NewsNation reported last night that the House Oversight Committee plans to investigate David Grusch’s claim that other people told him that the United States has both crashed flying saucers and dead aliens. Legislators said they had no knowledge of the claim and did not read the article or Grusch’s testimony to House lawyers, but they wanted to investigate anyway, based on what they heard on TV. NewsNation claimed this would involved a “hearing,” but their reporter appeared to have misunderstood what “looking into” and “investigating” means.
Meanwhile, and more importantly, the story Grusch told to Leslie Kean and Ralph Blumenthal turns out to be lipstick on a pig, the newest fresh coat of paint slathered over the same old claims. Controversial physicist Eric W. Davis, the longtime UFO enthusiast closely involved with Hal Puthoff and past Pentagon paranormal efforts, posted on Facebook that Grusch is “my now-former Special Security Officer who works in Colorado Springs and is the US government whistleblower” Kean and Blumenthal interviewed. That means that Grusch’s secret source for crash retrieval claims may be none other than Davis himself, who had already made the same claims in briefings to Congress in 2019, as reported by (of course) Kean and Blumenthal in the New York Times. Davis believes he is in telepathic contact with Skinwalker Ranch interdimensional poltergeists, and he said both he and Grusch provided information to Garry Nolan.
(In an interview with The Debrief, Leslie Kean said that Grusch did not mention dead aliens to her during the writing or vetting of the story breaking the news, which is itself a tremendous red flag on many fronts.)
But it gets worse. Lue Elizondo announced on Twitter that Grusch was a close “friend and colleague,” and ufologist Joe Murgia reported that he had met with Grusch at a Star Trek conference last summer while Grusch was in the company of Jeremy Corbell and George Knapp, to whom Grusch had first pitched his crashed saucer story. Grusch has been peddling his saucer story for more than a year, according to ufologists, about the time that Chris Mellon and his colleagues began hinting at “whistleblowers” and pushing for legislation to exempt them from security laws.
The retired colonel Kean and Blumenthal cited as support for Grusch’s claim turns out to also have connections to Hal Puthoff, according to his LinkedIn profile.
Grusch’s claims seem to be nothing more than another version of the narrative that the team represented by Hal Puthoff, Eric W. Davis, Lue Elizondo, and the others who orbit the Skinwalker Ranch spook crew have been peddling—without evidence—for decades.
This, of course, raises a suspicion whether the “documents” Grusch claims to have received from his informants and provided to Congress were anything more than the so-called Wilson-Davis notes about the alleged crash retrieval program that mysteriously made their way into last year’s House hearing on UFOs, right around the time Grusch started talking with Congress. Grusch's critical analysis skills became even more questionable after he told a French newspaper that in 1944 the U.S. seized a crashed alien ship that Mussolini recovered in Italy in 1933, a bit of modern fakelore invented recently from mixing the late twentieth century fabrication of Nazi UFO recoveries with a joke Mussolini made in 1941 about how Americans should fear a Martian attack more than an Axis one. But it is a story that the spook crew orbiting Tom DeLonge and Lue Elizondo have played with.
Kean and Blumenthal, close colleagues of Mellon and Elizondo, betrayed no interest in exposing Grusch’s connections to the usual UFO suspects, nor did they provide a clear timeline of Grusch’s activities to allow us to evaluate when he spoke to Congress or when the spook crew began pushing for whistleblower legislation to make his claims appear urgent and serious. Ross Coulthart, who interviewed him for NewsNation, did not probe these questions in the segments appearing on air.
Without a clear timeline and paper trail, it becomes far too easy to hide the truth and repackage the same claims Lue Elizondo, Eric Davis, and others have long peddled. The question, though, is what these people still want since they already received their shiny new UFO office and defense contracts for their employers and pals. Perhaps they want to damage rival high-tech Pentagon programs by exposing them so their favored programs will benefit. Or maybe they have genuinely convinced themselves that spook stories from the twentieth century are true.
But we should all be disappointed that Congress keeps falling for the same assertions without evidence.
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