A Congressman said the world was being lied to about UFOs when he called for full disclosure of what the US really knows about the phenomena.
Rep. Tim Burchett — a longtime proponent of disclosure — said the sensational claims made by a new Pentagon whistleblower were just the tip of the iceberg.
And he asked someone at the Department of Defense to provide hard evidence — like a photo or video — to really expose the “cover-up.”
“Congress has been lied to and the public has been lied to,” Burchett told The Sun Online.
“But we need that one person to come out with a tape or something.”
He added: “I would tell any whistleblower to come forward, your country needs you.”
The Tennessee Republican spoke after the emergence of former Intelligence officer David Charles Grusch.
Grusch made the extraordinary claim that the US had wreckage from “non-human ships” and even “dead pilots.”
His remarkable claims have not yet been backed up by hard evidence, but they sent a UFO shockwave through Washington DC.
UFOs are now more commonly referred to in official circles as UAP – Unidentified Anomalous Phenomena (UAP).
Burchett told The Sun Online that he is already in contact with Grusch and personally believes him to be “credible”.
“I salute him for his courage,” said the congressman.
“But he has to show us the direction of a craft, even if I think it’s subject to intense scrutiny.
“He will be attacked from all sides and people will try to discredit him.”
“I’m worried it will discourage others from coming forward – but we just need more and more people to come forward – one at a time.”
Rep. Burchett will lead a congressional inquiry as the House Oversight Committee has confirmed its scheduling of a new hearing into Grusch’s allegations.
And he said as the UFO discussions in Washington continue to develop, more and more insiders are turning to him with their experiences and information.
This cover-up is as big as it gets
MP Tim Burchett
But the congressman continued to urge caution, as false information could easily “discredit the entire movement.”
“This cover-up is as big as it gets,” he told The Sun Online.
He revealed he’s been in discussions with people within the Trump administration about further disclosures and said more information is “close to release.”
Rep. Burchett said there are other congressmen — like Matt Gaetz and Anna Paulina Luna — who are calling for disclosure of UFOs.
Rep. Luna will work with him as part of the investigation before the Oversight Committee.
And he said there were other congressmen who had “confided” with him but were too afraid of the stigma to go public at this point.
“I just don’t care — I just want it to come out,” Rep Burchett said.
“We need to shut this thing up, just delete it and let people decide.”
“The information is all there — just give us the undredacted files and give us access to the people who know, like Grush.”
Rep. Burchett told another hearing last year that he had been told the US had UFO debris.
And his claim has now been backed up by Grusch’s testimony.
Grusch – who was directly linked to the Pentagon’s UFO office – made it clear that the US had been collecting the material for “decades” and attempting to reverse engineer it.
The 14-year veteran’s claims came from interviews with “senior intelligence officials” – and he filed a complaint alleging the information had been illegally withheld from Congress.
However, the Pentagon insisted that the All-domain Anomaly Resolution Office (AARO) – the UFO team – had no “verifiable information” to “backup” Grush’s claims.
Grusch, 36, worked for the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) and the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO).
He served as the NGA’s representative in the Pentagon’s UFO Bureau – and later served as co-head of the UFO Analysis Agency.
Behind Grusch were former colleagues who described his reputation as “above any doubt” and other intelligence officials who corroborated his claims.
His extraordinary statements were also cleared for release by the Pentagon as part of its security clearance process.
And he’s making his claims after new protections for UFO whistleblowers were enshrined in the law.
UFOs have become a major national security issue and a hot political topic in Washington – last week even NASA held a briefing on the once marginal issue.
Defense chiefs have admitted there are things in the sky they cannot fully explain, as ex-servicemen have shared their own experiences.
And now Grusch’s claims raise further questions about transparency in the US.
However, skeptics have pointed to a lack of accessible evidence that could support Grusch’s claims – which according to a number of other whistleblowers are the latest but most explosive.
And the Pentagon’s official UFO office continues to insist that it has found no evidence of anything extraterrestrial.
dr Sean Kirkpatrick, the director of AARO, told the Senate Armed Services Committee that his agency has not “found any credible evidence of extraterrestrial activity, extraterrestrial technology, or objects that contradict the known laws of physics.”
And during a briefing with NASA last week, he said the majority of his team’s 800 UFO reports are “commonplace” and come from “easily explainable sources.”
Grusch’s story was first reported by journalists Ralph Blumenthal and Leslie Kean.
It’s the same reporters who broke the famous “Black Money” story for the New York Times in 2017 that revealed the existence of the US’s secret UFO probe and the infamous “Tic Tac” video.
It was the story that revealed US Navy encounters with mysterious objects – and sparked a new wave of discussions about UFOs in Washington, culminating in the establishment of the new UFO probe called AARO and a series of hearings by Congress.