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The truth is out there, and by golly Florida Sen. Marco Rubio desperately wants to know it.
Speaking with TMZ from Reagan National Airport this Monday, the Republican lawmaker explained why he’d supported a UFO-related “provision” that was included in the coronavirus relief bill that was signed last December.
“For me, there’s stuff flying over military installations, and nobody knows what it is, and it isn’t ours. So for me, that’s logical: You want to know what it is. It’s common sense, right? Stuff’s flying over the top of your sensitive installations, and it’s not ours, and nobody knows whose it is. We should find out what it is,” he said.
Some of what he said can be heard below:
The “provision” was included in the Intelligence Authorization Act, which itself was packaged into a larger COVID package, though it wasn’t really a provision. Rather, the “provision” was a comment plucked from a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing.
But not just any comment. It was one that asked “the Director of National Intelligence to consult with other top defense officials and spy chiefs to submit a report on ‘unidentified aerial phenomena (UAP), the government argot for UFOs, within six months,” according to The Independent.
“The briefing will cover ‘observed airborne objects that have not been identified’ and feature ‘detailed analysis of unidentified phenomena data collected by: a. geospatial intelligence; b. signals intelligence; c. human intelligence; and d. measurement and signals intelligence,'” The Independent reported at the time.
The deadline for this report is reportedly June 1st. But during an appearance Tuesday on Fox Business Network’s “Mornings with Maria,” the senator said he’s not certain the government will be able to come through on time.
“I’m not sure that by June 1st they’ll have reached a hard conclusion about what they’re dealing with, and there may be more questions, new questions, than full answers after the fact,” he said.
“And look, there’s a stigma associated with this, alright? When a Navy pilot would report that they saw something, they were told ‘you need to go see the flight surgeon.’ To check out your head, you know? To make sure you’re not seeing things.”
He’s worried that this stigma may prevent the information from actually being released.
“So there’s a stigma associated with reporting it. Even talking to you now, right, people are going to say ‘look what these people are focused on when the world is falling apart.’ There’s a stigma associated with this and it needs to go away,” he said.
This prompted Bartiromo to note, “So it’s not necessarily like that we have, you know, little ETs running around, aliens, but it could be technology that China or Russia or somebody else has developed that could be ahead of the United States then? That’s even more worrisome to me.”
“Again, I don’t know that to be the case, but we need to start finding out,” Rubio replied.
The topic of aliens also came up during the impromptu airport interview Monday, but again the senator reiterated that he’s only concerned about national security.
“I don’t know that there are aliens. I don’t know that they ever visited here. When you talk about that stuff, everybody gets stigmatized about it, and no one wants to sound weird,” he said.
“My thing is very simple, we don’t know what that stuff is flying over the top of our installations let’s find out – maybe it’s another country, and that would be bad news too.”
Indeed, many have theorized that UFOs could just be advanced technological crafts that were developed by other nations but kept secret.
Two years ago, then-North Carolina Rep. Mark Walker sent a letter to the U.S. Navy proposing that very idea.
“Does the (U.S. Navy) department have any information regarding private companies or foreign nations who have made significant advancements in aerophysics? We believe the answers to these questions are vital to our national security and scientific research and of significant public interest,” he wrote.
Then-Undersecretary of the Navy Thomas Modly replied in a letter dated July 31, 2019, though the letter wasn’t declassified until the following year.
View the letter below:
Modly admitted that there “have been a number of reports of unauthorized and/or unidentified aircraft entering various military-controlled training ranges and designated air space in recent year” and that these cases were being investigated.
Walker wasn’t satisfied with the answer.
“While I am encouraged the Under Secretary of the Navy confirmed that UAP encounters are fully investigated, there is frustration with the lack of answers to specific questions about the threat that superior aircraft flying in United States airspace may pose,” he said to The Drive.
“If the Navy believes that China or Russia possesses advanced aerospace technologies that represent a national security vulnerability, the American people have the right to know what their government is doing about it.”