UFOs: House Committee holds much-anticipated public hearing on ‘unidentified aerial phenomena’

WASHINGTON — A panel of the House of Representatives is holding a public hearing on Tuesday on “unidentified aerial phenomena” popularly known as UFOs, a high-profile moment for a controversial topic that has long been relegated to the fringes of public policy.

The hearing, which began at 9:00 a.m. ET, was convened by the Counterterrorism, Counterintelligence and Counterproliferation Subcommittee of the House Intelligence Committee, a panel chaired by Democratic Rep. André Carson of Indiana. As part of the proceedings, Ronald Moultrie, Undersecretary for Intelligence and Security, and Scott Bray, Deputy Director of Naval Intelligence, will appear before the subcommittee. Following the conclusion of the public hearing, the panel will also hold a confidential briefing in camera.

The event marks the first public congressional hearing on UFOs in decades. It follows the historic release by US intelligence agencies last year of a long-awaited report on mysterious flying objects that have been moving through restricted military airspace for the past few decades.

The report examined 144 reports of what the government calls an “unidentified aerial phenomenon” – investigators were only able to explain one by the end of the study. Investigators found no evidence that the sightings represented either extraterrestrial life or a major technological advance from a foreign adversary such as Russia or China, but acknowledge that this is a possible explanation.

For lawmakers and intelligence and military personnel working on unexplained air phenomena, the bigger concern with the episodes isn’t that extraterrestrial life is visiting Earth, but that a foreign adversary like Russia or China could deploy some sort of next-generation technology in America’s airspace , which the United States is unaware of.

In November 2021, the Department of Defense announced the creation of the Airborne Object Identification and Management Synchronization Group.

The department said in a press release at the time that the purpose of the new program would be to synchronize efforts across the US government to “detect, identify and map” “objects of interest” in restricted airspace to all associated ones Assess and mitigate security threats to flight and national security.”

In a statement before the hearing, Carson said, “The American people expect and deserve that their government and intelligence leaders seriously assess and respond to all potential risks to national security — particularly those that we do not fully understand.”

The subcommittee chairman continued, “Since coming to Congress, I have focused on the issue of unidentified airborne phenomena, which pose both a national security threat and an interest of major concern to the American public. And I am pleased to chair the Intelligence Committee’s first open hearing on these events. It will give the American people an opportunity to learn everything they need to know about incidents. And I look forward to hearing from our witnesses on this critical matter.”

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