This was a big week for the UFO buffs of America, as Congress had their first public hearing on the subject in over 5 decades on Tuesday.
During that hearing, government officials detailed a number of high profile and highly credible sightings of strange aircraft that display out-of-this-world capabilities. Some even came with video, shared in front of the nation in one of the first true disclosures our government has ever really given us.
But, believe it or not, there is likely a whole lot of juicy details that we haven’t gotten.
As Congress prepares to hold the first public hearing on UFOs in half a century, the Pentagon and intelligence agencies are feuding internally over how much to cooperate with demands to investigate and share what they know, according to current and former national security officials.
Pentagon officials are under increasing pressure to carry out Congress’ recent mandate to establish a permanent effort to coordinate research into reports of highly advanced aircraft of unknown origin intruding into protected airspace.
Just how bad is it?
“Without forcing peoples’ hand, it is going to be very difficult to uncover legacy ventures and programs that we know about based on oral interviews we dug up,” said a Defense Department official who is involved in the new effort but was not authorized to speak publicly. “There has to be a forcing mechanism.”
“There has to be something to hold people accountable but also give them a chance to come out clean for a period of time,” the official added, noting that in his experience the Pentagon oversight group has been “stonewalled.”
The official said there are people with knowledge of the phenomena who have yet to contribute to the oversight effort.
“These people exist and they are protecting very interesting information,” the official said.
Some lawmakers have already expressed their disappointment in this week’s hearing, suggesting that there wasn’t much by way of substance.