Indiana Democrat Rep. Andre Carson the House Intelligence Committee’s Counterterrorism, Counterintelligence, and Counterproliferation subcommittee on Tuesday as they held hearing on UFOs.
They discussed the 140 Unidentified Aerial Phenomena” (UAP) instances recorded by the government in recent years. He discussed how the Department of Defense “quietly restarted” efforts to track unexplained aerial activity years ago under the direction of the Airborne Object Identification and Management Synchronization Group (AOIMSG).
Carson said that UFOs (or UAPs) sightings have had a stigma associated with them so many pilot avoided reporting.
He said “pilots avoided reporting, or were laughed at when they did. DOD officials relegated the issue to the back room, or swept it under the rug entirely, fearful of a skeptical national security community. Today we know better. UAP’s are unexplained, it’s true, but they are real. They need to be investigated, and many threats they pose need to be mitigated.”
"Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-Wis.) says he doesn’t believe that a secret cabal of government officials and contractors are hiding a captured alien spaceship.
But he wants to make sure — so that we can all move on to more serious business.
One of the most eye-popping moments during a House Intelligence Committee hearing on UFOs on Tuesday was when the Wisconsin Republican pressed Pentagon officials on claims that a “glowing red orb” once shut down nuclear weapons in Montana and that a recently leaked document revealed that other-worldly vehicles — and possibly even extraterrestrial bodies — are being kept from government leaders and the public.
Gallagher was quickly dubbed a hero on #UFOtwitter for having the guts to finally hold national security officials accountable. Others expressed surprise that a sitting congressman was willing to go there, given the lack of corroborating evidence in the public domain and the overall topic’s pop culture saturation with science-fiction fantasy over fact.
But the retired Marine Corps officer who also sits on the House Armed Services Committee says it’s time to set some of these wild theories to rest.
“The quicker DoD can disconfirm certain hypotheses that they should be able to easily disconfirm, the better we can focus time and energy on more plausible hypotheses,” he told POLITICO on Wednesday.
During the hearing, Gallagher asked Ronald Moultrie, the top Pentagon intelligence official, and Scott Bray, the deputy director of naval intelligence, whether they were aware of an unverified 2002 document known as the “Wilson-Davis memo.”