A former Pentagon official announced this week that the U.S. government is withholding evidence of extraterrestrials and alien crafts reaching Earth.
Luis Elizondo, who headed a recently declassified CIA program to research unidentified flying objects, told Erin Burnett on CNN’s “OutFront” report: “My personal belief is that there is very compelling evidence that we may not be alone.”
Two news reports in Politico and The New York Times this weekend claimed that the project, known as the Advanced Aviation Threat Identification Program (AATIP), was ordered by former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, then-Democratic Senator for Nevada. After Mr. Reid was told by a political donor — who headed a major aerospace company — that he believed alien spacecraft was circling the Earth’s atmosphere, the senator began raising funding for the AATIP investigation.
Mr. Elizondo says he resigned from the Department of Defense two months ago as a protest against the “excessive secrecy” surrounding the AATIP, as well as the opposition to it among staff after the funding ended in 2012. Although he said that he was unable to speak on behalf of the U.S. government, he did claim evidence exists that made him question the official narrative and rendered him unable to dismiss the possibility of extraterrestrials and alien aircraft visiting Earth in the past.
According to Mr. Elizondo, the alien aircraft displayed characteristics “that are not currently within the U.S. inventory nor in any foreign inventory that we are aware of,” referring to the technology he and colleagues researched at the Pentagon. He claims his responsibility within the program was to identify the foreign aircraft using tools and eyewitness reports and to “ascertain and determine if that information is a potential threat to national security.”
“We found a lot,” Mr. Elizondo told reporters at the New York Times, including “anomalous aircraft” that appeared to defy the known laws of physics and aerodynamics. “Things that don’t have any obvious flight services,” he said, “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.”
The UFO government report prepared by the New York Times also includes two videos of pilots who appear to be discussing mysterious aircraft ahead of them. Former U.S. Air Force Commander David Fravor, who was one of the pilots in the footage, told CNN that he saw a UFO in 2004 that resembled a “40-foot-long Tic Tac”, which was flying at an extremely high speed and seemed to be able to suddenly and rapidly change its direction.
A video released by the Defense Department’s AATIP shows an encounter between a U.S. Navy F/A-18 Super Hornet and an unknown rotating object. Extraterrestrials? Source: New York Times
Earlier this week, Senator Reid released a statement defending the Advanced Aviation Threat Identification Program. “I’m proud of this program and its groundbreaking studies speak for themselves,” he said, “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.”
According to Politico, Luis Elizondo left the Department of Defense to work for The Stars Academy of Arts and Sciences, which examines issues related to government secrecy and unidentified flying objects.