A former Pentagon official has revealed that he thinks alien life may have scoped out Earth. Luis Elizondo was hired to head a recently revealed government program called the Advanced Aviation Threat Identification Program, launched in 2007. Their mission? To investigate unidentified flying objects. According to the New York Times, $22 million was spent on the effort, funded in secret.
"My personal belief is that there is very compelling evidence that we may not be alone," Elizondo told CNN on Monday. He clarified that he was not speaking on behalf of the government.
The Advanced Aviation Threat Identification Program was kicked off by then-Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, a Democrat from Nevada. It was later shut down in 2012.
Elizondo explained that the program investigated objects that looked out of this world.
"These aircraft -- we'll call them aircraft -- are displaying characteristics that are not currently within the US inventory nor in any foreign inventory that we are aware of," he said.
One of those aircraft objects was a unidentified flying object spotted by Navy pilots in 2004. The US Department of Defense has released footage of the pilots’ bewilderment of the bizarre object.
“Look at that thing, dude,” a pilot said in the clip.
Retired Cmdr. David Fravor, one of those pilots, described it as a rotating "40-foot-long Tic Tac" to CNN.
Many findings of the Advanced Aviation Threat Identification Program have not yet been classified.
Reid said he is proud of the program he started.
“I’m not embarrassed or ashamed or sorry I got this thing going,” he told the New York Times. “I think it’s one of the good things I did in my congressional service. I’ve done something that no one has done before.”
Elizondo said a lot was found through the research of the program.
“We found a lot,” he said. “I think it’s probably been a little bit mischaracterized in some of the social media you see and what people put out. A lot of times, when we don’t have a lot of information, we tend to fills in those gaps with what we think is logical. And there’s still, by the way, a lot we really don’t know. I think what’s important is that we have identified some very interesting, anomalous type of aircraft.”
[Photo: US Department of Defense]