Yesterday, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand gave a statement to UFO podcaster Osvaldo Franco after a public event in which she provided an incoherent account of the latest developments in the saga of Congress’s interest in UFOs. The statement makes plain that Gillibrand is deep into UFO conspiracy theories but also highlights, in its contradictory assertions, that Gillibrand has not seen any definitive evidence of what UFOs are, or else there would be no need to hunt down additional evidence that she believes, based on UFO conspiracy culture claims, is hidden in the private sector. After all, if Congress already has “everything” from “video” to “materials,” why is it impossible to draw any conclusions?
More importantly, Gillibrand inadvertently revealed the most important element of this investigation for her, and it isn’t finding truth. It’s social support for people she feels have been marginalized. As with many of her other causes, from military sexual assault to Havana Syndrome, Gillibrand casts herself as a defender of victims. In this case, that predisposition to see UFO witnesses as victims and UFO investigations as a power struggle against entrenched elites has led her to lose perspective on the evidence for UFOs and embrace conspiracy theories about hidden materials, mountains of secret data, and nefarious cover-ups.
Her statement is below, so I have a published copy for future reference.
So, we’re supposed to, I’m supposed to get a report in the next, I think, month or two. They briefed our staff but it wasn’t very significant, not a lot of information. They’re building the office right now and they understand what the mission is. So, I met the guy who is in charge of the office. He understands he’s supposed to work with the private sector, all the people who have all the data and information. He’s also asked to go back and look at all of the archival data. He’s not been able to get access to it. As you can imagine, it’s probably siloed in all sorts of places. And so, his job is to try to get access to all of it. And if he can’t, I said, “Just go forward. If you can’t get the historic stuff, get what’s in the private sector, get the private sector data, like FAA data, correlate it, and investigate all the other things that are current, and just create a state-of-the-art office.” And he’s is committed and they’re taking it seriously. They’re not gonna hide it. Because there are so many of us now on the Intel Committee and Armed Services, that we’re gonna stand by the service-members who documented this stuff. They have video! They have radar! They have heat sensors! They have everything! [Crosstalk: “Materials?”] They have it! So, I’m not gonna let it go. I’m 100% committed.
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