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US Senate foes join forces to demand release of all UFO files

What many believe to be a genuine UFO was captured by the gun camera of a US warplane.

What many believe to be a genuine UFO was captured by the gun camera of a US warplane. Photo: Getty

The US Senate is expected to consider a bipartisan measure that would compel the US government to publicly release all records relating to possible UFO sightings after decades of stonewalling.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, a Democrat, has teamed up with Senator Mike Rounds, a Republican, in leading an effort to force the disclosure of information relating to what the government officially calls “unidentified anomalous phenomena,” or UAPs.

The two lawmakers’ 64-page proposal is modelled after a 1992 US law spelling out the handling and release of records related to the 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

They plan to offer the measure as an amendment to sweeping legislation moving through Congress that would authorise US defence funding for the fiscal year beginning on October 1.

Schumer’s backing likely will carry sway with many of his fellow Democrats. Rounds is a member of the Senate’s Intelligence and Armed Services committees.

“For decades, many Americans have been fascinated by objects mysterious and unexplained, and it’s long past time they get some answers,” Schumer said in a statement.

‘Technologies of unknown origins’

He added that the public “has a right to learn about technologies of unknown origins, non-human intelligence and unexplainable phenomena.”

The amendment would require the US National Archives and Records Administration to collect UAP records from all relevant government offices under “a presumption of immediate disclosure,” and a review board would have to provide a rationale for keeping documents classified.

“Our goal is to assure credibility with regard to any investigation or record keeping of materials” associated with UAPs, Rounds said.

Under the measure, records must be publicly disclosed in full no later than 25 years after they were created unless the US president certifies that continued postponement is necessary because of a direct harm to national security.

It also establishes that the federal government would have “eminent domain” over any recovered technologies of unknown origin and any biological evidence of “non-human intelligence” that may be controlled by private individuals or entities.

Long-standing request

Schumer is taking up a cause first advanced by the late Democratic Senator Harry Reid, who served as Senate majority leader from 2007 until 2015.

The US government in the past was openly dismissive of UFO sightings that for decades have sparked the popular imagination, but in recent years has been much more open about the subject.

It issued a watershed unclassified report in 2021 cataloguing observations – mostly from US Navy personnel – dating back to 2004.

The Pentagon has investigated numerous unexplained sightings reported by military aviators and NASA formed a special panel to look into UAPs.

The NASA panel in May said its study is hindered by a lack of high-quality data, as well as the stigma surrounding the whole issue of unidentified flying objects, which often turn out to be balloons or  atmospheric causes.

-AAP

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