Former Senator Harry Reid Discusses Secret Pentagon UFO Program
In an interview with New York Magazine, former Sen. Harry Reid spoke in depth about his interest and participation in acquiring funding for the Pentagon’s black budget study of UFOs. During the interview, Reid said he knows more than he is authorized to say publicly and that the press is being lazy uncovering the truth behind the program.
Reid says he became interested in UFOs while spending time with the late John Glenn. Reid asked the astronaut and former senator if he was interested in Roswell and other instances of UFO phenomenon, to which he replied, “I’ve always had an interest in it.”
Reid says his relationship with Sen. Daniel Inouye and Sen. Ted Stevens furthered his interest in UFOs after hearing about their personal encounters with them while serving in the Air Force.
Shortly thereafter, Reid became friends with Robert Bigelow, the billionaire founder of the eponymous aerospace company that received the contract to store and study metal alloys allegedly recovered from UFOs. Bigelow was awarded the contract after he spent large sums of his own money to build facilities and study existing evidence.
For two years the program was appropriated $11 million annually, during which time significant evidence was documented. Reid said, Luis Elizondo and others involved desperately asked the government to do something about it, to which they were met with inaction. One employee even put his job in jeopardy because he “tried to do something he felt was appropriate.”
According to Reid that employee said, “I don’t know why we’re not doing anything. I’ll bet the Chinese are. I’ll bet the Russians are. I’ll bet the Japanese are. Why aren’t we doing anything?”
Reid went on to say that it’s common for Air Force pilots to see these things, though they’re often afraid to report them because they’ll be ridiculed by their colleagues.
As recently as October 2017, several F-15s were scrambled to intercept an unidentified aircraft flying alongside an airliner over Oregon. The call was made after the aircraft was found to have no transponder and wouldn’t respond to communications from ground control or the airliner. By the time the F-15s were airborne, they lost track of the craft, despite the fighter jets ability to cover the distance of the state in just a few minutes.
Reid concluded the interview saying there is more information out there that the press has yet to discover, saying it seems they prefer to be “spoon-fed” the information.
“We have hundreds and hundreds of papers, pages of papers, that have been available since this was completed,” Reid said. “Most all of it, 80 percent at least, is public.”
Reid didn’t give any clues as to where the information could be found, but urged the interviewer to read the reports, before citing another recent UFO incident in Montana near a missile base.
When asked if there was any information about the program Reid couldn’t discuss publicly, he said, “Yeah, but there’s plenty that can be discussed publicly and I’ve tried to do that,” He said,” You know at this stage in the reports, we have thousands of people who have seen this stuff. Not hundreds – thousands.”
Senior Ops Officer Aboard USS Nimitz Discusses UFO Encounter
Since the New York Times disclosed the existence of the Pentagon’s secret Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program (AATIP), which studied military encounters with UFOs, much speculation has floated regarding the program’s findings and who exactly was involved. Now, a crew member aboard the USS Princeton, involved in the 2004 Nimitz encounter with a Tic-Tac- shaped UFO, has come forward to share some of the high strangeness he’s experienced since that incident 14 years ago.
Kevin Day was a Senior Chief Operations Specialist aboard the USS Princeton in November of 2004 and is mentioned (though his surname is redacted) in the Executive Summary of the incident officially released by the Pentagon.
Day recently spoke to UFO researcher Mike Damante about his subsequent experiences in the years following the event, including a newfound psychic faculty, he claims, gave him advanced cognition, heightened intellect, and the ability to manifest things he desired in life. Day says he also began having vivid dreams of global apocalyptic events that lead to flashbacks in his waking life and severe anxiety.
Though he refrained from speaking out immediately after the incident, and even after it was publicized by the New York Times last year, Day authored a fictional story based on the changes he’s perceived in himself since the Nimitz incident, titled “The See’r.” The story, published in 2009, parallels his experiences from five years earlier when he was privy to the encounter from the USS Princeton’s Combat Information Center (CIC).
Writing his accounts as “fiction” helped him recount his experiences, leaving evidence of the UFO encounter and its high strangeness “in plain sight” as he describes it.
“Writing it as fiction provided me a way of attempting to describe the very nature of what we had encountered, to capture the weirdness of it,” Day said. “And although ‘The See’r’ is certainly fantastical, so too was the actual event. In fact, it is entirely possible the actual truth will turn out to be far, far stranger than my fictional story line.”
Perhaps the most striking part of Day’s story is that the Carrier Strike Group (CSG) in which the Princeton and Nimitz were part of, had been tracking these UFOs – or unidentified aerial phenomena (UAP) as the military refers to them – for several days before the recorded encounter by two of the group’s F/A-18 fighter jets.
Day said that in the days before the encounter he had been tracking and observing the UAPs without his colleagues seeming to notice. He waited for the rest of his crew in the CIC to comment on them, but no one would. Some chalk this up to the stigma associated with reporting such sightings when in charge of multi-billion machinery – no one wants to risk their reputation, or worse, their jobs to report what might be construed as an alien spaceship.
What bewildered Day was the fact that he was not just seeing a few anomalies, but what appeared to be an entire fleet of airborne objects operating above them. When he eventually said something, he said everyone acted as if they suddenly knew about the objects and had been observing them as well. That’s when the F/A-18s were deployed. Day’s account of the fleet of UAPs was later corroborated in an interview given by Luis Elizondo, the former director of AATIP.
After the event, Day said he has been contacted by men he can only describe as “spooks,” though he hasn’t been involved in any studies conducted by the government related to the incident. He has however, been in talks with Elizondo and Tom DeLonge, but is unable to give any more details.
We look forward to whatever else will be released because according to former Sen. Maj. Leader Harry Reid, there’s a lot more that may be “hiding in plain sight.”
Check out this episode of Beyond Belief, in which Richard Dolan discusses other strange military encounters with UFOs: