Will Trump Block the Public From Learning About UFOs?
Article by Andrew Daniels November 23, 2020 (popularmechanics.com)
• Noting its concern “that there is no unified, comprehensive process within the federal government for collecting and analyzing intelligence on [UAP], despite the potential threat,” in June, the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI) authorized appropriations for fiscal year 2021 under the Intelligence Authorization Act (IAA) which included the Pentagon’s ‘UAP Task Force’ to provide a report on UFO links to “adversarial foreign governments, and the threat they pose to US military assets and installations” within 180 days. House bill H.R. 6395 is set to pass this bill into law.
• Now, President Trump is threatening to veto the 2021 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which includes the UAP Task Force directive in the IAA, if lawmakers don’t remove a bipartisan amendment to rename military bases named after Civil War Confederate leaders. The NDAA must be passed and signed before Congress adjourns on January 3rd.
• If Trump vetoes and the NDAA doesn’t pass before the deadline, the public will have to wait longer still for the much-anticipated disclosure of UAP/UFO secrets.
• The build-up to this point of having a publicly released report on UFOs stems from the US Navy’s confirmation in 2019 that the three Navy jet videos of separate UFO encounters that was released in 2017 were authentic, but never should have been released. In April 2020, The New York Times reported that the military has created a new UAP Task Force to continue the work of previous Pentagon programs that secretly studied UFOs.
• Then in a July New York Times article, the former US Senator from Nevada, Harry Reid, said he believes “crashes of objects of unknown origin may have occurred and that retrieved materials should be studied … actual materials that the government and the private sector had in their possession.” That same Times article quoted the astrophysicist Eric Davis, who consulted with the Pentagon’s original UFO program and now works for a defense contractor, who had come to the conclusion that “we couldn’t make [certain alien materials] ourselves.” Davis had briefed a DoD agency as recently as March 2020 about retrieving materials from “off-world vehicles not made on this Earth.”
• This prompted SSCI chair Senator Marco Rubio to ask who’s responsible for UAP/UFO spotted over American military bases, and whether it could be the Chinese or Russians having made some sort of technological leap. Or if UFOs originate from off-planet. The Senate’s SSCI appropriations bill added the IAA provision with the UAP/UFO public report language.
• In August, the DoD officially approved the UAP Task Force, which the Times had reported in April, to “improve its understanding of, and gain insight into, the nature and origins of UAPs,” Pentagon spokesperson Sue Gough told Popular Mechanics at the time. “The mission of the task force is to detect, analyze, and catalog UAPs that could potentially pose a threat to US national security.”
• A Trump veto of the NDAA may stall the momentum of a UFO movement that has rapidly captured mainstream attention over the last two years.
President Donald Trump says he’ll veto the 2021 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), the annual bill that sets the budget and policies for the U.S. military, if lawmakers don’t remove a bipartisan amendment to rename military bases named after Confederate leaders, according to an NBC News report.
The NDAA, which must be passed and signed before Congress adjourns on January 3, covers troop pay raises and funding for new equipment, among other items. But it also includes language that could ultimately change what the American public knows about UFOs in a significant way. A Trump veto of the NDAA may stall the momentum of a movement that has rapidly captured mainstream attention over the last two years.
In August, the Department of Defense (DoD) officially approved the establishment of an Unidentified Aerial Phenomena (UAP) Task Force (UAPTF). The task force will investigate the sightings of UAPs, also known as unidentified flying objects or UFOs.
The task force is the first official government program affiliated with UFO research since a 2000s-era unit that analyzed
unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and other UAPs lost its funding in 2012, even though multiple sources confirmed with Popular Mechanics that the unit remained active in secrecy after its shuttering.
The DoD formed the UAPTF to “improve its understanding of, and gain insight into, the nature and origins of UAPs,” Pentagon spokesperson Sue Gough told Popular Mechanics at the time. “The mission of the task force is to detect, analyze, and catalog UAPs that could potentially pose a threat to U.S. national security.”
In June’s Intelligence Authorization Act (IAA), the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI) authorized appropriations for fiscal year 2021 for the UAPTF and supported its efforts to reveal any links that UAP “have to adversarial foreign governments, and the threat they pose to U.S. military assets and installations.”
In the IAA, the Select Committee on Intelligence said it “remains concerned that there is no unified, comprehensive process within the federal government for collecting and analyzing intelligence on [UAP], despite the potential threat,” and so it directed the task force to report its findings on UAP, “including observed airborne objects that have not been identified,” within 180 days.
The Senate passed the NDAA, which included the IAA containing the language about the task force, in July. Though the House’s version of the NDAA, which also passed in July, did not include the IAA, the Senate re-passed a version of the NDAA just last week under the House bill number (H.R. 6395) that does include the IAA and its attendant instructions for the UAP task force.
So if Trump indeed vetoes the NDAA and the House and Senate can’t produce a new version before the deadline, it’s back to square one—and the public will have to wait even longer for the much-anticipated disclosure of UAP secrets.
And what, exactly, have we been waiting for?
FAIR USE NOTICE: This page contains copyrighted material the use of which has not been specifically authorized by the copyright owner. ExoNews.org distributes this material for the purpose of news reporting, educational research, comment and criticism, constituting Fair Use under 17 U.S.C § 107. Please contact the Editor at ExoNews with any copyright issue.
Eric Davis, Harry Reid, House bill H.R. 6395, Intelligence Authorization Act, National Defense Authorization Act, Popular Mechanics, President Trump, Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, Senator Marco Rubio, Sue Gough, UAP Task Force