We are not alone – and American authorities are covering up the evidence, a former US intelligence officer told a congressional committee on Wednesday.
David Grusch, a former National Reconnaissance Officer for the Pentagon’s task force who led analysis of unexplained anomalous phenomena (UAP) – formerly known as UFOs – until 2023, testified that he “absolutely” believes the government is in possession of UAPs as well as remains of their non-human operators.
“I was informed, in the course of my official duties, of a multi-decade UAP crash retrieval and reverse-engineering program to which I was denied access,” Mr Grusch told the House oversight committee in Washington.
“I made the decision, based on the data I collected, to report this information to my superiors and multiple inspectors general, and in effect become a whistleblower.”
He was one of three witnesses that testified before a House Subcommittee on National Security Border and Foreign Affairs hearing titled “Unidentified Anomalous Phenomena: Implications on National Security, Public Safety and Government Transparency”.
Mr Grusch said he was asked in 2019 by the head of a government task force on UAPs to identify all highly classified programs relating to the task force’s mission. He said his role in the government was to investigate what military, defence and other agencies knew about aliens and alien craft, but he was prevented from accessing secret government UAP programs.
In 2022, Mr Grusch filed a whistleblower complaint and told the hearing he had “suffered retaliation” as a result of doing so, saying his allegations hurt him “professionally and personally”.
He confirmed to the committee that he had knowledge of “people who had been harmed or injured” in the government’s efforts to conceal UAP information.
When pressed for details over the course of the hearing, Mr Grusch repeatedly said he could not comment in a public setting because the information is classified.
He refused to comment whether the US government had “made contact with intelligent extraterrestrials”, or that the Pentagon had obtained bodies of crashed UAP pilots.
But Mr Grusch did tell the congressional hearing that the US possessed a “very, very large” spacecraft of unknown origin and that he had personally witnessed “very disturbing activity” forms of alien technology or beings on humans.
He said the US government is hiding information on UAPs not only from the public but from Congress, and that he personally interviewed people with direct knowledge of non-human craft.
“My testimony is based on information I’ve been given by individuals with a longstanding track record of legitimacy and service to this country – many of whom also shared compelling evidence in the form of photography, official documentation and classified oral testimony,” Mr Grusch said.
US Representative Tim Burchett supported the idea that the government was concealing information, saying at the opening of the hearing – which also featured testimony from two former Navy officers who said they witnessed UAPs – that “we’re going to uncover the cover-up.”
“This is an issue of government transparency. We can’t trust a government that does not trust its people,” he said.
Asked if there may be life beyond Earth, National Security Council spokesman John Kirby said he does not have a position on the issue one way or another.
“What we believe is that there are unexplained aerial phenomena that have been cited and reported by pilots – Navy and Air Force,” he said, adding: “We don’t have the answers about what these phenomena are.”
The Pentagon has denied Mr Grusch’s claims of a cover-up.
As Mr Grusch made the allegations of alien contact under oath, he risks facing five years in prison if he is found guilty of perjury.
The head of the Pentagon office that was set up to identify UAPs that pose a potential threat Sean Kirkpatrick also told politicians earlier this year that it had not identified signs of alien activity.
He said the he All-domain Anomaly Resolution Office “has found no credible evidence thus far of extraterrestrial activity, off-world technology, or objects that defy the known laws of physics”.
The US government has, however begun taking the issue of UAPs more seriously in recent years.
NASA held its first public meeting on UAPs in May, calling for a more rigorous scientific approach to clarify the origin of hundreds of mysterious sightings.
The Pentagon also began paying closer attention to the subject after a slew of inexplicable sightings from US Navy and Air Force pilots.
The central worry was that the sightings could be of unknown aerial surveillance technology used by China to collect intelligence on US defences.