The charges, made by former high-ranking US intelligence official David Grusch, accuse both the US military and its defense contractors of stonewalling on evidence of crashed UFOs, recovered ‘beings,’ and even UFO-related deaths.
While Americans wait in anticipation for possible new details, a source with direct knowledge of standard operations inside the US Intelligence Community’s Inspector General’s office (IC IG) told DailyMail.com that the meeting will be ‘only for show.’
‘The IG, when he goes and briefs Oversight, his job, between you and I, is going to be to make them feel as though they’re getting information,’ this source said, ‘and basically tell them nothing.’
Although some House Oversight members intimated last November that they have now acquired ‘permission’ to view the classified version of Grusch’s formal IC IG complaint, this source said: ‘I do not expect that to occur.’
This week’s secret briefing on Unidentified Anomalous Phenomena (UAP) will be conducted by the Office of the Intelligence Community Inspector General (IC IG), headed by Thomas Monheim (above). An intel insider told DailyMail.com the hearing will amount to ‘nothing’
While the Oversight hearing will be held at the ‘Top Secret/Sensitive Compartmented Information’ (TS/SCI) level, inside a ‘Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility’ (SCIF), DailyMail.com understands that a direct look at Grusch’s classified IC IG complaint is unlikely, despite comments made at a November 2023 (above) held by members of House Oversight
Grusch’s allegations were first made in detail via this classified formal complaint, a ‘Disclosure of Urgent Concern(s); Complaint of Reprisal’ filed to the IC IG’s office in May of 2022, according to The Debrief.
But this past June, Grusch made public the unclassified, broad strokes of his charges in an explosive series of interviews, first with The Debrief, then cable news channel News Nation and soon after in sworn testimony to the House Oversight committee.
‘I was informed, in the course of my official duties, of a multi-decade UAP crash retrieval and reverse-engineering program,’ Grusch told House members last July.
‘I made the decision, based on the data I collected, to report this information to my superiors and multiple inspectors general,’ Grusch continued, under oath, ‘in effect becoming a whistleblower.’
If he knowingly provided false material to the IC IG in his formal complaint, Grusch could face a fine of up to $10,000 for such a criminal offense, under Title 18 § 1001 of the US criminal code, or worse, up to five years in prison (or both).
‘Given the significant penalties for making false statements to an inspector general,’ as ex-Defense Department official Marik von Rennenkampff, wrote in The Hill, ‘it is extremely unlikely that multiple high-level, highly-cleared officials would falsely claim to have first-hand knowledge of myths and rumors.’
Explosive charges, made by former high-ranking US intelligence official David Grusch (center) in the press and to Congress, have accused both the US military and its defense contractors of stonewalling on evidence of crashed UFOs, recovered ‘beings,’ and even UFO-related deaths
But the classified details of that whistleblower complaint, while disclosed to cleared lawmakers on the House and Senate’s intelligence committees, have yet to be made available to lawmakers with the House Oversight committee.
DailyMail.com’s US intelligence community insider said this is to be expected.
‘The statute doesn’t give their committee cognizance over David [Grusch]’s complaint,’ this source said. ‘Oversight, they have nothing to do with Intel.’
‘The statute gives HPSCI [the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence] and SSCI [the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence] cognizance,’ this source explained in a telephone interview.
Attorney Daniel Sheehan says whistleblowers with knowledge of a classified UFO ‘reverse-engineering’ program have opted to testify to the Senate intelligence committee, in part over their reported mistrust of the Pentagon’s dedicated UFO office and its first director Dr. Sean Kirkpatrick. Above, a page from the US Air Force’s Project 1794, declassified in 2012
‘So that’s kind of an internal ‘food fight’ for Capitol Hill,’ according to this intelligence community insider. ‘That’s not really our problem, you know? That’s theirs — and they’re very territorial.’
Nevertheless, Florida Congresswoman Anna Paulina Luna told assembled reporters late last November that plans were in place for she and other House Oversight members to finally review the classified details of Grusch’s IC IG complaint.
‘Referencing Grusch, I know that there was many questions in regards to what was happening with his current IG report,’ Representative Luna said, ‘and whether or not we were able to receive access to that information.’
‘We were previously denied this,’ Rep. Luna continued, stating, ‘we have now received permission from him directly to go back into the SCIF to review that information.’
But while next week’s Oversight hearing will be held at the ‘Top Secret/Sensitive Compartmented Information’ (TS/SCI) level, inside a ‘Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility’ (SCIF), DailyMail.com understands that a direct look at Grusch’s classified IC IG complaint is unlikely.
‘I don’t think there’s going to be a whole lot to come out of this,’ the anonymous IC IG insider told DailyMail.com.
‘What I expect to occur — and I could be completely wrong — is you’re going to see those people [House Oversight] walk out into the hallway and give a press conference saying that they’re mad that they can’t get access to it.’
Over the past year, a bipartisan group of Oversight Committee members, led by Tennessee Republican Congressman Tim Burchett has sought more details on UFOs: activities that included last July’s open hearing and a closed-door meeting this fall with representatives of the Department of Defense’s own Office of the Inspector General.
Reps. Luna and Burchett have joined other lawmakers in what’s been called the ‘Congressional UAP Caucus,’ in reference to the more contemporary term-of-art for UFOs: Unidentified Anomalous Phenomena (UAP).
Few from House Oversight or the UAP caucus, however, which includes reps Jared Moskowitz (D-Fla.), Nancy Mace (R-S.C.), Eric Burlison (R-Mo.), Jaimie Raskin (D-Md.) and others, have gone into detail on the expected material to be covered in next week’s top secret UFO hearing.
In fact, House Oversight has issued mixed messages on which day the event will be held, with the office of the Democratic Party’s ranking committee member, Rep. Raskin, stating that the hearing will be held on Tuesday, January 9, 2024 — and ‘two sources familiar’ stated to Axios that it will be held Friday, January 12.
For his part, Rep. Burchett via a spokesperson made no mention of plans to review Grusch’s classified IC IG complaint saying only that ‘the event that is happening on January 12, 2024, will be a classified members-only briefing with the Inspector General of the Intelligence Community (ICIG), Thomas Monheim.’
‘It is open to members of the House Oversight Committee, but if other House members or senators are interested they may notify the Committee and would be welcome to attend.’
‘David Grusch will not be in attendance,’ Rep. Burchett’s spokesperson told UFO researcher Douglas Dean Johnson. ‘We do not have a SCIF scheduled for a briefing with David Grusch currently, but the UAP Caucus is continuing to push for one.’
House Oversight issued mixed messages on which day the event will be held, with the office of the Democrat’s ranking committee member, Rep. Raskin, stating the hearing will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 9 — and ‘two sources familiar’ stated to Axios that it will be held Friday, Jan. 12
A source with direct knowledge of standard operations inside the IC IG’s office told DailyMail.com that Tuesday’s meeting will only help lawmakers ‘feel as though they’re getting information.’ Above, another page from the US Air Force’s Project 1794, declassified in 2012
Whether it proves to be momentous, or not, this week’s classified hearing follows months of pitched backroom battles on the Hill over a bipartisan bill that would have formalized a ‘controlled disclosure plan‘ to release the US government’s allegedly long-held UFO secrets.
Top lawmakers, including Senate majority leader Chuck Schumer, Senate intelligence committee ranking member Marco Rubio, and Senate armed services committee member Mike Rounds, led the charge on the amendment — which ultimately passed Congress, albeit in a radically truncated form.
Ohio representative and UFO skeptic Mike Turner told News Nation the original 64-page bill was ‘poorly drafted’ complaining that ‘no one has even raised it’ with him.
But, in an interview on the Joe Rogan Experience podcast, Grusch called out Turner, accusing him of ‘blocking’ the bill on behalf of his defense contractor donors.
The legislation was originally to be modeled on the President John F. Kennedy Assassination Records Collection Act of 1992, passed in response to public debate following Oliver Stone’s 1991 film about the daylight killing of a sitting US president.
The classified records review board impaneled by the JFK records act had successfully declassified and released 5 million documents, according to its former deputy director Thomas Samoluk in 2013.
But the work of that Assassination Records Review Board (ARRB) was itself stonewalled and remains incomplete, suggesting that even a robustly proposed UFO panel modeled on that board would have faced similar limitations.
Late in the debate on the Schumer-Rounds UAP Amendment, Reps. Luna, Burchett and others from the ‘UAP Caucus’ criticized the bill, with Rep. Burchett ultimately proposing an alternative amendment that was curiously only one-page long.
Tennessee Republican Congressman Tim Burchett, who serves on the House Oversight committee, led this past summer’s open UFO hearing on July 26th – which he said had been undermined by Pentagon and US Intelligence Community efforts to ‘continuously block things’
According to the DailyMail.com’s well-placed US intelligence community source, who is intimately familiar with the policies and mandates of the IC IG’s office, House Oversight’s upcoming secret hearing will likely be marred by similar curiosities.
‘I don’t know what they’re doing,’ the source told DailyMail.com.
Attorney Thomas Monheim, the Inspector General of the Intelligence Community, this source believes, will likely feel compelled to walk a tightrope between keeping multiple competing congressional committees satisfied.
‘He’s in charge of what he’s going to tell them,’ the source said.
‘I would be very shocked if they hear the same things the Intel committees heard,’ the source elaborated, ‘not because he doesn’t want to tell them — because they’re Congress — but because HPSCI and SSCI have probably said to him, ‘Hey! We are your committees of jurisdiction, not Oversight.”
The US intel community insider suggested that the House UAP caucus, and others interested in transparency on UFOs and ‘non-human intelligences,’ would be better served by redirecting their attention toward lawmakers on those intel committees.
‘David [Grusch] briefed HPSCI and SSCI because that’s what the statute allowed him to do,’ the source told DailyMail.com
‘David spent hours and hours and hours and hours with SSCI,’ the source said. ‘And then hours and hours and hours and hours with HPSCI.’
‘All the staffers that he briefed were all cleared TS/SCI. They all had to have compartmented read-ins. It was a big deal.’
‘It’s not [House] Oversight that’s going to do anything, you know? It’s ‘What is SSCI doing?’ and ‘What is HPSCI doing?” the intel insider opined.
‘Who’s going to hold their feet to the fire?’
This story has been amended to include additional information on the proposed date of the classified House Oversight UAP hearing next week.