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This time, they always say, it could be different.

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Earlier this week, a hitherto-obscure webzine called the Debrief—which describes itself as “a public venue for credible reporting on science, tech, and defense news”—published startling claims by “a former intelligence official and whistleblower” named David Charles Grusch. The US government and its allies, Grusch announced, have in their possession “intact and partially intact craft of non-human origin,” along with the dead alien pilots, and have been secretly studying them for years. This was my unconvinced response:

The Debrief article is by two well-known UFO authors named Leslie Kean and Ralph Blumenthal. “Grusch,” they report, “said the recoveries of partial fragments through and up to intact vehicles have been made for decades through the present day by the government, its allies, and defense contractors.” Quoting Grusch, the authors describe the objects as “of exotic origin (non-human intelligence, whether extraterrestrial or unknown origin) based on the vehicle morphologies and material science testing and the possession of unique atomic arrangements and radiological signatures.” Grusch has handed a pile of allegedly “extensive classified information about deeply covert programs” to Congress and the Intelligence Community Inspector General. “We are not talking about prosaic origins or identities,” he is reported to have assured them.

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