US House panel to hold first open UFO hearing in 50 years

US House panel to hold first open UFO hearing in 50 years

A House subcommittee will hold a first open congressional hearing on UFOs in more than 50 years Tuesday, with two top Pentagon officials summoned to answer questions.

The House Intelligence Committee's Subcommittee on Counterterrorism, Counterintelligence and Counterproliferation known as C 3 will kick off a two-hour public hearing on Unidentified Aerial Phenomena, the official term for UFOs, shortly after 9 a.m.

The panel was chaired by Rep. Andr Carson D-Ind. Scott Bray, the deputy director of naval intelligence, will be joined by Ronald Moultrie, the US defense undersecretary for intelligence and security. The subcommittee and witnesses will retreat behind closed doors for a closed, classified briefing off-camera after the open portion of the hearing. A report released a year ago about 140 cases of UAPs reported by US military pilots since 2004 has resulted in a hearing. The report described the unidentified objects as a threat to flight safety and possibly national security, but added that there was no single explanation for their appearance. Tuesday s hearing was expected to examine the findings of that report, a nine-sided preliminary assessment by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and a Navy-led task force created in 2020. It will be the first time Congress has taken up the issue in more than a half century. In the late 60 s, the then-House Minority Leader and future President Gerald Ford spearheaded a series of hearings on UFO sightings that the Air Force dismissed as swamp gas.