This past week in Disclosure:
August 15th – The Department of Defense Office of Inspector General (DoD OIG) released a classified report on its “Evaluation of the DoD’s Actions Regarding Unidentified Anomalous Phenomena (UAP).”
The DoD OIG will release an unclassified overview of the report at a later date.
August 15th – Sol Foundation launches to research Unidentified Aerial Phenomena
The Sol Foundation is a new think tank that has been established to research the philosophical, policy, and scientific implications of UAP. The foundation is founded by Dr. Garry Nolan, and features whistleblower David Grusch as its COO.
According to a press release – this new scientific foundation will convene world class scholars and civil service experts to conduct academic studies into the implications of UAP, and will also provide tangible policy recommendations to government leaders based on its cutting-edge research.
August 17th – The Hill convened lawmakers and experts to provide analysis and answer questions about possible national security risks with regards to UAP.
- Rep. Tim Burchett (R-TN), Member, House Oversight & Accountability Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Information Technology, & Government Innovation
- Greg Eghigian, Former Director, Science, Technology, & Society Program, Pennsylvania State University; Professor of History & Bioethics, Pennsylvania State University
- Ryan Graves, Executive Director, Americans for Safe Aerospace
- Rep. Anna Paulina Luna (R-FL), Member, House Oversight & Accountability Committee
- Rep. Jared Moskowitz (D-FL), Member, House Oversight & Accountability Committee
Key takeaways and quotes from the event:
- "If we are reverse engineering technology based on stuff that has crash landed here from other civilizations, we can't just tell the American people that's not true forever. The American people deserve to know...The idea that there's 170 UAP incidents that we can't describe. I don't actually think that's true. I think we can describe them. I just think we're unwilling to" – Rep. Moskowitz (D)
- "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)
- Members of Congress are working on the appointment of a select committee with subpoena authorities to get to the bottom of the latest whistleblower allegations, and overcome the internal stonewalling they have faced thus far.
- Hearing many of David Grusch's whistleblower claims in full detail requires what is known as a SCIF, due to the sensitive and confidential nature of the evidence. Members of Congress are working on establishing the requirements to facilitate such a SCIF, and claim they have faced significant resistance from a variety of elements within the U.S. government in achieving this aim.
- The sentiment of – if there's nothing to hide and these people are lying under oath, then why is there so much pushback on getting some transparency here? – has been raised by multiple Members of Congress.
- There has been an uptick in reported UAP sightings from commercial pilots, according to Ryan Graves. This may be due to a decrease in stigma, better systems to collect reports, and/or an actual increase in UAP activity.
- The importance of getting data and tangible evidence to corroborate claims is of utmost importance, reiterates Greg Eghigian
August 18th – Ryan Graves begins releasing information related to UAP encounters by Commercial Pilots, which he has received as part of his ongoing efforts through Americans for Safe Aerospace
Former U.S. Navy pilot Ryan Graves has started to share information (text, video, photo) related to the UAP encounters that have been reported to his military pilot-led nonprofit organization focused on UAP – Americans for Safe Aerospace.
Ryan Graves was one of the former pilots who testified before Congress on July 26, 2023 during the UAP hearing.
Note that these accounts are not conclusive without further verification.
You can follow along on his Twitter page.
August 19th – Christopher Mellon, the former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Intelligence provides an update on the status of further UAP Hearings
"Sadly, it appears that there is little prospect at this time of further hearings on the UAP issue by the House Oversight Committee.
However, the Intelligence and Armed Services committees remain engaged and there is far-reaching legislation in the DoD Bill that establishes a process for declassifying unprecedented amounts of UAP data." – (Link)
Things to look out for in the near future:
- Congress is still on its August recess, so don't expect too much in terms of meaningful updates until (mid/late) September
- Following the UAP hearing on the 26th of July, Members of Congress continue to call for a select committee with subpoena authority, to “go about the task of collecting information from the Pentagon and elsewhere” on unidentified flying objects.
Many of David Grusch's most explosive whistleblower claims may require these subpoena authorities in some capacity in order to be sufficiently (in)validated.
- The House and the Senate will conclude their August recess and resume their activities in September. Specifically – the U.S. Senate will be in recess until September 5, while the House will be in recess until September 12
- 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.
- Ryan Graves, of Americans for Safe Aerospace, tweeted "Commercial pilots have been recording sightings. With their permission, I’ll begin to share." – indicating we can expect an increase in documented sightings from trained observers.
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