Extraterrestrials Investigated by Congress

Alan Cai

July 21, 2023

Unidentified Anomalous Phenomena, or UAPs, have triggered sensational headlines among the outer fringes of media since the latter’s inception. When the framers of our constitution outlined the roles and responsibilities of Congress, little did they know that over two centuries later, the House of Representatives would be opening an investigation into extra-terrestrial life; yet, here we are.

The House Oversight Committee announced Thursday that it would begin investigations into Unidentified Anomalous Phenomena next week, previously known as Unidentified Aerial Phenomena and popularly recognized as the more specific Unidentified Flying Object. The investigation comes after a multiplicity of reported sightings, both by military pilots and by private citizens of these unexplained observations. Witnesses the committee intends to interview include Navy veterans David Braver and Ryan Graves as well as former intelligence official David Grusch. Among many goals, the committee aims to unearth previously covered evidence of possibly extraterrestrial activity and possible obstruction on the part of government officials.

Although the endeavor is rather intriguing, the House of Representatives is fulfilling its duty of keeping the executive branch in check by conducting such investigations. Nevertheless, the possibility of the government legitimately retaining evidence of extraterrestrial life is slim. Unlike other compromising national secrets, a discovery of extraterrestrial beings does not have the potential to damage American intelligence and the release of such information, given that pandemonium does not ensue, is beneficial for the public to comprehend. If intelligent life outside of Earth has penetrated our atmosphere, it is the right of all global citizens to become aware of such a revelation and contemplate its implications.

In no way is the purpose of this article to discredit the brave individuals who have come forth to testify to Congress with regard to their alleged evidence of extraterrestrial life. However, it is immensely difficult to believe the bona fide existence of aliens based on the testimony of merely three former government and military personnel, none of whom have legitimately seen aliens. The inability to identify airborne anomalies or hearing of government retention of extraterrestrials does not necessarily entail their existence. Moreover, were such egregious claims to be accurate, prudence would dictate that more than three people would be able to authenticate the veracity of such statements.

Retaliation by superiors is not foolproof confirmation that the government has something to hide. Were an employee in any field, whether military or civilian, to continuously push claims of alien encounters, it should not come as a surprise that employers would soon be roused to ire and annoyance.

As citizens of the world, we must be motivated by reason and evidence. Due to the hitherto lack of sufficient evidence, it is essential for us to not immediately draw rash conclusions.