Former Senate majority leader Harry Reid has called for the US to establish a permanent UFO program following Pentagon confirmation of the authenticity of a set of images and videos showing unidentified flying objects over Navy warships off the coast of California in 2019.
In an interview with Mysterywire.com, Reid discussed the potential origin of the mysterious flying objects, with the interviewer suggesting they may be Chinese.
‘Always remember, Russia, the former Soviet Union, is run by a man who ran the KGB. They had as many as 30,000 agents at one time, KGB agents. So, Russia’s involved in this, no question about it,’ Reid said.
He added that UFOS were ‘something that cannot be ignored’ and that President Joe Biden should be briefed on the matter.
‘I believe that there should be an ongoing entity, within the Pentagon would be the best place for it, whose sole job is to stay on top of the issue of UFOs,’ Reid said.
Former senator Harry Reid has called for the US to establish a permanent UFO program following Pentagon confirmation of the authenticity of a set of images and videos showing unidentified flying objects over Navy warships off the coast of California in 2019 [File photo]
‘Russia’s involved in this, no question about it,’ Reid told Mystery Wire in a video interview
Reid’s comments came after the leak of photos from a Pentagon investigation of UFOs by the UAP Task Force, which has been gathering evidence for a report for Congress that’s due in June, according to Mystery Wire.
The images, which were obtained by filmmaker Jeremy Corbell, show unidentified objects flying above four US destroyers, including the USS Kidd Navy destroyer, in 2019.
One of the images appears to be a pyramid-shaped object while others were thought to be drones or balloons; however, the Navy has listed them as unknowns.
In a statement, a Pentagon spokesperson told Mystery Wire: ‘I can confirm that the referenced photos and videos were taken by Navy personnel. The UAPTF has included these incidents in their ongoing examinations.’
In an interview, Reid blamed the UFOs filmed buzzing US warships on Vladimir Putin, saying there was ‘no question’ that Russia was involved [File photo]
One of the images leaked from the Pentagon report appears to be a pyramid-shaped object (pictured) hovering over the USS Russell
The confirmation came a week after Admiral Michael Gilday, the chief of naval operations, admitted that he has no idea where the swarm of mysterious Tic Tac-shaped drones that menaced four US destroyers in July 2019 originated.
Gilday led an investigation into the incident in which a group of what some have called unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) chased the destroyers for up to 100 nautical miles off the coast of California.
Flight logs revealed as many as six mystery aircraft swarmed the warships close to a sensitive training area at the Channel Islands at speeds of up to 40mph and with a greater maneuverability than US military drones.
When asked directly if the Navy had confirmed the identity of the drones at a media event last Monday, Gilday responded: ‘No, we have not.
Gilday’s response appears to rule out the theory that the drones could have come from a secret US military program. That has led to growing speculation that they were either built by a rival military power or ‘something else beyond our understanding is going on’.
Reid praised the response of the Pentagon and federal government as ‘honest’ in admitting that they don’t know what the objects are.
‘The federal government no longer, including people at the Pentagon, no longer criticize or harass or stop promotions of people who report these occurrences. In fact, they have done just the opposite in recent months, they now tell their pilots, (inaudible), to report these unusual circumstances.
The Pentagon has confirmed that images and videos showing unidentified flying objects buzzing over Navy warships off the coast of California ‘were taken’ by branch personnel
Other images show what were thought to be drones; however, the Navy has listed them as unknowns
‘And I appreciated the honesty of the Pentagon. Because when asked, what were these things, they say we don’t know. Rather than try to say they were balloons from some kind of a weather experiment. They say we don’t know. And that’s honest. That’s being honest,’ Reid said.
The Drive obtained ship logbooks and internal emails from the Navy under the Freedom of Information Act, and eyewitness descriptions from the staff on board to establish the UAVs had a far greater aeronautical capability than any previously known drones.
The sighting has eerie parallels to previous UFO encounters, in particular an infamous 2004 incident when six Super Hornet pilots made visual or instrument contact with a mystery aircraft in November 2004.
Scores of similar sightings have been reported dating back to the 1960s, but most of the US military investigations into them remain classified.
Lawmakers have been calling for the Pentagon for years to open up its classified records about the encounters, citing national security concerns.
In the most recent documented encounter in July 2019, USS destroyers on patrol were suddenly swarmed by flashing, Tic Tac-shaped drones, which were able to travel long distance at high speeds
In January, as part of a COVID-19 relief package, Congress set a deadline of June 1 for US intelligence agencies and the Defense Department to release UFOs and unidentified aerial phenomena.
Speaking to the Defense Writers Group in Washington this month, Gilday, the senior ranking Navy officer, was quizzed about his knowledge of recent UFO encounters.
‘I am aware of those sightings, and as it’s been reported, there have been other sightings by aviators in the air and by other ships not only of the United States, but other nations — and of course other elements within the US joint force,’ Gilday said.
‘Those findings have been collected and they still are being analyzed,’ he said.
A detailed account of the 2019 encounter published by The Drive shows the drama began on the night of July 14 2019.
Deck logs from the USS Kidd show that just before 10pm that night two drones were spotted.
An onboard intelligence crew responsible for documenting and investigating contact with unknown vessels – known as the Ship Nautical Or Otherwise Photographic Interpretation and Exploitation team – or SNOOPIE – was engaged to figure out who, or what, the mystery flying objects were.
A detailed account of the 2019 encounter shows the drama began on the night of July 14 2019. Deck logs from the USS Kidd (pictured) show that just before 10pm that night two drones were spotted [File photo]
Within a few minutes of the sighting, reports show the USS Kidd moved into quiet mode, minimizing communications as it sought to work what the threat level was.
It contacted a nearby warship also on patrol, the USS Rafael Peralta, who also engaged their onboard photo intelligence team, or SNOOPIE.
Several other US Navy destroyers on patrol nearby began noticing strange lights.
The USS John Finn also reported UAV activity, and noticed a ‘red flashing light’ at 10.03pm, according to its logbook.
Just over an hour later at 11.23pm, the USS Rafael Peralta spotted a white light hovering over the flight deck.
The drone was able to remain hovering above the destroyer’s helicopter landing pad while traveling at speeds of 16 knots and in low visibility.
The nearly 90-minute encounter was well beyond the capability of commercially-available drones.
The next night, the drones returned, this time as the warships were patrolling closer to the Californian mainland.
They were first spotted by the USS Rafael Peralta and the ship’s SNOOPIE team was engaged at 8.39pm.
At 8.56pm, logs show the USS Kidd had also come into contact with drones.
‘The drones seem to have pursued the ships, even as they continued to maneuver throughout the incident,’ The Drive reported.
Logbooks onboard the USS Russell show drones were swarming all over it, dipping in elevation from 1,000 to 700 feet and seemingly able to move in any direction.
The USS Russell had separate contact with drones nine occasions in less than an hour.
Then at 9.20pm that night, the USS Kidd noticed ‘multiple UAVs’ around the ship.
The USS Rafael Peralta was also swarmed by as many as four drones. It was contacted by a passing cruise ship, the Carnival Imagination, to say they too had spotted up to six drones.
The three-hour frenzy of activity continued until close to midnight, with none of the warships able to say with certainty where the drones had come from.