Harry Reid on UFO research: ‘Glad I blew the horn’
Former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) commented on a report about unidentified flying objects set to be released later this month, saying he is “glad I blew the horn” on it.
The U.S. government is set to release a report to Congress later this month about unidentified aerial phenomenon. The report, to be released by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and the secretary of Defense, was required as part of a provision included in a coronavirus stimulus package signed into law by former President Trump last year.
Two former Navy pilots explained their sightings over the Pacific Ocean to CBS News in May.
The former Senate leader, Reid, was one of the first lawmakers to call for an investigation into UFOs and is responsible for one of the first investigations into them in 2007.
“I’m glad I blew the horn,” Reid told the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
“I expect they are going to be fairly vague with what they come up with,” Reid said of the anticipated report. “We don’t have enough information now to be drawing conclusions.”
Officials briefed on the report told The New York Times that there is no evidence the UFOs are alien spacecraft, but that the 120 sightings of UFOs over the past 20 years were not U.S. aircraft or technology. The determination effectively rules out any secret government operations conducted by the American government.
There are concerns that the objects could be from Russia and China, with the possibility the countries are experimenting with hypersonic technology.
“The U.S. government should not stop investigations now,” Reid said. “Are they a threat to national security? What’s the nature of the technology, and can the United States duplicate it?”
Former President Obama commented on the subject in May, saying there are UFOs that “did not have an easily explainable pattern.
“What is true, and I’m actually being serious here, is that there are, there’s footage and records of objects in the skies, that we don’t know exactly what they are. We can’t explain how they moved, their trajectory,” Obama said. “They did not have an easily explainable pattern. And so, you know, I think that people still take seriously trying to investigate and figure out what that is.”