David Charles Grusch, 36, served in combat in Afghanistan, and from 2019 to 2022 worked on the Unidentified Aerial Phenomena Task Force of the Office of Naval Intelligence, first as a representative of the National Reconnaissance Office and then later as the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency’s representative. In the wake of numerous unexplained sightings by Navy pilots of strange objects in the sky, the UAP Task Force was formed to investigate what we used to call UFOs. I’m sure you’ve seen some of the declassified videos.
In a recent interview with The Debrief, Grusch claimed a secretive government program has recovered material “of exotic origin.” He said scientific analysis demonstrated that the material was crafted by “nonhuman intelligence, whether extraterrestrial or unknown origin.”
“The material includes intact and partially intact vehicles,” Grusch added.
Grusch is no kook. He is a decorated veteran. Prior to leaving government work in April, Grusch had a celebrated 14-year career in U.S. intelligence. After he came forward, several of Grusch’s former colleagues backed him up.
For instance, retired Army Colonel Karl E. Nell, who served with Grusch on the UAP Task Force, called Grusch “beyond reproach” and noted that his story “concerning the existence of a terrestrial arms race occurring sub rosa over the past eighty years focused on reverse engineering technologies of unknown origin is fundamentally correct, as is the indisputable realization that at least some of these technologies of unknown origin derive from nonhuman intelligence.”
Grusch also seems to have played this by the book — as much as anyone can, that is, when whistleblowing on an apparent real-life “Men in Black” program. When he could have popped onto some popular conspiracy theory program, if it was instant fame and fortune he sought, he instead brought it to the attention of the Department of Defense inspector general that certain elements within the intelligence community were allegedly improperly withholding UAP-related information from Congress.
Grusch then quietly provided Congress with hours of recorded classified information. Grusch believed critical information had been wrongfully withheld from lawmakers whose duty it should have been to provide oversight to this clandestine exotic materials program. Naturally, some of the information could only be provided in private closed-door sessions before Congressional intelligence committees.
The public only knows about Grusch’s allegations now because of a complaint he filed, and because prior to his interview with The Debrief everything he intended to disclose was cleared for publication by the Defense Office of Prepublication and Security Review at the Department of Defense. In a press briefing on June 6, the White House suspiciously dodged a direct question about the truthfulness of Grusch’s allegations.
The complaint filed with the Intelligence Community inspector general is a very interesting piece of this whole puzzle. We do know that Grusch alleges retaliation and reprisals from his former colleagues within the intelligence community as a result of his efforts to inform members of Congress about the recovery of alien craft. Since portions of the underlying materials remain classified, we do not know intimate details of the alleged retaliation though.
However, we do know that the general thrust of the complaint lays out Grusch’s whole story, and from a lawyer’s perspective, this legal document sure does not seem like something that would come about absent very credible source material. Consider the following:
- In the action initiated by his complaint, Grusch is represented by Charles McCullough III, who is a senior partner of the Compass Rose Legal Group in Washington, D.C., and was the original inspector general of the Intelligence Community — this is a serious lawyer.
- The complaint was signed not only by McCullough, it was also signed by the managing partner of his firm — lawyers of this caliber would be unlikely to sign onto a complaint with these kinds of allegations in it if they did not do something to independently verify the claims, given that failing to do so would open them up to professional consequences. Both these attorneys signing is a strong showing of support from the firm for these claims.
- Grusch himself signed the complaint next to his statement, “I do solemnly affirm under the penalties of perjury that the contents of the foregoing paper are true and correct to the best of my knowledge.” This is typical language included in pretty much every complaint, and prosecutions for perjury are rare. Yet the exceptional claims he is making and the retaliation he has already faced would certainly cause a smart person like Grusch to think twice if he had any qualms as to the factual accuracy of something he was saying under oath.
It would be difficult to accept that a deeply embedded group within the U.S. intelligence community has recovered extraterrestrial vehicles and has been successfully hiding that fact from all of us for years. Even so, there are a lot of indicia of veracity to David Charles Grusch’s tale, not least of which is the handling of this complaint by his legal team.
I know lawyers. I know good lawyers. I know bad lawyers. I know lawyers in small towns and big cities in dozens of jurisdictions across this great nation. I don’t think a single one of them would sign a complaint like this, or let a client sign it, without being damn sure it had some real weight behind it. And knowing that, in the context of these claims, is chilling.
UPDATE: Following outreach from Compass Rose Legal Group (CRLG), we want to clarify that the whistleblower complaint itself was not classified. Moreover, CRLG’s representation pertains only to the withholding of UAP materials from Congress and retaliation against Mr. Grusch. The firm takes no position on the contents of the materials in question, only their improper withholding from Congress.
Jonathan Wolf is a civil litigator and author of Your Debt-Free JD (affiliate link). He has taught legal writing, written for a wide variety of publications, and made it both his business and his pleasure to be financially and scientifically literate. Any views he expresses are probably pure gold, but are nonetheless solely his own and should not be attributed to any organization with which he is affiliated. He wouldn’t want to share the credit anyway. He can be reached at email@example.com.