Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer is propelling a new initiative aimed at forming a commission for the declassification of United States governmental records and materials pertaining to unidentified anomalous phenomena (UAP).

    The nascent legislation, denoted as the Unidentified Anomalous Phenomena (UAP) Disclosure Act of 2023, is designed to enable “the swift exposure of unidentified anomalous phenomena documents,” based on a recent online version of the proposal. The bill is scheduled to be proposed as an amendment to the annual National Defense Authorization Act.

    “I am privileged to continue the work of my mentor and close friend Harry Reid, fighting for the transparency that the public has consistently demanded about these unexplained phenomena,” Schumer expressed on Twitter last Friday.

    The Schumer Amendment aims to “enhance transparency surrounding Unidentified Anomalous Phenomena (UAP) and promote broader scientific research,” according to an announcement published on the Senate Democratic Majority website.

    Schumer, quoted in the release, argued that Americans have “a right to be informed about technologies of unknown origins, non-human intelligence, and unexplainable phenomena.”

    “We are not only striving to reveal what the government has previously discovered about these phenomena, but also to build a conduit for future research to be made public,” added Schumer.

    The proposed amendment stipulates that “All Federal Government records connected to unidentified anomalous phenomena should be preserved and centralized for historical and Federal Government purposes.”

    Furthermore, it asserts that all U.S. Federal Government records on UAP should “carry a presumption of immediate disclosure” intending that they “should be ultimately disclosed to enable the public to become fully aware of the Federal Government’s knowledge and involvement in unidentified anomalous phenomena.”

    The amendment rationalizes the need for new UAP disclosure legislation based partly on the inadequacies of the existing Freedom of Information Act, which “has proven insufficient in achieving the timely public disclosure of Government unidentified anomalous phenomena records that are subject to obligatory declassification review.”

    “Legislation is essential to reinstate proper supervision over unidentified anomalous phenomena records by elected officials in both the executive and legislative branches of the Federal Government, which has been otherwise lacking since the enactment of this Act,” the draft language articulates.

    The Act also provides guidelines for the “establishment of the unidentified anomalous phenomena Records Collection at the National Archives and Records Administration,” in addition to the prompt supply of any related UAP documents to the Archivist of the United States and the “public disclosure of such records.”

    “The UAP Records Collection would carry the presumption of immediate disclosure,” read a portion of the statement released on Friday, “which implies that a review board would have to provide a rationale for the documents to remain classified.”

    Subsequent to the formation of the UAP Records Collection, the bill also directs the establishment of a UAP Records Review Board. This independent agency would oversee the determination of any records related to UAP that may be candidates for delay in disclosure.

    A notable facet of the new bill includes the stipulation that the U.S. federal government will have “eminent domain over any and all recovered technologies of unknown origin (TUO) and biological evidence of non-human intelligence (NHI) potentially controlled by private individuals or entities, in the interest of public welfare,” according to Friday’s announcement.

    Backing the amendment alongside Schumer is Senator Mike Rounds of South Dakota, Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Cybersecurity for the Armed Services Committee, with support from Senator Marco Rubio of Florida, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, Senator Todd Young of Indiana, and Senator Martin Heinrich of New Mexico.

    Schumer’s amendment, initially reported by the New York Times on Thursday, has garnered bipartisan support and aims to disclose materials associated with UAP without jeopardizing collection methods and other sensitive data.

    The new legislation stipulates that UAP records deemed appropriate for release should be made publicly available in their entirety no later than 25 years following their release after the enactment of the new Act, with a proviso that continued delay may be decided if the President determines that their release may jeopardize national security.

    The amendment is allegedly being modeled after the President John F. Kennedy Assassination Records Collection Act of 1992, which similarly mandated the release of documents related to Kennedy’s Assassination in 1963 no later than 25 years after its enactment.

    This groundbreaking legislation introduced by Schumer follows language approved by the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence last month, focusing on unveiling the existence of any technologies related to UAP currently in governmental holdings. These UAP provisions, part of the Fiscal Year 2024 Intelligence Authorization Act, were unanimously approved by the Senate Intelligence Committee on June 14.

    All these recent UAP-related legislative actions follow the public disclosure of claims regarding the existence of non-human origin crafts allegedly in the possession of the U.S. government, as reported by The Debrief on June 5, 2023. At the heart of these claims was David Charles Grusch, a former employee of the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) and the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) who served as a representative for the NGA to the Unidentified Aerial Phenomena Task Force (UAPTF) from 2019 until 2021.

    In 2017, the New York Times first disclosed that former Majority Leader Harry Reid had sponsored a government program that investigated UAP and related phenomena.

    “After that project became public, Senators, Congressmen, committees, and staff started to delve into this issue and discovered a complex network of individuals and groups with ideas and narratives to share,” the Friday release on the Senate Democratic Majority’s website explained. It continued, asserting that any relevant records on UAP have probably been retained in “good faith” and with the aim of guaranteeing national security.

    “Nevertheless, keeping that information from both Congress and the public is simply not acceptable,” the release concluded.

    In the latest statement, Senator Rounds asserted that the new bill aims to “ensure credibility regarding any investigation or record-keeping of materials linked to Unidentified Anomalous Phenomena.”

    “Pertinent documents related to this issue should be conserved,” Rounds added. “Establishing a centralized collection point and a reputable review board to manage the records enhances the credibility of any future investigations.”

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