12.9.21 Gillibrand Amendment: The Good, Bad and Ugly

by Dark Lord
The Good, Bad and Ugly

Although many people in the UFO community are excited that much of the Gillibrand amendment to  NDAA 2022 survived, we are less optimistic. Let us begin with the UGLY. 

Firstly:  the modified amendment left out the UAP Advisory Committee which was to be made up government and citizen scientists. We needed that because the United States government/military has a lengthy history of lying to its citizens so we actually needed citizens to help represent us in this cause. 

Secondly is this: “would require the Secretary of Defense, in coordination with the DNI, to establish an office within the Office of the Secretary of Defense or within a joint organization of the Department of Defense and the Office of the DNI to replace the Navy-led Unidentified Aerial Phenomena Task Force and to carry out other duties as required by the provision.”

This paragraph clearly states that the Secretary of Defense along with the DNI will establish an office to replace the UAPTF. These are the government entities which have been keeping UFO transparency away from the public for decades. They have a history of shameful behavior and for that reason alone  we consider this the paramount of UGLY. 

 Now the BAD: In the original amendment there was to be a requirement for a public briefing on UFO events. That has gone by the wayside. The wording is now: “The provision would require an annual unclassified report on significant UAP activity, accompanied as appropriate by classified annexes, and bi-annual briefings on significant UAP activity.”

The BAD involved here, is that they have designated only “significant” UAP activity worthy of briefings and what makes it worse is that there is nothing in there about the public being briefed, or who decides what may be considered “significant”. Yes, it does say an “unclassified report” however we must keep in mind that those controlling this information decide which classification events receive. Therefore they can classify UAP events in any manner they choose, no matter how mundane, so that the public will not be allowed access. Again the biannual briefings mentioned in this amendment do not include the word “Public.”

Now the GOOD: Maybe the most important GOOD of this amendment is a Rapid Response team dedicated to traveling and investigating UAP incidents. This has likely already been happening; we were just unaware while it occurred under the veil of secrecy. Another important change for the better, is the requirement that UAP incidents will be in consultation with other departments and agencies of the executive branch along with allies and partners. It should be mentioned that each government/military department has preferred to keep secrets to themselves and have never shared it well with others. The USAF comes to mind when making that statement. In this case, sharing information could be quite beneficial however it includes “Partners” which may very well be private sector businesses, which could be a place to house this information and keep it away from public access by way of FOIA requests. 

Unfortunately not all of the best scientists work for the government, many work in the private sector as civilians, and ignoring the science they bring to the table is equivalent to turning out the lights before you walk down the stairs. Yes we understand people are excited and this may be considered a seismic shift in the government position on UFO information however it is simply not enough. Someone made the counterpoint to us that if those soon to be in control of all UAP information do not comply with Congress they will simply have their funding cut. What they have not considered is maybe that is simply the goal. The funding gets cut, the program goes away and everything falls back into secrecy. Below you can read the section we have been discussing of the amendment we have been discussing.

The Good, Bad and Ugly

The Good, Bad and Ugly

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