional changes in a manner that current technology does not support. It also includes stopping so abruptly that the g-forces involved would be lethal to any humans on board. Three years ago, the Pentagon released video evidence of three Navy sightings of UAPs, acknowledging the existence of these unusual flying objects.
2. “Non-Human” Activity for Nearly a Century?!
During the hearing, Grusch revealed that he was told about a multi-decade UAP crash retrieval and reverse engineering program. As for whether the government knew of the existence of extraterrestrial life, Grusch said the United States has known about “non-human” activity since the 1930s. However, he also said that he was “denied access” to the actual program.
3. The Pentagon Denies a Cover Up
In response to Grusch’s claims, Sue Gough from the Department of Defense said the Pentagon has not found “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.”
She added, “The Department is fully committed to openness and accountability to the American people… DoD is also committed to timely and thorough reporting to Congress.”
4. What Were Those “Brutal” Retaliatory Tactics?
When Grusch decided to make the information public, he asserted that he faced punishment for being a whistleblower but refrained from disclosing specific details about the retaliatory actions taken against him. He testified: “It was very brutal and very unfortunate, some of the tactics they used to hurt me both professionally and personally.”
Rep. Burchett asked Grusch if he knew anyone who had possibly been harmed in their efforts to conceal knowledge of alien technology. Grusch stated he knew “multiple colleagues” who were injured in relation to UAP activities.
5. Congress May Also be in the Dark
Grusch, who was under oath, did not reveal detailed information during the hearing because he said the information was classified. However, he insisted the government was concealing UAP information from Congress as well as the general public.
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By Noelle Talmon, contributor for Ripleys.com