David Grusch, an officer in the United States Air Force (USAF) and a former intelligence official, has made public statements asserting that he was informed by unnamed officials about a highly secretive program within the U.S. federal government. This program is said to focus on the recovery of unidentified flying objects (UFOs) or unidentified aerial phenomena (UAPs). According to Grusch, the government possesses “non-human” spacecraft and the remains of deceased pilots associated with these crafts.
In 2022, Grusch took his concerns to the U.S. Office of the Intelligence Community Inspector General (ICIG) by filing a whistleblower complaint. His intention was to share classified information with the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. He also lodged a complaint alleging that he had faced retaliation from his superiors due to a similar complaint he had submitted in 2021.
Grusch maintains that he had access to documents indicating that the government of Benito Mussolini recovered a “non-human” spacecraft in 1933. He alleges that the Vatican and the Five Eyes intelligence alliance assisted the United States in acquiring this craft in either 1944 or 1945. Additionally, Grusch claims to have second-hand knowledge that individuals have lost their lives as a result of the government’s efforts to conceal this information.
In response to Grusch’s assertions in June 2023, both the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) issued statements affirming that no evidence of extraterrestrial life has been uncovered. They emphasized that there is no verifiable proof of anyone possessing or reverse engineering “extraterrestrial materials.”
During a congressional hearing held on July 26, 2023, under the House Committee on Oversight and Accountability, Grusch reiterated some of his claims while under oath. He was joined by U.S. fighter pilots Ryan Graves and David Fravor, who shared their personal encounters with UFOs. Grusch explained that he was unable to provide complete public disclosure on certain aspects of his allegations but offered to provide more details to representatives within a sensitive compartmented information facility (SCIF).