New legislation to declassify and release UFO-related records could herald a new age of transparency regarding extraterrestrial matters. The Unidentified Anomalous Phenomena (UAP) Disclosure Act, approved by the Senate, states that all federal government records concerning Unidentified Anomalous Phenomena (UAP) should be presumed for immediate disclosure. The legislation acknowledges that there is unknown evidence that these documents have not been declassified or reviewed under the Freedom of Information Act. The legislation aims to restore oversight over UAP records and promote scientific and technological research. The bipartisan legislation, modeled after the President John F. Kennedy Assassination Records Collections Act of 1992, will establish a UAP Records Collection and an independent UAP Records Review Board. The review board will have 72 hours to either release the documents or provide reasons for their classification. Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., in collaboration with Sen. Mike Rounds, R-S.D., authored the legislation and plans to include it as an amendment in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The 300-day deadline set by the Senate requires government agencies to provide UAP-related records to the Review Board, which then has 72 hours to decide whether to release or postpone disclosure. The sitting president can also review or overturn the board’s decision, but the documents are to be released after 25 years to the public. A similar version was introduced in the House by Tim Burchett, R-Tenn., who advocated for transparency and pushed for UAP declassification efforts. The House version of the NDAA narrowly passed with a 219-210 vote after four Democrats’ votes aligned with four Republicans who voted against it. The recent focus on UFOs and the push for destigmatization have created a pressure cooker effect. The disclosure gained momentum when Air Force veteran David Grusch revealed a secret government program dedicated to retrieving UFOs, alleging that Congress was not properly informed. Although not publicly verified, experts in the field support Grusch’s claims, including recent statements by Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., who mentioned “firsthand” accounts of crashed UFO technology from intelligence committee members. The UAP Disclosure Act is seen as a step towards increased transparency and cooperation from the executive branch. Additionally, any recovered technologies of unknown origin and biological evidence of non-human intelligence are considered the property of the federal government. The Pentagon’s specialized department, AARO, investigates UAPs under the leadership of Dr. Sean Kirkpatrick, who states that about 2%-5% of the 800 cases are “truly anomalous.” Both NASA and AARO are conducting separate investigations into UFOs and are expected to release separate reports in the summer.

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