Congressman Tim Burchett (R-TN) told Newsweek recently that he believes “”we have recovered a craft at some point, and possible beings.”
“I think that a lot of that’s being reverse-engineered right now, but we just don’t understand it,” he said.
Prior to that statement, Rep. Burchett told fellow congressman Matt Gaetz (R-FL) last month he believes the U.S. Government has “recovered craft” that could represent extraterrestrial technology.
In a conversation with Burchett, Gaetz asked if he believed that the U.S. has recovered any craft “that is not from the planet Earth,” to which Burchett replied, “at some point, I believe that has happened.”
“Too many people in the know have told me that, and that we had to do something with these multiple craft that have crashed and we do not have the technology….I just believe it in my heart,” Burchett said. “I’ve talked to too many pilots, top, top pilots, our Navy pilots, the best pilots in the world, that have said this is what they’ve seen.”
That conversation came amid the news that several unidentified flying objects had been shot down over North America.
The first such object was publicly identified as a recovered Chinese spy balloon, although the remaining three are so far unidentified.
The origin and nature of the unidentified flying objects remains unknown, although a few details have emerged.
One object over Alaska was reportedly the size of a small car and “cylindrical and silver-ish gray,” while one taken down over Canada was described as a “small, metallic balloon with a tethered payload below it,” and an object over Lake Huron was said to be octagonal with strings hanging off the side and no discernible payload.
None of the objects reportedly showed any signs of propulsion or maneuverability.
So far, both the U.S. and Canadian governments have claimed not to have recovered any wreckage from the downed unidentified flying objects.
The White House was quick to deny the involvement of anything otherworldly in the events.
“I just wanted to make sure we address this from the White House. I know there have been questions and concerns about this. But there is no, again, no indication of aliens or extraterrestrial activity with these recent takedowns. Again, there is no indication of aliens or extraterrestrial activity with these recent takedowns. I wanted to make sure that the American people knew that; all of you knew that. And it was important for us to say that from here because we’ve been hearing a lot about it,” press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said in a press briefing.
Furthermore, the White House said intelligence officials were “considering as a leading explanation that these could be tied to commercial or research entities and benign.”
This was followed by President Biden saying that the objects “were most likely balloons tied to private companies, recreation, or research institutions studying weather or conducting other scientific research.”
But this incident did not mark the beginning of Rep. Burchett’s interest in the UFO phenomenon.
Following the release last January of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence’s (ODNI) 2022 Annual Report on Unidentified Aerial Phenomena, Burchett accused the government of covering up evidence of UFOs “since the ’40s,” adding that he doesn’t “trust government, there’s an arrogance about it, and I think the American public can handle it.”
Burchett then called for the government to “release everything,” saying that “we need to find out what’s going on.”