Aliens Have Visited Earth 'Beyond a Reasonable Doubt,' Says Director of Pentagon UFO Program
It's nothing new for conspiracy theorists and UFO-ologists to claim the government has a thick file on UFOs hidden somewhere in the Pentagon that they're not sharing with the public—but when it's the director of a Pentagon program to catalogue and assess UFOs who's saying his superiors won't release the evidence to the public...well, that's new.
Luis Elizondo, the former director of the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program, tendered his resignation in October after becoming frustrated with the secrecy surrounding his program, which focussed on identifying and assessing potential UFOs. Though the program was officially defunded in 2012, Elizondo kept his office in the Pentagon and continued working with other government agencies to carry on investigations.
Five years later, Elizondo is not just convinced aliens might exist—he says we have enough evidence to prove it. "In my opinion, if this was a court of law, we have reached the point of 'beyond reasonable doubt,' " Elizondo recently told the Telegraph.
Elizondo's program dealt with interactions like this one between F/A-18 pilots and an apparent UFO:
Elizondo doesn't think these mysterious alien crafts are necessarily benign, either.
In his resignation letter, Elizondo asked, "Why aren't we spending more time and effort on this issue? There remains a vital need to ascertain capability and intent of these phenomena for the benefit of the armed forces and the nation."
The AATIP was apparently the creation of Nevada Senator Harry Reid and his associate Robert Bigelow, whose company Bigelow Aerospace worked closely with the program. Both had a strong interest in UFOs.
According to The New York Times, Reid defended the program, saying, "Much progress has been made with the identification of several highly sensitive, unconventional aerospace-related findings."
In an interview with NYT,
"Internationally, we are the most backward country in the world on this issue. Our scientists are scared of being ostracized, and our media is scared of the stigma. China and Russia are much more open and work on this with huge organizations within their countries. Smaller countries like Belgium, France, England and South American countries like Chile are more open, too. They are proactive and willing to discuss this topic, rather than being held back by a juvenile taboo.
All we have to say is this: the truth is out there.