However, by midweek, Burchett seemed to be pulling back on what ufologists like Jeremy Corbell promised (using the phrase “GO GO UFO”) would be a world-changing hearing and “the start of a new era” by providing “Disclosure,” the long-sought millenarian idea that the federal government would reveal the existence of extraterrestrial or interdimensional beings. Burchett said the hearing would include only three witnesses, David Grusch and two former military pilots, David Fravor and Ryan Graves, who will testify about why “these pilots think that something else exists.” That’s a far cry from exposing the government’s secret treaties with interdimensional space monsters.
Burchett’s pull-back came only hours before ABC News released an interview ahead of a Hulu-exclusive documentary about UFOs in which the scientist heading the government’s UFO office, Sean Kirkpatrick of AARO, explained that AARO interviewed more than thirty witnesses related to the crashed saucer claims and found no verifiable evidence to support the assertions.
"We've interviewed almost 30 individuals who have come in to provide their testimony. And out of all of those, none of it has yet led to any verifiable information that substantiates the claim that the U.S. government has those ships or has a reverse engineering program either in the past or currently," Kirkpatrick said when asked about the allegations.
The clear implication of Kirkpatrick’s comments is that the whistleblowers’ conclusions about the evidence that they have seen does not comport with an objective analysis of the same evidence. In short, one might reasonably argue that alien mythology shaped the conclusions the witnesses drew and biased their evaluations of it.
ABC is airing its UFO special on Hulu, not on ABC, suggesting that they did not find the subject of intergalactic or interdimensional invasion sufficiently credible to be real news.
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