Science & Tech

Top Republican says US officials are 'fearful' about UFO investigation

Top Republican says US officials are 'fearful' about UFO investigation

Florida senator and vice chair of the Select Committee on Intelligence Marco Rubio

Bryan Thomas/Getty Images

Fans of The X Files have got a new alien-related US government drama to get stuck into, it seems.

Senior Republican Marco Rubio claims that those who have reported alien aircraft being retrieved by the US government “have held very high clearances and high positions within our government."

The Florida senator and vice chair of the Select Committee on Intelligence did not reveal who had come forward with claims, but said: “Frankly, a lot of them are very fearful.”

Sign up to our free Indy100 weekly newsletter

“Fearful of their jobs, fearful of their clearances, fearful of their career.”

At the start of June, James Comer, chair of the influential House Oversight Committee, said the group was looking into allegations that a top-secret military program already had a fully intact UFO.

Republicans Anna Paulina Luna of Florida, a committee member, and Tim Burchett of Tennessee, who is not a committee member but has made claims about a government cover-up on the subject in the past, are to lead the probe.

The investigation came after David Grusch, a 36-year-old airforce veteran, made public claims about UFOs.

Grusch previously worked at the National Reconnaissance Office, on what is now referred to as Unidentified Aerial Phenomena (UAPs).

Grusch told NewsNation that the government had retrieved a number of “non-human origin technical vehicles,” some of which contained “dead pilots”.

“There are people who have come forward to share information with our committee over the last couple of years,” Rubio said on 26 June. Referring to Grusch, he added: “I would imagine some of them are potentially some of the same people perhaps he’s referring to.”

Following the NewsNation interview, Department of Defense spokesperson Sue Gough said it had “not discovered any verifiable information to substantiate claims that any programs regarding the possession or reverse-engineering of any extraterrestrial materials have existed in the past or exist currently.”

NASA also said that despite one of its priorities being the search for extraterrestrial life, it had not found credible evidence.

Rachel Partlow, communications director for Burchett, told Newsweek on 27 June that the congressman was “aware” of Grusch's claims.

She declined to comment on whether the veteran would be brought in to provide testimony, with hearing dates not yet set in stone.

Have your say in our news democracy. Click the upvote icon at the top of the page to help raise this article through the indy100 rankings.

The Conversation (0)