A United States House committee is scheduled to hold a congressional public hearing on Tuesday, May 17 on unidentified flying objects (UFOs) for the first time in more than 50 years. According to CNNthe House Intelligence Committee’s Subcommittee on Counterterrorism, Counterintelligence and Counterproliferation will hold the public hearing in order to shed light on UFOs – more formally known as Unidentified Aerial Phenomena (UAP ).
Indiana Representative Andre Carson will preside over the hearing. Taking to Twitter, Mr Carson said Congress had not held a public hearing on UFOs in over 50 years. “That will change next week when I lead a hearing at House Intelligence on this topic and the national security risk it poses. Americans need to know more about these unexplained events,” he added.
Congress has not held a public hearing on unidentified aerial phenomena (UFOs) in over 50 years. That will change next week when I lead a hearing at @MaisonIntel on this topic and the national security risk it poses. Americans need to know more about these unexplained events.
— Andre Carson (@RepAndreCarson) May 10, 2022
CNN reported that US Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence and Security Ronald Moultrie and Deputy Director of Naval Intelligence Scott Bray will speak at the congressional hearing. The public hearing will then be followed by a closed, classified hearing on the Pentagon’s program, known as the Airborne Object Identification and Management Synchronization Group.
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According to the report, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff said Tuesday’s hearing would give the public an opportunity to hear directly from subject matter experts and intelligence community leaders on “one of the greatest mysteries of our time”. It would also break the cycle of excessive secrecy and speculation with truth and transparency, Schiff added.
The hearing will be streamed live beginning at 9:00 a.m. EST (6:30 p.m. IST) on May 17. After the broadcast of the public portion, the subcommittee will hold a closed and classified briefing. Here’s how you can watch the live stream:
In particular, according to CBS, the upcoming session comes at a time when there has been a new push to share government information on UFOs. Last year, the US intelligence community released a preliminary assessment of 144 reports of “unidentified aerial phenomena” since 2004 – and could explain just one. In 2021, the Pentagon also released a separate report highlighting how UAPs can threaten flight safety.
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Now, while closed-door briefings on the Pentagon’s progress in enforcing the legislation have begun in recent weeks, Tuesday’s upcoming session will mark the first time Congress has convened a public hearing on the matter since. that the Air Force oversaw an inconclusive UFO investigation. called Project Blue Book which ended in 1969.