US Senator who set up Pentagon’s secret UFO unit: ‘Now we have scientific evidence’

The US has “scientific evidence” of unidentified flying objects thanks to the Pentagon’s secret UFO unit, the senator who set it up has said.

Harry Reid, a retired former Democratic Senator, succeeded in launching the Advanced Aviation Threat Identification Programme (AATIP) in 2007 after requesting initial funding for the project.

The unit, which the Department of Defence (DoD) insists was terminated in 2012, produced documents that described sightings of aircraft that travelled at extremely high speeds with no visible signs of propulsion.

“If this movement took place in anything we now have available to us, it would kill everybody,” Mr Reid told Las Vegas news channel KLAS Channel 8, in reference to reported encounters with UFOs. They couldn’t withstand those g-forces. Something sitting there, ‘whoom’, down it goes.”

Previously classified footage released by the DoD showed US fighter jet pilots as they tracked an unidentified aerial object gliding above the Pacific ocean in 2004. The object had been detected appearing suddenly at 80,000 feet by the USS Princeton, a naval cruiser, which had been tracking mysterious aircraft for two weeks.

Commander David Fravor told The New York Times the object was about 40ft long, had no plumes, wings or rotors, and outpaced their F-18s. It was big enough to churn the sea 50ft below it, he said.

“I have no idea what I saw … It accelerated like nothing I’ve ever seen,” he added, admitting he was “pretty weirded out”.

Mr Reid said countries including China, Russia and Japan were already taking UFOs seriously, and that it was important the US did the same. Asked if he was glad the revelations had been made public, Mr Reid responded: “I’m very glad, because now we have scientific evidence.”

KLAS Channel 8 reported Mr Reid had told them one factor in the shutting down of AATIP was intelligence officials’ fears the findings would end up on the front page of a newspaper. He also said some officials had religious objections to the unit.

Most of the $22m (£15m) funding for the research went to an aerospace research company run by a billionaire and friend of Mr Reid’s, Robert Bigelow. Mr Bigelow has said he is “absolutely convinced” UFOs have visited Earth.

But Mr Reid denied his friend’s company was given preferential treatment. “Even though this was a secure programme, we wanted to make sure people couldn’t complain that it was some sweetheart deal. No, it was put out to bid,” he said.


Turkish university offers UFO studies

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ISTANBUL – Students will prepare for meetings with aliens and learn about galactic diplomacy, according to the schedule.

A research institute at Akdeniz University in the tourism province Antalya on the Turkish Mediterranean coast launches a study something out of the ordinary:

“UFO ology and extraterrestrial politics” is on the new schedule of the study, reports the newspaper Hürriyet Daily News .

The study aims to improve the students for contact with alien creatures.

“We believe that representatives from the world and civilization in space will soon get official contact with each other,” says Erhan Kolbaşı, the study director of Turkish Doğan.

Kolbaşı is head of a UFO research center in Turkey, established in 1998. He is also the author of the book called “Galactic Diplomacy”.

He believes that people on earth will get in touch with alien beings already “within 10 to 15 years”.

The university study will further study information and methods for investigating possible lives on other planets. So-called galactic diplomacy is also one of the themes.

Education in Turkey has raised awareness before, when President Erdogan’s government removed Darwin and the evolutionary theory from the schedule, including jihad, holy war.