How's this for a bold statement on alien life: "My personal belief is that there is very compelling evidence that we may not be alone." It comes not from a conspiracist in a tinfoil hat but from the former Pentagon official who ran the Defense Department's no-longer-secret program to study reports of UFOs. Luis Elizondo tells CNN it was the Pentagon's failure to act on "anomalous" aircraft that "don't have any obvious flight services, any obvious forms of propulsion," and yet display "extreme maneuverability beyond … anything biological," that caused him to leave the Pentagon and its Advanced Aviation Threat Identification Program two months ago. Before the 22-year Pentagon veteran left his job for the private sector, Elizondo wrote to defense chief Jim Mattis to say the US was ignoring a potential security threat, per the Washington Post.
"Despite overwhelming evidence ... certain individuals in the [Defense] Department remain staunchly opposed to further research on what could be a tactical threat to our pilots, sailors and soldiers, and perhaps even an existential threat to our national security," Elizondo wrote in the letter. In a separate memo, he requested three videos of the unknown aircraft taken from cockpit cameras be made public. Pentagon officials have revealed little about the program other than to say it began in 2007 and ended in 2012 when funding was diverted to higher priorities. Elizondo now works in the private sector for a company called To the Stars Academy of Arts and Sciences, which the Post says "specializes in promoting UFO research for scientific and entertainment purposes."