This past week in Disclosure:
October 3rd – Ryan Graves hosts an AMA on YouTube, and indicates it's only a matter of time until he interviews the weapon system officer that recorded the gimbal video
October 3rd – Rep. Kevin McCarthy is voted out as Speaker of the House
October 4th – Christopher Mellon, former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Intelligence, joins Chris Cuomo for a wide-ranging conversation about government bureaucracy & transparency
Mellon goes in depth about why the government has been so secretive about UFOs and UAPs, including the reasons agencies err on the side of classifying material over public disclosure, and how cultural biases affect attitudes toward unexplained phenomenon.
He takes a level-headed approach when asked to justify why he believes NHI may be responsible for some of the incidents faced by American pilots:
"so I've not taken a position that any of these things [are] necessarily of extraterrestrial origin but there are cases like the Nimitz where I don't know how else to explain it and my main point is that we need to keep an open mind and not rule that out"
October 7th – Daniel Sheehan makes a podcast appearance, and namedrops some of the candidates for the impending UAP-related Review Board
Sheehan, a constitutional and public interest lawyer, public speaker, political activist and educator, appeared in a new interview with Vinnie Adams, and elaborates on the fact that his New Paradigm Institute (part of the the 501(c)(3) Romero Institute) has collaborated with a variety of other independent organisations to come up with a consensus list of 9 primary nominees for the Review Board, , as its defined in the UAP Disclosure Act of 2023. (summary + overview of definitions here if you need a refresher)
For context – Sheehan's "The New Paradigm Institute" has been designated as one of the agencies authorized to nominate people to this Review Board.
In the interview he only mentions two of their primary nominees by name:
- John Podesta: former WH chief of staff to Clinton, counselor to Obama, chairman of Hillary's presidential campaign etc....
- Leon Panetta: former Secretary of Defense (2011–2013), director of the CIA (2009–2011), White House Chief of Staff (1994–1997), director of the Office of Management and Budget (1993–1994), and U.S. Representative from California
October 8th – Panel at ScienceWriters2023 highlights the importance of de-stigmatising the study of UAP and improving data collection methods
CU Boulder hosted an annual gathering of hundreds of science journalists and communicators from around the country and abroad, called ScienceWriters2023.
A panel on UAP, consisting of the following:
- Dan Vergano (Moderator) Scientific American, Senior opinion editor
- Nadia Drake (Panelist) Quanta, Physics editor
- Mick West (Panelist) Metabunk.org, Writer and UFO investigator
- Iain Boyd (Panelist) CU Boulder, Director, Center for National Security Initiatives
- Thomas Zurbuchen (Panelist) ETH Zurich Space, Director
While the NHI hypothesis was largely brushed aside, the panel was able to form a consensus around supporting further scientific study of UAP, emphasising the need to improve data collection and reduce the stigma associated with the field.
Things to look out for in the near future:
- According to Senator Gillibrand – an updated UAP report from AARO can be expected within a matter of weeks. This update was originally expected in August 2023, but faced delays.
- In line with this updated report, Gillibrand also mentioned –"I'll probably have another hearing aligned with that public report.”
- On October 19, NASA will hold another public meeting to discuss the Final Report of the ESAC Subcommittee Unidentified Anomalous Phenomena (UAP) Independent Study Team (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.
- 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)
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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