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Former National Intelligence Director: Government Is Hiding UFO Knowledge

Photo from C-SPAN of Ratcliffe's confirmation hearing, alongside a depiction from Canva of what a UFO might look like.

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John Ratcliffe, former Director of National Intelligence, revealed in an interview that he wanted greater transparency about the UFO sightings, but so far President Joe Biden’s administration has been pushing for more secrecy. He admitted that the government knows more about UAPs than it’s revealed to the public so far. The interview came on the heels of a House UFO hearing, and Ratcliffe was discussing allegations by the UFO whistleblower David Grusch. 

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Ratcliffe Said Biden’s Administration Chose Not to Reveal Much After He Left

In an interview with Fox Business, Ratcliffe was shown clips from David Grusch’s testimony at the House Oversight Committee’s UFO hearing, and asked to comment on Grusch’s statements. The clips included Grusch revealing that he knows of people harmed by government efforts to conceal a secret UAP retrieval program, possible alleged murders he can’t speak about in a non-classified setting, and non-human biologics found in some of the UAP recoveries. 

First, Ratcliffe referenced a statement he made when he left his position as DNI about two years ago. 

“The government has more information than it’s sharing…” he said. “I thought a report that was going to come out after I left would have more transparency, which was needed. Unfortunately, the Biden administration made the decision to really not reveal much. And now you end up with House Republicans having to have these public hearings to talk about more of this information.”

He Added That He Doesn’t Think We Should Have Full UFO Transparency

Screenshot of Ratcliffe's Fox interview
Screenshot of Ratcliffe’s Fox interview

Despite believing the public should learn more about UFOs, Ratcliffe clarified that he does not believe this entails complete transparency on the topic. 

“I believe there should be more transparency on this issue,” he told Fox Business. “But not full transparency. The primary role of the federal government is to provide for the common defense, and … we don’t share all national security information with the American people. But the government should have done a better job of putting out some of the things you and I talked about…”

He said we wouldn’t have as much controversy right now if we had been more open from the start.

“There are things that we can’t explain,” Ratcliffe admitted. “And there are more sightings than are being reported. Had the government managed this a little bit better, it wouldn’t be as controversial.” 

When asked if the U.S. knows where the UFOs are coming from, Ratcliffe answered: “Like I said, there’s a lot of things that are unexplained… I’ve gone to the edge of talking about information that’s classified. I can’t go over that line. This current administration would like nothing more than for me to trip over a classified information line. I just think that we could’ve put more information out to talk about all of that.” 

He Said Someone Has Technology That the U.S. Doesn’t Have

Ratcliffe previously told Fox News in January that when he was head of DNI, he pushed unsuccessfully for more disclosure about UFOs. 

“Shortly after I became the DNI in June of 2020, I was the first one to publicly acknowledge that there was an unidentified aerial phenomenon task force through the Senate Intelligence Committee, because I wanted there to be greater transparency to the American people about the number of sightings of things that are unexplained…” he said. “My concern as the Director of National Intelligence was, if any one foreign adversary — regardless of how you define foreign adversary — have technologies that the United States don’t have, we need to find out more about that. And what we found was Navy pilots and Air Force pilots were discouraged from reporting that. They thought it would impair their careers…” 

He clarified that many sightings are definitely unexplained and aren’t natural phenomenon. 

“It’s not clutter or debris or birds or anything else, but objects that demonstrate technologies that seem to defy the law of physics and capabilities that we don’t have,” Ratcliffe said.

He was then asked point blank by the interviewers: are aliens real? He stammered a bit while answering. 

“I can’t talk to you about … any potential alien life,” he said. “So I’ll just leave it at that.” 

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    Stephanie Dwilson started Post Apocalyptic Media with her husband Derek. She's a licensed attorney and has a master's in science and technology journalism. You can reach her at [email protected].

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