During a Politico Space Panel on April 12th, 2018, journalist Bryan Bender posed a question about AATIP to Representative Ami Bera (D-CA), President of The Coalition for Deep Space Exploration, Lynne Dittmar, and Representative Randy Hultgren (R-IL). In regards to AATIP and UAP reports, Bender asked “Should we be doing more? Or is this just crazy sci-fi stuff that is a waste of time?”
Representative Ami Bera was the first to respond, “It certainly peaked my interest, and I think it peaked a lot of the public’s interest. I have actually talked to the Chairman of the Sub Committee, Brian Babin, as well as Lamar Smith, Chairman of the Full Committee. I said we ought to have a hearing on this, right?” He continued, “I think it’s fascinating, you know, we don’t know what these phenomenon are. Obviously it was important enough to allocate some funds. We ought to talk about what we can talk about openly.”
Recently, President and CEO of To The Stars Academy of Arts and Science, Tom Delonge, posted this on his Instagram account:
When Bera said “We ought to talk about what we can talk about openly,” was he referring to the limited amount of declassified information available to the public, or classified documents? Only a year ago, before the existence of AATIP was made public, and before TTSA was announced, this line of questioning would have never been brought up by major news outlets. AATIP and TTSA have “changed the conversation about UFOs,” as Tom Delonge has stated.
After Bera and Delonge’s statements, could we see another Congressional hearing on UAP? Could there be a congressional hearing on AATIP? Ufologist Jacques Vallée stated there has been multiple congressional hearings on the subject of UFOs, one took place because of Project Bluebook, and they didn’t amount to much. But those hearings took place many years ago. Maybe with the resurgence of the topic thanks to groups like AATIP and TTSA, newly released gun camera footage of UAP, and other admissible testimony and evidence, this congressional hearing could be more productive.