In late November 2023 I recall telling the audience at the Czech UFO Conference in Prague about the importance of the Schumer legislation and saying that if it passed into law without redactions, that it would have meant ‘Disclosure’ in all but name.
My ICER colleague, Francisco Correa, also a speaker at the event, told the audience that there were moves to strip down many of the provisions contained within the proposed UAP Disclosure Act 2023 and that he feared it would not pass in its original form.
I, ever the optimist, hoped that it would get through without significant changes however, as of late December, we know now that the original 64 pages of legislation has been paired down to just 19 and almost all of the significant provisions have been removed from the final bill. Francisco, you were right.
Only 2 of the original 24 references to Non-Human intelligence has made it into the final legislation. Similarly only 2 references to ’technologies of unknown origin’ remain and by the time you read this issue the legislation will have been signed into law by President Biden as part of the NDAA 2024 fiscal bill.
Here are some of the main things that have been removed:
Gone is the Independent Review Board which wanted to see the disclosure of significant UAP information and materials.
Gone is the use of ‘eminent domain’ which would have enabled the U.S. Federal Government to take back any materials or biological evidence of unknown or non-human origin.
Gone are improved whistleblower and witness protections.
Gone are subpoena powers and an amnesty provision for defence contractors and others in possession of UAP-related materials.
So what happened?
Well, it turns out that behind the scenes powerful forces were at work by the intelligence and defence contractors who are suspected of being involved in a decades long campaign to deny knowledge of UFO crash retrievals and reverse engineering programs.
Four senators in particular had banded together to strip the bill of its teeth.
The principal people involved were Senator Mike Turner, Chair of the House Intelligence Committee and Senator Mike Rogers, Chair of the House Armed Services Committee.
They managed to persuade Senator Mitch McConnell, the house minority senate leader and the new speaker of the house, Senator Mike Johnson, to remove much of what would have been one of the most significant pieces of legislation in United States legal history.
Significantly both Turner and Rogers have received large donations from defence contractors and it is clear that they have a powerful hold over many politicians.
So what remains of the Schumer Amendment?
Whilst the final bill is a shadow of its original draft we should not dismiss things as a total disaster. The 19 pages of legislation that are contained within the NDAA bill centre on a request by all relevant agencies to release information to the National Archives for eventual release to the public. However, it does not have legally binding provisions to compel those agencies to do so.
Therefore it is highly likely that significant information on UAP, crash retrievals and reverse engineering programs will not be released.
The intel community have covered up these details for decades so it is unlikely they will voluntarily release such information, especially as those details may indicate criminal wrongdoing.
Despite the above it should not be forgotten how far things have changed since the pivotal New York Times article in December of 2017 with references to the secret AATIP UFO program which changed
Whilst the intel community and defence contractors have won this battle I believe what has emerged is something of a perfect storm for them.
The original Schumer legislation sought wide transparency of the UAP issue and the fact that it was ’gutted’ by the intel community and defence contractors offers a clear contradiction of transparency.
If there was nothing to hide about UFO/UAPs why would they try to prevent greater transparency on the issue?
Whilst the mainstream media have been reluctant to actively cover much of the developing story, I believe significant parts of it are keeping a close eye on developments. Many must now be wondering what the intel community and defence contractors are hiding?
Far from dampening the story, the culling of the Schumer legislation leaves them wide open for scrutiny and gives rise to a genuine belief that they are hiding something significant about UAPs.
The David Grusch Problem
I believe the emergence of whistleblower David Grusch is a nightmare for the intel community and defence contractors and despite several attempts to downplay the impact of his testimony at the Congressional Hearing in July 2023, no-one has successfully tarnished his reputation.
He said at that hearing that he could give members of congress much more information but only in a secure facility, a SCIF.
Given the incredible information he gave at the hearing I find it telling as 2023 draws to an end that he has still been prevented from doing so!
That in itself shows how hard the intel community is trying to slow down/stall the impact of David Grusch’s allegations.
As things stand it is hoped that members of Congress will finally get into a SCIF in mid January to read the testimony he gave to the ICIG in 2022.
Yet we are told that Grusch will not be present and such is the classification high stakes involved, that the likes of Congressman Tim Burchett and Congresswoman Anna Paulina Luna may be prevented from speaking of what they learn.
So, the question remains, when will David Grusch be granted access to a SCIF so he can answer questions about his testimony?
I suspect that the intel community are vulnerable at the moment and if further first-hand whistle-blowers emerge soon they may well be severely compromised.
A recent New York Times article basically acknowledged that there was a debate to be had about the UAP issue but asked for evidence i.e. put up or shut up. Despite the immense secrecy around the subject and the classification issues, in essence I think they are right.
The failure of the Schumer legislation to pass unredacted indicates that the intel community and the Pentagon are still in control of the legislative process. That means for the Disclosure movement to make any significant breakthrough moving forward, it will have to come from a different source.
The emergence of David Grusch is a clear example of something out of left field, despite the fact that the ICIG had recorded over 11 hours of testimony from him.
One thing that isn’t really appreciated is the length of his testimony to the ICIG. Eleven hours plus, is an extraordinary length of time to give evidence if there is NO SUBSTANCE to what he is saying. The fact that it was for so long indicates the gravity and specific nature of what his testimony must have been. Indeed it was deemed ‘credible and urgent’ by the ICIG. Therefore, some parts of the intel community knew that Grusch’s testimony was in the system and at some point was likely to emerge.
Similarly, I doubt Chuck Schumer would have proposed his legislation without the approval of the President in some form. The sobering language used in it which made repeated references to Non-Human Intelligence (NHI) and the whole 64 pages had been carefully worded and crafted.
In theory this means that a breakthrough could still come via the President himself, however, I think that highly unlikely unless there was some kind of existential threat aspect regarding NHI.
Recently at a SOL Foundation event at Stanford University in the US, Karl Nell talked of ‘Catastrophic Disclosure’ which basically means via an ‘unexpected’ event.
I have been saying this for a long while. The world is changing, especially technology wise i.e. smart phones mean that it is likely only a matter of time before a major UFO/UAP incident is captured on multiple independent 4/8K cameras.
Think of the Phoenix Lights incident from 1997. If that same scenario were to happen today and with the ‘live streaming’ capability on social media platforms and 8K video quality smart phones, the authorities would NOT be able to control the narrative as was the case with the earlier incident.
Ufologically speaking, every few years, somewhere around the world, a significant mass witness sighting occurs. For example, think of the Ariel School mass sighting case in Zimbabwe in 1994. Think if that incident if it were to happen now!
What is driving Disclosure in recent years?
I have felt for some time now, that behind the scenes, something is driving the ever increasing pace of the Disclosure process.
I don’t think that is a coincidence, I think something of major importance has happened and the public are oblivious of it.
So, as I said earlier, despite the intel community succeeding in watering down the Schumer legislation, I think it’s possible that their victory will be short-lived as other ‘unexpected’ events occur.
Whether it be from first-hand legacy whistle-blowers, significant new UAP footage emerging, a foreign nation Disclosing the existence of NHI before the United States, or a Phoenix Lights UAP type event taking place—all these things risk causing panic and in effect ‘Catastrophic Disclosure’ for the people of the Earth.
In addition, more high-level people are going public with positive comments about NHI reality. Rear Admiral Tim Gallaudet being one significant example. His powerful endorsement of NHI in recent months is a breath of fresh air and he can only be a major asset for the Disclosure process moving forward.
Ultimately, I believe too much has happened over the last 6 years to put the genie back into the bottle. Pace is gathering on many fronts, especially by the scientific community who are now openly getting involved in serious data- driven research which gives me belief that true Disclosure maybe tantalizingly closer than we realise.
I have said for many years that when the pressure of water on the centre of a weakened dam becomes too much, that it will collapse very quickly and when it does we will find ourselves in a true Disclosure World.
A world where 24/7, on every TV news channel, in every country, everyone is talking, hour upon hour, about Non-Human Intelligence, whether it be extraterrestrial or otherwise in origin.
That is when you will know true Disclosure has occurred and with it the world as we have known will never be the same.
And with that event it will represent the most significant moment in human history.
The battle lines are drawn. Roll on 2024.
Gary Heseltine (UK) 30/12/2023