Disclosure Diaries Update #18

A summary of notable Disclosure updates from Dec 11 - Dec 17, 2023.

Disclosure Diaries Update #18

This past week in Disclosure:

December 11-12th – David Grusch returns for an interview on NewsNation to discuss the watering down of the UAP Disclosure Act

David Grusch refers to the gutting of important UAP-related provisions in the FY24 NDAA as "the greatest legislative failure in US history". Whether you believe in his claims or not, he suggests that the blocking of attempts to further transparency should offend citizens across the board (skeptics, believers, neutrals alike).

He admonishes those who watered down the language, and advocates for the Executive Branch to pick up the slack to ensure the establishment of an independent Review Board as defined in the original UAPDA language.

Check out Part 1 and Part 2 of his interviews here.

December 12th – Senator Mike Rounds appears for an interview on NewsNation to discuss UAP

Republican Sen. Mike Rounds of South Dakota, one of the co-sponsors of the UAP Disclosure Act joined “NewsNation Live” to discuss what’s next, saying lawmakers will continue to more forward to find more transparency.

"The American people would love to know, was there something found in the past that helped us develop some of our technologies? That is something that remains to be disclosed." (Clip link)

There are other folks who would like to share more, they want to have information that they can have protected […] there are several different areas where we’ve gotta be able to retrieve material from, or information from” (Clip link)

December 13th – Majority Leader Schumer & Sen. Rounds engage in a floor colloquy on UAP Provisions in the NDAA & future legislation on UAPs

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) conducted a colloquy (a scripted conversation, essentially) with Senator Mike Rounds (R-SD) on UAPs and the importance of advancing bipartisan legislation to increase government transparency and oversight in the NDAA. You can read the full transcript here.

"We have also been notified by multiple credible sources that information on UAPs has also been withheld from Congress, which if true is a violation of laws requiring full notification to the legislative branch – especially as it relates to the four congressional leaders, the defense committees, and the intelligence committee." - Sen. Schumer

"...probably the most significant shortcomings [...of] the conference committee agreement that are now being voted on were the rejection, first of all, of a government-wide review board composed of expert citizens, presidentially appointed and Senate confirmed, to control the process of reviewing the records and recommending to the President what records should be released immediately or postponed, and a requirement as a transparency measure for the government to obtain any recovered UAP material or biological remains that may have been provided to private entities in the past and thereby hidden from Congress and the American people. We are lacking oversight opportunities, and we are not fulfilling our responsibilities." - Sen. Rounds

December 13th – The US government should tell the public what it knows about UFOs, an opinion piece in the Guardian covers the UAP topic

An opinion piece in the Guardian covers the latest news surrounding the UAP-related language that made it into the FY24 NDAA (as well as the portions that were gutted from the original UAPDA).

A key question is raised in the article – "So why did this small group of Republicans – including the House speaker, head of the House intelligence committee and the Senate minority leader – kill [the UAPDA language]?"

December 14th – NY Times: Congress orders U.F.O. Records released but drops bid for broader disclosure

The article explores the UAP-related language that was included in the FY24 NDAA, and also underscores the fact that key provisions were removed – significantly weakening the impact of the bill in terms of furthering tangible transparency efforts.

The article was also followed up by an opinion piece on the 16th of December, which calls for whistleblowers to come forward with tangible evidence.

Author's note – The article neglects to mention that this evidence has already been presented to the DoD and IC Inspector Generals, as well as various intel committees in the House and Senate. Let's hope the NYT follows up with these folks to understand why something deemed "credible and urgent" has yet to see the light of day...

December 14th – "We’re being visited by a non-human intelligence." says Retired Rear Admiral Tim Gallaudet

Retired Rear Admiral Tim Gallaudet appeared for an interview with Ross Coulthart to stress (what he believes) to be an urgent need to disclose the reality that 'we are not alone'. He discusses the motivations for a cover-up, the fact that the public will likely never hear the full story, as well as his own experience dealing administratively with a reported UAP incident.

December 14th – David Grusch appears as a guest on the Tucker Carlson show

Tucker Carlson hosted UAP Whistleblower David Grusch in a lengthy interview he posted on X. Grusch provides a reiteration of many of his previous claims, and describes the environment surrounding the allaged Legacy programs as: "just the wild, wild west in some sense where there are all of these silos of activity. There is no monolithic...you know, director of these activities. It just became this uncontrolled, unmanaged black abyss.".

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 were meant to discuss UAP-related matters in a SCIF with the Intelligence Community Inspector General on the 16th of November, however this session has been delayed until January 12.
  • Senators and Members of Congress have officially submit the reconciled version of the NDAA, so all that remains is for President Biden to sign it into law

Beyond / unknown

  • 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)
  • David Grusch has received additional clearances through DOPSR to discuss some of his (alleged) first-hand knowledge of Legacy programs. He has mentioned he may be covering more of this information in an upcoming Op-Ed

Need a refresher on what's happened so far?

Want to dive deeper into the topic?

I recently started hosting longer-form conversations with relevant figures in the UAP disclosure space to go beyond the headlines and provide more context on the broader discourse. These conversations are available on YouTube and Spotify:

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