This past week in Disclosure:
October 17th – Rep. Anna Paulina Luna confirms a secure briefing on UAP-related matters between Members of Congress and the Inspector General is imminent
Rep. Jared Moskowitz followed this up with a tweet, saying "Disclosure is coming".
For reference, whistleblower David Grusch provided classified UAP-related testimony + evidence to both the DoD Inspector General (in July 2021), and the Intelligence Community Inspector General (in May 2022).
Check the Disclosure Timeline if you need a quick recap.
October 17th – Former head of U.S. Government UFO Program confirms Government possesses advanced craft of unknown origin
Dr. James Lacatski, who previously led a U.S. government investigation into Unidentified Anomalous Phenomena (UAP) under the 'Advanced Aerospace Weapon System Applications Program (AAWSAP), appeared on the Weaponized podcast to promote the launch of his new book (co-authored with Colm Kelleher and George Knapp).
A particularly notable section from the book reads as follows:
‘At the conclusion of a 2011 meeting in the Capitol building with a U.S. Senator and an agency Under Secretary, Lacatski, the only one of this book’s authors present, posed a question. He stated that the United States was in possession of a craft of unknown origin and had successfully gained access to its interior. This craft had a streamlined configuration suitable for aerodynamic flight but no intakes, exhaust, wings, or control surfaces. In fact, it appeared not to have an engine, fuel tanks, or fuel. Lacatski asked: What was the purpose of this craft? Was it a life-support craft useful only for atmospheric reentry or what? If it was a spacecraft, then how did it operate?'
Speaking about the above passage within the book, Lacatski confirmed:
"What's in the book is an exact statement of the event that occurred in the congressional facility.”
Dr. Lacatski has not made any claims under oath, although his statements were cleared for public release by the Defense Office of Prepublication and Security Review (DOPSR). Note – this clearance does not speak to the veracity of the claims themselves.
For an in-depth review of the major claims made during this interview, you can refer to this article from the Liberation Times.
October 18th – AARO's updated 2023 annual report on UAP is published
The Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) and the Department of Defense (DOD) published the Fiscal Year 2023 Consolidated Annual Report on Unidentified Anomalous Phenomena (UAP).
The report is largely inconclusive, and primarily highlights ongoing efforts to improve data collection sources, quality and standardisation for more effective analysis.
While AARO stresses that the majority of reported UAP cases are resolved with prosaic attribution, the report does admit:
"...there are some cases where reported UAP have potentially exhibited one or more concerning performance characteristics such as high-speed travel or unusual maneuverability. AARO has de-conflicted these cases with potential U.S. programs and continues to work closely with its DoD and Intelligence Community mission partners to identify and attribute any objects found in these cases. [...] Although none of these UAP reports have been positively attributed to foreign activities, these cases continue to be investigated"
The report also underscores the importance of integrating space and maritime domains into the scope of AARO's work.
October 18th – US is receiving dozens of UFO reports a month, senior Pentagon official tells CNN
Dr. Sean Kirkpatrick, head of the Pentagon's UAP office (AARO), had some new statements published in a CNN article that came out a few hours before the release of AARO's 2023 consolidated Annual Report on UAP.
About half of the UAP-related reports contain enough data that they can be ruled out as “mundane things,” such as errant balloons or floating trash, Kirkpatrick said, but 2-4% are truly anomalous and require further investigation.
When asked to speak on Grusch's claims, Kirkpatrick demurred – saying he has “no evidence that suggests anything extraterrestrial in nature. If anybody thinks that they know where those things are, they should be coming to talk to us. That’s why we have set up this entire architecture for people to securely come in and talk to us.”
It is currently unclear whether the term 'extraterrestrial' encapsulates the full spectrum of Non-Human Intelligence, as defined in the UAP Disclosure Act of 2023.
October 19th – Rep. Tim Burchett provides specific dates for when Members of Congress will be discussing UAP-related matters with the DoD and IC IG
Rep. Burchett provided an update on twitter, indicating that Members of Congress will be discussing UAP-related matters in a SCIF with the DoD Inspector General on the 26th of October, and with the IC Inspector General on the 16th of November.
October 21st – Pentagon Inspector General confirmed to deliver member-only, classified briefing to House Oversight Committee members
Chad Pergram, Senior Congressional Correspondent for Fox News, confirms on Twitter that the DoD IG will deliver a members-only, classified UAP briefing to the House Oversight Committee at 9AM ET on October 25.
For reference, a sub-committee of the House Oversight Committee held the July 26 UAP Hearings.
At the time of writing, it is unclear if this briefing is the same one Rep. Burchett referred to as scheduled for the 26th...it seems likely but I included this just in case.
October 22nd – Dr. Kirkpatrick secretly set up a counsel of advisors to AARO, comprising alleged gatekeepers of the UAP legacy programs according to bold new allegations from Matt Ford
In Matt Ford's latest interview with USAF Nuke Officer David Schindele, he makes quite a bold new allegation in the introduction.
He claims a well-respected source has informed him that Congress-members and staff have become aware of a previously undisclosed 'counsel' of advisors to the Pentagon's AARO program, allegedly comprising individuals associated with being gatekeepers of the alleged Legacy programs.
If true, this would represent a massive betrayal of trust from an office that is meant to be providing transparent scientific analysis of reported sightings.
Things to look out for in the near future:
- According to Senator Gillibrand – a public hearing in line with AARO's latest report can be expected soon, saying –"I'll probably have another hearing aligned with that public report.”
- Members of Congress will be discussing UAP-related matters in a SCIF with the DoD Inspector General on the 25/26th of October
- Members of Congress will be discussing UAP-related matters in a SCIF with the Intelligence Community Inspector General on the 16th of November
- The SOL Foundation is holding its first annual conference at Stanford University on November 17-19, 2023. Covering everything from the scientific study of UAP data to philosophical questions raised by it to related global security issues, the meeting brings together Avi Loeb, Charles McCullough, Cristopher Mellon, Garry Nolan, Jacques Vallée, and other leading academic and government voices on UAP.
Beyond / unknown
- While the US Senate passed the NDAA for FY24 – which included the UAP Disclosure Act of 2023 as an amendment – the coming months will still require Senators and Members of Congress to reconcile the two chambers’ versions of the NDAA and produce a final compromise bill. Most commentators don't expect this to happen before December 2023.
- Following the UAP hearing on the 26th of July, Members of Congress have called for a select committee with subpoena authority, to “go about the task of collecting information from the Pentagon and elsewhere” on unidentified flying objects. There have been conflicting messages from various Members of Congress on whether this is likely to happen anytime soon.
- Reps. Moskowitz, Luna, and Burchett have repeatedly stated their intent to hold field hearings to overcome stonewalling from the Pentagon and military establishment
"I think we [Congress] should try to get into one of these places [housing UAP evidence]...and if they won't let us in I think we should have a field hearing right outside the building...and the military will have to explain why that is." – Rep. Moskowitz (D)
It is currently unknown when we might expect that to occur.
- Several journalists have indicated that first-hand witnesses of the alleged UAP legacy programs are in the process of providing testimony/evidence to the relevant authorities (e.g. the IC IG) and/or are on the verge of making public statements in the near future (Example 1, example 2, example 3, example 4)
Need a refresher on what's happened so far?
- Disclosure Timeline (since 2017)
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Key People
- Important Definitions
- The four viable explanations for UAP
- Last week's Disclosure Diaries update
- Call for UAP Transparency
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