The US government has been covering up incidents involving UFOs — which can “fly underwater” and “defy physics” — for more than 125 years, a congressman has claimed.
Republican Tim Burchett of Tennessee’s 2nd congressional district sits on the House Oversight Committee overseeing UFO hearings.
He said this week that he has been shown classified footage that has not been shared with the public — and attributed cover-ups to power and corruption.
The congressman also suggested that the US Government has long been handing alien artefacts to private companies that are more easily able to keep them secret.
He ended with a call to share presently classified and redacted material with the public, asserting that “we can handle it” and the authorities should “get it all out there”.
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Speaking on the Event Horizon podcast, Mr Burchett said that the US government has been covering up extraterrestrial sightings “since 1947, probably since about 1897 in what was the Aurora, Texas UFO crash.”
This incident — as detailed by local resident and cotton buyer S. E. Haydon in The Dallas Morning News — allegedly involved a craft made of “an unknown metal” that crashed into a windmill on a farm near the city of Aurora.
It was claimed that the remains of a “badly disfigured” pilot said to be “not an inhabitant of this world” were recovered from the wreckage and buried in the local cemetery.
However, in a 1980 interview with Time magazine, then-86-year-old Aurora resident Etta Pegues explained that Haydon had made up the entire story.
She said that the cotton buyer “wrote it as a joke and to bring interest to Aurora. The railroad bypassed us, and the town was dying.”
Mr Burchett also said that alien spacecraft “can travel light-years or at the speeds that we’ve seen defy physics as we know it. They can fly underwater and don’t show a heat trail.”
He also imagined that — if aliens have technology unlike anything developed on Earth — that they could “turn us into a charcoal briquette”.
Mr Burchett added: “We are out of our league. We couldn’t fight them off if we wanted to. That’s why I don’t think they’re a threat to us, or they would already have been.”
However, the congressman also appeared to contradict this statement, telling the podcast hosts that UFOs “100 percent, no question” had national and global security implications.
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Mr Burchett’s claims come just a few weeks after US Air Force officer and former intelligence official David Grusch asserted that the US Government, its allies and defense contractors have run a top-secret UFO recovery program for decades.
The claims were published via a website called The Debrief, a “self-funded” outlet that says it specialises in “frontier science” and that has an entire section devoted to “UAP”, or “unidentified aerial phenomena”.
Mr Grusch asserted that the material collected by the authorities includes “intact and partially intact vehicles” and is part of an “eighty-year arms race”.
He claimed that this secret undertaking is dangerous, as it “further inhibits the world populace to be prepared for an unexpected, non-human intelligence contact scenario.”
Mr Burchett is also in favour of more openness around the subject of UFOs.
The congressman concluded: “Let’s just turn loose the reports, quit with the redacted reports that look like Swiss cheese with everything whited out or blacked out.
“Just give us all the information and let the American public decide. We can handle it.
“Stop with the arrogance. Stop with the corruption. Let’s get it all out there.”
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