The congressman was pessimistic about access to UFO images. “We can’t handle it,” he was quoted by Fox News. “Alien life forms may have technology that humanity ‘can’t handle,'” Burchett said during an appearance on the Event Horizon podcast. “If they have that technology, they can turn us into a coal briquette. And if they can travel light years or the speeds that we’ve seen and fly underwater, don’t show a heat signature and all that, then we’re totally out of their league.”
His candid comments came after David Grush, a US Air Force veteran whom many experts consider credible, made allegations that the government was running a secret program to search for UFOs. The House Oversight Committee is preparing a hearing to review Grush’s allegations. Burchett and fellow Republican Anna Paulina Luna of Florida will lead the committee’s investigation.
The All Areas Anomaly Resolution Office (AARO), the Pentagon’s specialized UFO department, is investigating more than 800 UFO-related cases, but only two to five percent of them are “truly anomalous,” according to the channel. NASA is also involved in UFO research, operating in a separate but parallel line, as AARO. NASA and AARO are expected to release separate reports this summer.