When U.S. Congress UFO Hearing Is Happening and How to Watch

Congress is set to hold a public hearing on the issue of UFOs—or as the government officials prefer to call them, unidentified aerial phenomena (UAPs).

You will be able to watch the House Intelligence Committee's subcommittee on Counterterrorism, Counterintelligence and Counterproliferation hearing live, with the session commencing at 9 a.m. Eastern Time on Tuesday.

If you would like to watch the public hearing, the House Intelligence YouTube channel is providing a live stream of the event, which can be viewed below. After the open portion of the hearting, the subcommittee will hold a closed, classified briefing on the matter.

The hearing will be chaired by Indiana Representative André Carson and feature testimony from two top defense officials: Scott Bray, the deputy director of naval intelligence, and Ronald Moultrie, the undersecretary of defense for intelligence and security.

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Stock image showing the U.S. Capitol. Congress will hold a public hearing on the issue of unidentified aerial phenomena. iStock

"The American people expect and deserve their leaders in government and intelligence to seriously evaluate and respond to any potential national security risks—especially those we do not fully understand," Carson said.

"Since coming to Congress, I've been focused on the issue of unidentified aerial phenomena as both a national security threat and an interest of great importance to the American public," he said. "And I'm pleased to chair the first open Intelligence Committee hearing on these events. It will give the American people an opportunity to learn what there is to know about these incidents. And I look forward to hearing from our witnesses on this critical matter."

Tuesday's event will be the first public government hearing on the issue of UAPs for more than 50 years since the Air Force oversaw an investigation called Project Blue Book, which terminated in 1969.

The hearing comes several months after a highly-anticipated government report published in June last year that detailed numerous UAP incidents.

While the report did not reveal anything about what the unexplained phenomena actually were—and there is currently no evidence they were extraterrestrial in origin—it did say that there could be a variety of potential explanations, including airborne clutter, natural atmospheric phenomena, government or industry developmental programs, foreign adversary systems or "other" reasons.

On Tuesday, Representative Adam Schiff, chair of the House Intelligence Committee, said in a statement: "There's still much to learn about unidentified aerial phenomena and the potential risks they may pose to our national security. But one thing is sure—the American people deserve full transparency, and the federal government and Intelligence Community have a critical role to play in contextualizing and analyzing reports of UAPs."

He continued: "The purpose of this hearing is to give the public an opportunity to hear directly from subject matter experts and leaders in the intelligence community on one of the greatest mysteries of our time, and to break the cycle of excessive secrecy and speculation with truth and transparency."