'By Kevin Wright - Roswell Daily Record

Please note the following column appeared in the May 26th edition of the Roswell Daily Record and is republished with permission.

By Kevin Wright

This past week, the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI) voted 17-0 to approve the Intelligence Authorization Act (IAA) for Fiscal Year 2025. The unanimous vote is a decisive step toward greater transparency regarding Unidentified Anomalous Phenomena (UAP), which I explain below.

The need for such legislation highlights a profoundly troubling decades-long issue: government departments and agencies are still concealing UAP crash retrieval and reverse engineering programs from both the public and Congressional oversight. The provisions in the IAA confirm a deep mistrust within the Senate about how these programs have been managed under Special Access Programs (SAPs).

One of the critical elements of the IAA is the enhanced protection it offers whistleblowers. These protections are essential in encouraging individuals with direct knowledge of these clandestine programs to come forward without fear of retaliation. The Act ensures that whistleblower complaints can be submitted directly to Congress, bypassing the whistleblower’s agency if there is a risk of compromising their anonymity or if the complaint could end up in the hands of those being accused. This provision directly responds to past instances where whistleblowers have faced severe reprisals, including revoking security clearances and other forms of intimidation.

Senators Mike Rounds (R-SD), Ron Wyden (D-OR), and Mark Warner (D-VA) have all emphasized the importance of these new protections. Senator Wyden’s assertion that the IAA allows complaints to be directed to Congress without fear of pretextual reprisal, including the revocation of clearances, marks a significant shift in how whistleblower testimonies are treated. This provision will be critical in shedding light on UAP-related programs that have been shrouded in secrecy for decades.

By explicitly aiming to increase transparency and protect whistleblowers, the IAA acknowledges that secretive programs may deal with potentially nonhuman technology of unknown origins.

The IAA also mandates a Government Accountability Office (GAO) review of the Pentagon’s All-domain Anomaly Resolution Office (AARO). This review is a necessary corrective measure following AARO’s inadequate “Report on the Historical Record of U.S. Government Involvement with Unidentified Anomalous Phenomena (UAP) Vol. 1.”

The report’s superficial analysis failed to deliver the comprehensive review Congress intended. A mere 63 pages to cover 80 years of UAP investigations is not just insufficient; it is a disservice to the pursuit of truth. The IAA’s call for a GAO investigation underscores the Senate’s recognition that AARO’s report may have been part of a broader disinformation campaign, potentially violating Executive Order 12333, which prohibits covert actions that influence U.S. political processes or public opinion.

The SSCI’s apparent belief that SAPs are being used to hide UAP crash retrieval and reverse engineering programs is a stark indication that the Senate suspects significant malfeasance. The notion that such critical information has been withheld from Congressional oversight is disconcerting. The implications are vast: if nonhuman technology has been recovered and is being reverse-engineered, the ramifications for national security, technological advancement, and our understanding of our place in the universe are profound.

While the IAA is a significant step towards transparency, it also highlights the entrenched culture of secrecy that has surrounded UAP. The SSCI’s actions indicate a growing awareness and concern about what has been hidden and a commitment to uncovering the truth. However, real transparency will only be achieved when these hidden programs are fully exposed, and the American people and their elected representatives are no longer kept in the dark about what might be one of the most significant discoveries in human history.