How the U.S. Elections May Affect UFO Disclosure, While The White House Releases an AI Bill of Rights
The year 2022 could turn out to be the fulcrum point for a change in the government involvement in unidentified aerial phenomenon (UPAs and UFOs) and artificial intelligence. The U.S. midterm elections feature a number of politicians who are involved in passing the National Defense Authorization Act 2023 (NDAA) and Intelligence Authorization Act 2023 (IAA) which fund the Defense Department’s research into UAPs and their threats to national security. And just this week, the White House Office of Science and Technology unveiled a “Blueprint for an AI Bill of Rights” which outlines five rights the American public should have to protect themselves in the ever-expanding age of artificial intelligence. Let’s look at how each of the major events is making 2022 a potential turning point in the history of UAPs and artificial intelligence.
Liberation Times takes a look at some of the midterm races affecting UAP research and disclosure. In general, the polls at the time of this writing show the Democratic Party a slight favorite to retain a simple majority in the U.S. Senate, while the Republican Party has a slight lead in the House of Representatives. Since the majority party selects committee chairpersons, that would put Republican Representative Mike Turner (R-OHIO) at the helm of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and disclosure proponents see this as a positive move since Turner’s district includes Wright Patterson Air Force Base, which has long been a focal point for investigating suspected UFO crashes and alleged reverse engineering of alien spacecrafts.
Another key race that could be favorable no matter who wins is the race for one Senate seat from Florida. Incumbent Senator Marco Rubio (R – Florida) is currently the Vice Chair of the Senate’s Intelligence Committee and a leading advocate for UAP legislation and public disclosure. His opponent is current U.S. Representative Val Demings (R – Florida) who is a member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and was one of the politicians who attended the classified hearing on UAP in May 2022, after which she said:
“Just because something is unidentified doesn’t mean that it’s unidentifiable, and truth must always be a precondition to good policy. By treating this issue seriously, working with Pentagon experts, and empowering witnesses and hard evidence, we can find answers, ensure the integrity of American airspace, counter global threats, and keep Americans safe at home and abroad. I will continue to work with the Pentagon and our intelligence agencies on this important issue.”
Liberation Times notes that the new Chief of Space Operations for the U.S. Space Force, General Bradley Chance Saltzman, was confirmed by the Senate and once served as a Minuteman III launch officer and served at Malmstrom Air Force Base where in 1967 a number of military personnel reported minuteman nuclear weapons systems being deactivated immediately after UFOs were spotted. Finally, John Podesta – former White House Chief of Staff to President Bill Clinton (along with other positions) and longtime proponent of UAP disclosure – is back in the White House as President Biden’s senior adviser for clean energy innovation … a job where he may finally be able to rectify what he says is his biggest disappointment – “not securing the disclosure of the UFO files.” It will definitely help his cause if his party stays in power.
Speaking of the White House …
“To advance President Biden’s vision, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy has identified five principles that should guide the design, use, and deployment of automated systems to protect the American public in the age of artificial intelligence.”
When it comes to national security threats that are not UAPs or weapons of mass destruction, artificial intelligence is usually at the top of the list. To address this, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy announced the Blueprint for an AI Bill of Rights to address threats such as medical records hackers, algorithms replacing humans making decisions involving hiring and credit evaluations, bias and discrimination in algorithms, and the rampant collection of data by social media platforms that is often done without notification. To address these threats while also protecting some of the benefits of artificial intelligence, the blueprint lays out five principles to “guide the design, use, and deployment of automated systems to protect the American public in the age of artificial intelligence.” Those principles are:
- You should be protected from unsafe or ineffective systems.
- You should not face discrimination by algorithms and systems should be used and designed in an equitable way.
- You should be protected from abusive data practices via built-in protections and you should have agency over how data about you is used.
- You should know that an automated system is being used and understand how and why it contributes to outcomes that impact you.
- You should be able to opt out, where appropriate, and have access to a person who can quickly consider and remedy problems you encounter.
As the MIT Technology Review points out, this is an ‘It’s about time’ moment since the U.S. is one of the only Western nations without clear guidance on how to protect the public from being harmed by artificial intelligence. Progress has been slow – the blueprint was first introduced a year ago by the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), a department that advises the president on science and technology but is not part of the Defense Department. The office staff was reduced from 135 to 45 people by the prior Trump administration, which also left the OSTP director position vacant for over two years – the current director is Arati Prabhakar, the former head of DARPA, the United States Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. That background may give the blueprint some security bite despite not being under the Pentagon. That highlights the biggest concern of most political insiders when evaluating the Blueprint for an AI Bill of Rights – it is weak at a time when toughness is required to protect the public from artificial intelligence and the companies and organizations behind it. This also takes us back to the upcoming election – since the previous Republican administration weakened the Office of Science and Technology Policy, any losses by the Democrats could lead to a Republican majority that might try to reverse any progress being made.
Will 2022 be a watershed year for the political impacts of UAPs and artificial intelligence? The midterm elections in the U.S. are one month away. There is still time to make your decisions.