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New House Bill Pushes to Declassify All UFO Files: ‘We Need Transparency’

A new UFO bill seeks to declassify all UAP files. Pictures is an illustration on Canva of what a UFO might look like.

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A new bipartisan House bill is seeking to declassify all evidence of UFOs, no matter what agency has the information. And if passed, it would give the President of the United States less than a year to direct agencies to make it happen. 

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The Bill Is Called the UAP Transparency Act

The bill is called the “UAP Transparency Act,” and it was introduced by Rep. Tim Burchett (R-Tenn.) But this is a bipartisan bill, co-sponsored by Jared Moskowitz (D-Fla.) and Anna Paulina-Luna (R-Fla.), Fox News reported. In a tweet on the social media platform X, Burchett noted: “We need transparency on the #UFO #UAP issue.” 

You can read the bill in full below. 

Burchett UAP Transparency Act Text by Stephanie Dube Dwilson on Scribd

According to D. Dean Johnson, the bill number is HR 8424. It has not yet been referred to a subcommittee of the House Commitee on Oversight and Accountability. 

The Bill Would Require the President to Direct Agencies to Declassify UFO Files in Less than a Year

The bill begins by stating that its purpose is “To require the release to the public of all documents, reports, and other records relating to unidentified anomalous phenomena, and for other purposes.”

This bill has a long way to go before it becomes law. But if passed, it would require the President of the United States to direct the heads of every federal department and agency to declassify all “documents, report, or other records” relating to “unidentified anomalous phenomena” (as the term is defined in section 1683 of the National Defense Authorization Act of 2022.) The agencies and departments would also need to post these documents available on their publicly available websites.  

The President would have no more than 270 days after the act is enacted to make this direction. 

The act also requires that no less than 360 days after the act is enacted (and then every quarter after), the President will transmit a detailed report to the Hosue Committee on Oversight and Accountability and the Senate’s Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. This report will detail the progress that each federal department and agency has made toward implementing the directives. 

The main downside to this act is that, while it provides the President a deadline for making the directive to agencies and departments, it doesn’t make clear if this deadline is also for declassifying the documents themselves, or if there is no official deadline for the declassification and publication. 

The main upside to this document is that it does not provide a loophole for keeping documents classified due to national security. As Post Apocalyptic Media previously reported, the 2024 NDAA’s UAP declassification provision allows the President to delay declassification in cases of “identifiable harm” to military defense, intelligence operations, foreign relations, and law enforcement; or an identifiable harm that “outweighs the public interest in disclosure.” 

Burchett previously proposed a declassification bill for the 2024 NDAA that was ultimately not included in the bill. That bill only referred to Department of Defense documents. 

The NDAA’s Declassification Provision is Longer than Burchett’s & Provides a National Security Loophole

The NDAA also only requires disclosure within “25 years” of the record being created. 

The NDAA provision, along with the version originally proposed by Sen. Chuck Schumer, both had the national security loopholes, similar to the ones in the declassification rules for the JFK documents. And as we all know, a number of documents remain classified to this day — past their deadlines — due to both President Joe Biden and President Donald Trump authorizing that they remain classified.  

Schumer’s version of the bill also gave the federal government automatic eminent domain over UFOs and biological evidence of aliens, which was highly controversial. Ultimately, that part of the bill did not make it into the final NDAA version. 

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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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