House of Representatives passes National Defense Authorization Act with first-ever mention of UAP

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  1. Dean

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    On September 23, 2021, the full House of Representatives passed the National Defense Authorization Act, H.R. 4350, on a vote of 316-113. This bill contains a 571-word section mandating creation of a permanent office, under the Secretary of Defense, to deal with specified duties related to "unidentified aerial phenomena." I believe that this is the first time ever that a full house of Congress has passed a bill explicitly referring to "unidentified aerial phenomena" (or any equivalent term).

    The House-approved provision also requires annual reports to certain congressional committees on a list of UAP-related matters, including "reported incidents of unidentified aerial phenomena over restricted air space," "an update on any efforts underway on the ability to capture or exploit unidentified aerial phenomena," and "an assessment of any health-related effects for individuals that have encountered unidentified aerial phenomena."

    I reported in more detail on the language of Section 1652 on my blog on September 11, 2021, and I would refer you to that write-up for a more complete discussion.

    Section 1652 is the work of Congressman Ruben Gallego (D-Az.), who is the chairman of the Subcommittee on Intelligence and Special Operations of the House Armed Services Committee. There was no separate vote on the UAP-related language, either in the full Armed Services Committee or on the floor of the House of Representatives, nor has it yet drawn much attention from the news media.

    Meanwhile, on September 22, 2021, the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee filed its separate version of a National Defense Authorization Act (S. 2792), which contains no UAP-related language. The full U.S. Senate will take up S. 2792, not the House-passed H.R. 4350. Differences between the two NDAAs will then be resolved in negotiations.

    Also in the mix are Intelligence Authorization Act (IAA) bills produced by the Senate and House Intelligence committees. The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence on August 4, 2021, reported an IAA (S. 2610) that contains UAP-related language very different from that now approved by the House in H.R. 4350. (The House Intelligence committee has not yet produced an IAA this year.) The NDAA and IAA bills may be combined at a later stage of the legislative process (this happens some years, but not every year), and UAP policy will be part of this legislative stew.

    Many steps remain in the legislative process, and the shape of whatever UAP-related language actually makes it into law (if any) remains very uncertain.

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  3. nivek

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    That was a good read, still though, on the back burner of my thoughts on this, I wonder if someone else is pulling the strings to keep limits on government action on ufos...Make it appear there is some progress but in the bigger picture little to nothing is really done...There could be many reasons to support this theory, one could be that at some level there is some rudimentary knowledge of what those ufos are or where some of them come from...There could be a fear of going down that path of disclosure or of a thorough investigation of UFOs, once that box is opened they wouldn't be able to close it again sort of thing...

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  4. Skepticide123

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    It does seem like there is some of that. It appears that as skeptics have trumpeted for years that "such a large secret could not be kept by the US government..." That they were right. There have always been cracks in the wall and traumatized witnesses, and things almost came to a head after the UFO waves of the '40s and '50s:
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    But it didn't happen. Over the years people in the know have died and others have been exposed to the truth and the cracks in the wall have grown larger. We aren't in charge of the contact, any more than a squirrel is in charge of when seeds will be added to a feeder. I think within the next ten years the government will admit UFOs are real and extraterrestrial and have been here for a long time and we can do nothing about it (the primary reason for the coverup):
    "...secrecy was invoked because officials were afraid to admit of a superior technology against which we have "no possibility of defense"
    But if the 'watchers" (I think that is a good name for them, biblical baggage striped away of course), continue on this course of furtive algorithmic surveillance, as the only form of non-destructive contact over time, formal disclosure won't make much of a difference, but it would cause a real problem for religious beliefs and that could be a problem for
    homo perniciosius.. I think those who know about this most serious secret have though all about this.
     
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  5. Dean

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    The government is a big thing, with many parts. It seems likely that there are some people in the current generation of government who think they know quite a bit about thus subject matter, and have reached their own conclusions. It seems highly likely that some people in government also have control of some very interesting “data” they are reluctant to place into public view. But such pockets of information or possible insight are not the same as “the government” concluding that alien visitation is occurring, and then covering it up for decades.

    I think stories about some “control group” that knows all, that can tell presidents they have no “need to know,” etc., are urban legend. The evidence is also weak for any component of the government having possession of any intact alien technology— where is a credible witness, with corroboration, who says he has actually had his hands on such an artifact?

    The senators who are currently pushing the Executive Branch on this subject may be proceeding a bit too incrementally for my taste, but I don’t think they are engaged in play acting and really already know that it’s aliens. The same is true for the recently launched “evaluation” by the Office of the Inspector General of the Department of Defense — they may or may not manage to crack every vault, but I don’t think it is a charade.
     
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  6. Rick Hunter

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    This is progress, but as I have pointed out before it is just taking us back to about the early 1950's in terms of how much is actually being disclosed. The government/DOD is going from the tired UFOsdon'texistandwedon'tstudythem attitude they have held since the Condon Report to just admitting that our military has observed strange phenomena which might impact national security and so some personnel and resources are being used to study it. Someday they might go so far as to admit that they have come into possession of materials and artifacts of unknown origin, which may be from somewhere outside of our planet. Not a real game changer, but at least a reset to Donald Keyhoe's time.

    I also think that, if there ever was an MJ-12 type of group that was in charge of all this then it is very unlikely that they are still in existence, even with replacement members. If MJ-12 is still around then they must at least be on their third or fourth generation of membership. The more people you allow into the club, the greater the chances for leaks. Not to mention that later generations of members would be much more likely to be in favor of disclosure.
     
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  7. Skepticide123

    Skepticide123 Asymmetric Contact From Hyperdimensional Aliens.

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    Yeah, it does seem that although the US military has admitted that UFOs are real objects and most in the small sample exhibited anomalous flight characteristics (not to mention it is not known where the objects originated from or where they went) in recent encounters, the report managed to reset the topic back to the '50s state of affairs. It is clear from past encounters with the objects over the last 70 years has produced data and evidence that is not being released, and is compartmentalized or in the hands of the private sector. I think it is possible that remains of one of the devices might be in the hands of a big aerospace company; as I've said before, I'd guess that such remains look very much like a deflated balloon or parachute --silvery-gray metamaterial fabric, just like the Cocoyoc Object's material in my avatar.
     
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