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COLUMN: UFO claims take unexpected turn stateside

Photojournalist Kevin Lamb asks, 'I’ve always said that we earthlings throw machines into space, so why can't other intelligent beings do the same?'
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Have you been following the current UFO news lately? Well, it’s been quite a week.

Sorry, I should say the current “UAP” (Unidentified Aerial Phenomena) news, as it is now formally named by authorities.

How am I going to write this column without sounding like a tinfoil hat-wearing conspiracy theorist?

Bear with me, as I proclaim that we are not alone. We can’t be alone.

Recognizing this fact, as the realist that I am, is not that big a stretch, really.

I’ve always said that we earthlings throw machines into space, so why can't other intelligent beings do the same?

Simple statistics would indicate we are not alone in our galaxy, as there are countless billions of other planets out there, with a significant portion of them orbiting in the habitable 'Goldilocks Zone' of their own solar systems.

Carl Sagan, the famous American astronomer, once said: “Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence." I wholeheartedly agree with that statement.

So, are we finally inching closer to a point where that extraordinary evidence will be revealed?

If you are not quite up to speed on the latest information, let’s discuss, as this is no ordinary moment in UFO-enthusiast circles.

Several years ago, the United States government created an office that now produces annual reports on UAP sightings.

And in 2022, the U.S. Congress created a system for government whistleblowers to report UAP sightings. This was their first effort to try and compel current and former government officials to reveal what they might know about UAP sightings by promising to protect them from any kind of blowback.

On June 5, an earth-shattering report was released saying that a whistleblower had taken advantage of that new policy and came forward with jaw-dropping claims.

David Grusch, a former military officer who served in the U.S. Department of Defense as part of a UAP task force from 2019 to 2021, in a widely circulated print report, and in a televised interview, said the United States has in its possession “aircraft of non-human origin.”

And not just a single aircraft, he says, but many.

He says there is information detailing alien wreckage and intact vehicles, as well as items that have been collected for decades – even bodies.

Grusch also claims information is being withheld from members of Congress – illegally, and that he has alerted them as well as the inspector general for the U.S. intelligence community.

Who is this David Grusch guy, anyway?

Well, it’s reported that he's a “decorated former combat officer in Afghanistan, is a veteran of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) and the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO). He served as the reconnaissance office’s representative to the Unidentified Aerial Phenomena Task Force from 2019 to 2021. From late 2021 to July 2022, he was the NGA’s co-lead for UAP analysis and its representative to the task force.”

Did you catch that one extra important nugget of information? “Co-lead for UAP analysis.” He was in charge of a section analyzing possible UFO data.

And Grusch is represented by a lawyer who served as the original Intelligence Community Inspector General.

So, it seems clear that this guy is not some wingnut with a screw loose. He was well placed and he's being vouched for by others in similarly high positions within the intelligence community.

The authors who gathered all of this information for the initial report on the Grusch allegations for the science website The Debrief, cite many other details, and it’s impossible to summarize it all here. It’s a fascinating must-read, to say the least.

At the same time all this crazy news is coming out, Canada has attended the first-of-its-kind UFO briefings at the Pentagon along with the other members of the Five-Eyes intelligence alliance that we are a part of, including the United Kingdom, New Zealand and Australia.

The CBC recently reported that the Canadian Department of National Defence confirmed this fact, and that “the details of the meeting remain classified." They also added that, "it can be characterized as the sharing of information on the subject of UAP and no further details can be shared at this time."

So, what do I do with all this tantalizing information, if it is actually true? Not a heck of a lot, really. I’ll just continue to trudge along with my tedious tasks of daily terrestrial life here on our little marble that is Earth.

I’m not an expert, so I’ll leave it to them how this could/will impact us all.

I certainly do hope it is true, and I can’t wait to see what happens.

And what is next? The U.S. House of Representatives has said that it will hold a hearing on the whistleblower’s UFO claims, with an oversight committee to investigate allegations that America possesses “intact or partially intact” alien vehicles.

Grab your popcorn and stay tuned.

Kevin Lamb is a freelance photojournalist whose work often appears on BarrieToday. 


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About the Author: Kevin Lamb

Kevin Lamb picked up a camera in 2000 and by 2005 was freelancing for the Barrie Examiner newspaper until its closure in 2017. He is an award-winning photojournalist, with his work having been seen in many news outlets across Canada and internationally
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