How UFOs Went from Joke to U.S. National Security Concern

In 2007, Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) called his colleagues Ted Stevens and Daniel Inouye to a special secure room in the Capitol where they discussed highly classified information.

Stevens, a federal Republican from Alaska, and Inouye, a Democrat from Hawaii, control funding for the Pentagon’s super-secret operations, according to The Washington Post. Reid wanted them to learn about an idea, one that needed to be kept secret, not only for the sake of national security, but also because the idea sounded a little crazy.

Reid’s idea was that he wanted the Pentagon to investigate unidentified flying objects (UFOs).

It only took Reid about ten minutes to convince Stevens and Inouye to support about $22 million in funding for the Pentagon to start an investigation program. Reid recalled that Stevens was a particularly easy man to convince because, as an Air Force pilot during World War II, he had seen some very strange things, including an object that did not appear to be an airplane, mimicking his movements in the air.

“Everyone told me it would only get me in trouble,” Reid said, “but I wasn’t afraid of it. I guess time proved me right.”

Reid is a federal Democratic congressman from Nevada. The state is home to the military’s top-secret Area 51 test site, a central attraction for “UFO hunters.

Beyond Hollywood screens and science fiction, UFOs enter national conversation

UFOs are being discussed by officials in Washington, including top senators, Pentagon insiders and even the former director of the Central Intelligence Agency. once considered a ridiculous, crazy topic, UFOs have jumped off the Hollywood screen and science fiction and into the national conversation in the United States.

John Podesta was interested in UFOs when he was chief of staff to President Bill Clinton. At the time, he says, you didn’t want to be caught talking about it because you’d be accused of stepping out of an episode of The X-Files.

The X-Files is an American television science fiction series in which the lead actor takes it upon himself to investigate the “X-Files,” a category of events that are mysterious, paranormal, paranormal phenomena that are difficult to explain by science and common sense.

Now, UFO incidents are not just talk. Last summer, the Department of Defense issued a press release titled “Establishment of the Unidentified Aerial Phenomena Task Force (UAPTF). According to the Pentagon, the task force’s mission is to “detect, analyze, and catalog unidentified aerial phenomena (UAP) that may pose a potential threat to U.S. national security.

A few months later, as part of President Trump’s spending and outbreak assistance package, the Senate Intelligence Committee, led by Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-Va.), included a provision requiring the Director of National Intelligence to help produce an unclassified report on everything U.S. government agencies know about UFOs, including dozens of anomalous sightings reported by military pilots. sightings. The report is scheduled to come out in June of this year.

Washington increasingly convinced UFO phenomenon is no joke

Late last year, former CIA Director John Brennan told a podcast hosted by Tyler Cowen, a professor of economics at George Mason University, that “for us to believe that there is no other form of life in the entire universe is a bit arrogant and condescending. It’s a little arrogant and arrogant for us to believe that there is no other form of life in the entire universe.”

Last month, former CIA Director R. James Woolsey said in an interview with Black Vault, a website that collects paranormal phenomena, that he is less skeptical than he was a few years ago, and that something is happening that is surprising a series of intelligent aircraft, experienced pilots, and other people. Experienced pilots are surprised.

The two former CIA directors were referring to Air Force and Navy pilot videos that have been released in recent years showing unidentified objects on radar flying at unusual speeds and performing aerial maneuvers.

In one video, when a pilot’s radar locks onto a strange flying object, he screams, “Look at that thing!”

“It’s spinning.” Another pilot says.

“Oh my God!” Still another pilot said.

The authenticity of the videos has been confirmed by Pentagon officials. Some of the videos were recently featured on CBS’s “60 Minutes.

“I’ve seen some of the videos of the Navy pilots,” Brennan said, “and I must say, when you see them, they’re pretty shocking.”

Washington’s interest in UFOs appears to have begun with Reid’s meetings at the Capitol. His interest in UFOs dates back to the mid-1990s, when a Las Vegas television reporter invited him to a UFO conference, along with academics and UFO enthusiasts.

About a decade later, Reed got in touch with an acquaintance in the motel industry, Robert Bigelow, whose father had been killed in a plane crash. Bigelow, a UFO enthusiast, reportedly blamed the death on a UFO. He owns a ranch in Utah where many paranormal phenomena have occurred: cattle have disappeared, UFOs have been spotted, and strange magnetic fields have appeared. An official from the Defense Intelligence Agency wanted to visit, so he called Reid. His interest convinced Reid that it was time to take UFOs seriously.

UFOs pose a national security risk

Luis Elizondo, former head of the Pentagon’s UFO program, said on “Fox & Friends” in March that the U.S. government uses the same investigative methods for UFOs as it does for terrorist intelligence operations and has found that UFO phenomena are not only ” real” and that the information surrounding them was “compelling.

“We are seeing these, they are entering controlled U.S. airspace, and they are displaying performance characteristics that are clearly beyond our ability to replicate, or in some cases even understand,” Irizando said.

Speaking on “60 Minutes,” Irizando said the presence of any unidentified flying object in the vicinity of U.S. airspace should be considered a national security risk.

“What I’m telling you is that it’s real. The question is, what exactly is it? What is its intent? What is its function?” Irizando said.

The Pentagon released a video this month showing a UFO (unidentified flying object) attacking a U.S. stealth ship near San Diego before diving underwater. The Defense Department has confirmed the authenticity of the video.

A former Navy officer commented on it, saying the technology demonstrated by the UFO in the video was at least 100 to 1,000 years more advanced than the United States.

“The technology we saw on ‘Tic Tac’ is something we can’t defend ourselves against at this point.” Sean Cahil, a former U.S. Navy duty chief petty officer, told CNN host Chris Cuomo.

In an interview with WaPo, Elizondo explained how Washington has gone from a joke to a serious investigation into the UFO issue.

“We’re now relying on military and intelligence gathering capabilities to collect data and then try to interpret that data.” He said the U.S. can’t wait any longer to take the matter seriously.

“We’re seeing these things every day,” he said, “and the longer we keep it secret, the bigger the problem becomes. In fact, it’s to our detriment to remain silent on this issue.”

Capt. Ryan Graves, a former Navy pilot, said he was stunned when he first saw the UFOs. The flying objects appeared to have no exhaust pipes, no engines and everything was mysterious and dangerous.

Former Navy Rear Admiral Alex Dietrich said on “60 Minutes” that she had a “disturbing” encounter with an unidentified flying object over the Pacific Ocean in 2004.

She and Navy Lt. Cmdr. Dave Fravor described the object as “what appeared to be a white tic-tac-toe shaped object” about the size of a fighter jet.

Dietrich said, “There was no predictable movement, no predictable trajectory.”

Dietrich recalled that the Navy jet they were flying was not armed and that she felt in danger.

Federal Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) also said on the program, “Any object that enters the airspace without permission is a threat.”