Former military officials urge government to be transparent about 'routine' UFO sightings

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Lawmakers pushed the federal government to reveal more information on unidentified aerial phenomena, often called “UAPs” or “UFOs,” as three former military officials testified during a congressional hearing on Wednesday.

The House Oversight subcommittee on National Security, the Border, and Foreign Affairs heard testimony from three witnesses: David Grusch, a former U.S. intelligence official; David Fravor, a former Navy commander; and Ryan Graves, a former Navy pilot. Graves and Fravor both claim to have spotted UAPs. Grusch said he has not personally seen UAPs, but claimed he was informed of a “multi-decade” government UAP retrieval program.

Lawmakers and witnesses at the roughly two-hour-long hearing decried the stigma surrounding UFO reporting, and repeatedly underscored the importance of what they called a bipartisan issue, which has gained traction in recent years. Some lawmakers and witnesses also accused the federal government of unduly withholding key UFO-related information from the public.

Graves told the panel that UAP sightings among commercial and military pilots are both “routine” and “grossly underreported.” He added that if the public viewed the video and sensor data he witnesses, “our national conversation would change.”