This past week in Disclosure:
August 28th – Rep. Tim Burchett confirms he will meet with speaker Kevin McCarthy when Congress resumes in September, to discuss the establishment of a Select Committee on the UAP issue
August 29th – Pilot UFO sightings collected by NASA reveal serious safety concerns regarding objects in US airspace
Recent incident reports from U.S. pilots have raised concerns about potential collisions with unidentified objects in controlled airspace.
These reports, submitted to NASA's Aviation Safety Reporting System, describe encounters with unidentified anomalous phenomena (UAP) in U.S. airspace, underscoring ongoing safety worries regarding these mysterious aerial objects.
August 30th – Deputy Defense Secretary Kathleen Hicks takes direct oversight of Pentagon’s UAP office
Deputy Defense Secretary Kathleen Hicks recently moved to personally oversee the Pentagon’s unidentified anomalous phenomena (UAP) investigation team formally known as the All-domain Anomaly Resolution Office (AARO). She will now hold regular meetings with AARO’s inaugural director, Sean Kirkpatrick — who has been repositioned to report directly to her from now on.
Hicks had the following to say on the UAP topic – “The department takes UAP seriously because UAP are a potential national security threat. They also pose safety risks, and potentially endanger our personnel, our equipment and bases, and the security of our operations. DOD is focusing through AARO to better understand UAP, and improve our capabilities to detect, collect, analyze and eventually resolve UAP to prevent strategic surprise and protect our forces, our operations, and our nation.”
August 31st – The Department of Defense Launches the All-domain Anomaly Resolution Office Website
The DoD has launched a website dedicated to the All-domain Anomaly Resolution Office (AARO), offering the public information on AARO's efforts to understand and address unidentified anomalous phenomena (UAP).
The website will feature declassified photos and videos of resolved UAP cases, reporting trends, FAQs, official reports, transcripts, and useful resources, such as relevant statutes and tracking sites.
In the near future, a secure reporting tool will be added for current and former U.S. government personnel and contractors to report directly to AARO, following compliance with various acts.
While the website is currently but a small step towards transparency – aiming to encourage existing reporting mechanisms for service members and government employees – they have plans to announce a reporting mechanism for the general public soon as well.
September 1st – The Pentagon's UFO Office has reportedly started the coordinated collection and analysis of materials with unknown origin
Multiple U.S. intelligence and defense sources have informed Liberation Times that the Pentagon's UAP office is actively collecting and analyzing materials of unknown origin related to an alleged UAP event.
The composition of these materials remains unexplained, and the analysis is ongoing, preventing confirmation of their origin. The Pentagon has not refuted these claims, however there are indications that individuals directly involved in these programs are considering whistleblower complaints to the Intelligence Community's Inspector General.
Pentagon spokesperson, Susan Gough, had the following to say – “To date, the All-domain Anomaly Resolution Office (AARO) has not discovered 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.”
Things to look out for in the near future?
- The House and the Senate will soon conclude their August recess and resume their activities. Specifically – the U.S. Senate will be in recess until September 5, while the House will be in recess until September 12
- 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.
- The letter following up on Grusch's claims submitted to the ICIG by Reps. Burchett, Luna, Moskowitz (et al.) requests a response by Sep 15, and access to the classified material(s) by Sep 26
- On the 12th of September – the Mexico Chamber of Deputies is preparing to conduct a hearing focused on Unidentified Anomalous Phenomena (UAP), with notable guests including Ryan Graves and Robert Salas in attendance
- Steven Spielberg's production company will launch a 4 part docu-series covering UAP/UFO Encounters on Netflix in September (Link)
- 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.
- According to Senator Gillibrand – an updated UAP report from AARO can be expected by January 2024. This update was originally expected in August 2023, but faced delays.
- A NASA spokesperson confirmed that their 'independent study team’s report will be released in the coming weeks.' This report has also faced delays, and no specific new deadline has been confirmed as of yet.
- 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.
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 update
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