As if 2017 hasn’t been weird enough, the US Department of Defense has released a video … of a “UFO.”
And a man who would ostensibly be in a position to at least posit an educated guess, none other than a former Pentagon official who once headed-up the official government program designed to research such things, came out on Monday with the belief that there is indeed evidence of aliens having reached our planet.
A former Pentagon official.
Let that sink in.
“My personal belief is that there is very compelling evidence that we may not be alone,” said Luis Elizondo during a CNN interview.
The program, called the Advanced Aviation Threat Identification Program, was initially started by Nevada Senator and then-Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, according to reports from Politico and the New York Times, then officially shut down in 2012, although Elizondo and others continued their research while performing other roles in an “official” capacity.
In October, Elizondo reportedly resigned from the agency to protest lack of funding and the “excessive secrecy” around the UFO research effort, and although he cannot officially speak on the government’s behalf, the former Pentagon official nevertheless believes the possibility that aliens have visited Earth cannot be ruled out.
“These aircraft — we’ll call them aircraft — are displaying characteristics that are not currently within the US inventory nor in any foreign inventory that we are aware of,” said Elizondo, who defined the role of the agency he once worked for as identifying and determining if such things were “a potential threat to national security.”
“We found a lot,” said Elizondo, including “anomalous” aircraft that were “seemingly defying the laws of aerodynamics.”
“Things that don’t have any obvious flight services, any obvious forms of propulsion, and maneuvering in ways that include extreme maneuverability beyond, I would submit, the healthy G-forces of a human or anything biological,” said the former Pentagon official.
Elizondo’s opinion isn’t the only evidence to support the existence of UFOs. The Times also released a video of what retired Commander David Fravor described as a “40-foot-long Tic Tac” with otherworldly maneuverability and directional control in 2004.
— CNN (@CNN) December 19, 2017
Not everyone is buying into the concept of alien life visiting our planet. Ryan Alexander of Taxpayers for Common Sense called the research a waste of money during a Monday CNN appearance.
“It’s definitely crazy to spend $22 million to research UFOs,” said Alexander. “Pilots are always going to see things that they can’t identify, and we should probably look into them. But to identify them as UFOs, to target UFOs to research — that is not the priority we have as a national security matter right now.”
But Harry Reid disagrees, saying in a statement, “I’m proud of this program and its ground-breaking studies speak for themselves. It is silly and counterproductive to politicize the serious scientific questions raised by the work of this program, which was funded on a bipartisan basis.”
Can’t believe how calm everyone is being about the @nytimes releasing a video of a UFO
— stuart braithwaite (@plasmatron) December 20, 2017
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