Today is the big day UFO hunters have been waiting for: At 9 am EST (1 pm UTC) today, May 17, an open House subcommittee will kick off its first public hearing on UFOs in the US in over 50 years, and you can watch it all right here.
While you shouldn't be expecting any little green men testifying, a few interesting snippets of information may be revealed to the public. Here’s what you can expect from this landmark hearing.
The first portion of the hearing will be live-streamed for your viewing pleasure on YouTube. You can watch it in the live stream below. The hearing was initially scheduled for 10 am EST, but has since been brought forward to 9 am.
Following the open portion of the hearing, the subcommittee will then hold a closed and classified briefing starting at approximately 12pm EST — which means the public hearing could last up to three hours, although we can expect a short break between sessions.
Chaired by Congressman André Carson (D-Ind), the hearing will feature testimonies from two top defense intelligence officials: Ronald Moultrie, the Pentagon’s top intelligence official, and Scott Bray, the deputy director of naval intelligence, according to Politico.
“There's much to learn about unidentified aerial phenomena. But one thing is sure – the American people deserve full transparency,” Representative Adam Schiff (D-Cal), Chair of the House Intelligence Committee tweeted last week.
“Next week, @HouseIntel will give the public a chance to hear from experts on one of the greatest mysteries of our time.”
The hearing comes after a landmark report on UAPs requested by Congress was published in June 2021. Overall, the report was rather inconclusive, but it showed that certain US authorities were starting to opt for a more transparent approach towards the once-controversial topic of unidentified aerial phenomena (UAP) sightings.
Not much else has been revealed about the hearing, but many are expecting it to outline some of the military encounters with UAPs and explore the potential risk they pose to national security.
Curious onlookers aren’t expecting much more from this upcoming hearing, however. UAP Media believes the hearing won’t provide the "full disclosure” many are hoping for, with much of the juicier content being held back for the classified briefing. Nevertheless, the open and accountable nature of the hearing has been widely celebrated. Who knows, perhaps a few interesting pieces of information might also slip through the cracks.
“While this announcement is a huge positive step, we are not expecting any bombshell announcements at this early stage. We do hope however that it encourages other national governments – such as the UK and Australia under their AUKUS intelligence sharing partnership – to follow suit and begin open conversations of their own,” Dave Partridge, editor of Shadows of Your Mind magazine and a member of UAP Media UK, said in a statement.
“For over four years those working behind the scenes on the UAP initiative have fought to get information to the right people in Congress. What we are seeing now with Congressional Hearings is another step on the ladder towards societal acceptance,” added Adam Goldsack, one of the founders of UAP Media UK.