Pentagon whistleblower claims government hiding alien technology

A former intelligence worker claims the government is secretly holding vehicles of ‘non-human origin’

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One of Nasa’s key priorities is to ‘search for life elsewhere in the universe’
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The truth may be out there but according to a former US intelligence officer, the government in Washington already holds evidence of extraterrestrial life.

The whistleblower, David Grusch, was part of the navy’s Unidentified Aerial Phenomena (UAP) Task Force, charged with investigating reports of unidentified flying objects. He has told The Debrief that the US government currently possesses “intact and partially intact craft of non-human origin” and that it had “illegally withheld” the information from Congress.

Grusch, a 36-year-old former combat officer, has since handed over the classified information to Congress and left his government job in April. When he passed on the documents he “suffered retaliation from government officials”, although he “does not specify” in his interview how exactly that occurred, said The Guardian.

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Though he never claimed to have “personally seen alien vehicles”, he said “we are not talking about prosaic origins or identities”. There was evidence, Grusch said, that the government had retrieved vehicles that were “of exotic origin”. He claimed to have gathered the information through “extensive interviews with high-level intelligence officials”.

‘We are not alone’

While previous claims of government cover-ups may have been easily discredited, Grusch has “bona fides that are worth taking seriously”, said The Intelligencer.

Not only did he work in the UAP task force, but his “colleagues think highly of him” too, the website added. Another former task force member and retired US colonel, Karl E. Nell, told The Debrief that Grusch was “beyond reproach”. Nell said that Grusch was correct in his claims that a “terrestrial arms race” has occurred over the “past eighty years” which was focused on “reverse engineering technologies of unknown origin”.

Jonathan Grey, an intelligence official at the National Air and Space Intelligence Center (Nasic), also backed up Grusch’s account claiming that “non-human intelligence phenomenon is real. We are not alone.” He added that the acquisition of alien craft was “not limited to the United States” and was a “global phenomenon”.

So far government departments have contradicted Grusch’s claims. The US Department of Defense said it had “not discovered any verifiable information to substantiate claims that any programs regarding the possession or reverse-engineering of extraterrestrial materials” have ever existed. Nasa, meanwhile, said that one of its “key priorities is the search for life elsewhere in the universe”, but it had no “credible evidence of extraterrestrial life and there is no evidence that UAPs are extraterrestrial”.

Grusch’s claims remain “unbelievably far-fetched”, said Futurism, but his background and those who “have vouched for his credibility” make it “tantalizing to imagine” that the US government is concealing verified alien vehicles.

Grusch told The Debrief that the government is sure that the alleged recovered debris is not terrestrial because of “the vehicle morphologies and material science testing and the possession of unique atomic arrangements and radiological signatures”.

“But does he have any proof?” asked The Atlantic’s Marina Koren. “So far, the best evidence he’s come up with, besides his own word, is the government’s denial.”

‘Resurging interest in UAPs’

The Debrief article revealing Grusch’s claims was written by journalists Leslie Kean and Ralph Blumenthal, the same reporters who broke a 2017 New York Times story revealing that the Pentagon was investigating military encounters with UAPs through its Advanced Aerial Threat Intelligence (AATIP) program.

That report “kicked off the current resurging interest in UAPs in the government and among the public”, said Vice, and increased the claims “the government has spun up various programs to study” alien materials.

A 2021 report by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence revealed that from 2004 to 2021 “there were 144 encounters between military pilots and UAP, 80 of which were captured on multiple sensors”, said The Guardian. Of those reports, only one could be explained with “high confidence”.

The All-domain Anomaly Resolution Office (AARO) was then established by the Pentagon in 2022 to investigate the increasing reports of UAPs and had received “hundreds” of new claims but no conclusive evidence.

The same year a Nasa panel charged with investigating unexplained sightings was created, aiming to use “the tools of science to evaluate and categorize the nature of unidentified flying objects”, said NBC News. But it found a “stigma that surrounds the practices of reporting and investigating unidentified aerial phenomena” was, according to the panel’s chair, “hindering the scientific progress” in the UAP field.

The panel found that “many sightings have gone unreported, particularly from commercial pilots” and that it was aiming to “reduce negative associations linked to the study of UFOs”.

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Richard Windsor is a freelance writer for The Week Digital. He began his journalism career writing about politics and sport while studying at the University of Southampton. He then worked across various football publications before specialising in cycling for almost nine years, covering major races including the Tour de France and interviewing some of the sport’s top riders. He led Cycling Weekly’s digital platforms as editor for seven of those years, helping to transform the publication into the UK’s largest cycling website. He now works as a freelance writer, editor and consultant.