The UFO Phenomenon
UFO disclosure advocate Harry Reid has died, aged 82
December 30, 2021 | 2 comments
Reid was not afraid to speak out on the topic of UFOs. Image Credit: CC BY 2.0 Senate Democrats / Flickr
The former US Senate Majority Leader had often spoken out in favor of further UFO investigation and disclosure.
While most news outlets have focused on covering Reid's extensive political career, few have covered the area of interest about which he was perhaps most passionate - UFOs.
Reid, who was involved in the creation of the US government's secretive UFO program AATIP (Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program), had regularly advocated in favor of the investigation of the UFO phenomenon and the release of what the government knows about it.
In an interview with KNPR in 2019, for example, he talked about making it easier for pilots to report sightings.
"What we found in the past is that these pilots, when they see something strange like this, they're prone not to report it for fear that the bosses will think something's wrong with them, and they don't get the promotion," he said.
"So, many, many times they don't say a word to anybody about these strange things."
The following year, he commented on the Pentagon's release of declassified UFO videos.
"I'm glad the Pentagon is finally releasing this footage, but it only scratches the surface of research and materials available," he wrote on Twitter.
"The US needs to take a serious, scientific look at this and any potential national security implications. The American people deserve to be informed."
On the topic of UFOs in general, he said:
"I look at it this way. The world as we know it today is extremely large."
"It's so big I can't comprehend it. And I think that we as human beings have to be a little short sighted if we think we're the only species in the entire universe."
"I think that we need to fully understand this and have no boundaries on what we look for."
"And I repeat now for the second or third time that people should not be afraid. I think that too many of my legislative friends are afraid to go into this because someone will think that they're some kind of a nutcase. But I went into it and I don't think it hurt me politically."
"Even some of my staff told me to stay away from all this. But I never looked back. It was something I was interested in. I thought it was something that government should be involved in."
Reid died on Tuesday at the age of 82.
Source: USA Today
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