Count this as one story I never thought I would see being covered by NBC News, but here we are. With the signing of the National Defense Authorization Act last month, Congress ordered the creation of a new office under the umbrella of the Defense Intelligence Agency that would be tasked with investigating and analyzing reported sightings of UFOs. (Or UAP, Unidentified Aerial Phenomena, as we’re supposed to call them these days.) This order came largely at the direction of an amendment entered by New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, with bipartisan cosponsorship from others including Marco Rubio.
Unfortunately for the many people who have been following this topic for many years, a new debate broke out inside of what’s come to be known as the ufology community almost immediately. Some saw this news as an indication that “Disclosure” of the secrets behind the UFO phenomenon and what the government really knows about them could be close at hand. Others, who have been more than suspicious of the American government on this subject for decades and believe that a coverup has been taking place disagreed. Would the new office usher in a new era of transparency and public revelations? Or would everything be swept back under the rug away from the prying eyes of the world? NBC News reporter Alex Seitz-Wald jumps into the debate this week.