- Luis Elizondo, a former member of the Pentagon’s Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program (AATIP), says UFOs were regularly spotted in restricted U.S. airspace while he was in the program.
- Elizondo, who worked for the United States Department of Defense for 20 years, was asked to join the AATIP in 2008, eventually serving as its director for 10 years.
- More UFO news here.
Former director of the Pentagon’s Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program (AATIP), Luis “Lue” Elizondo, is, according to the New York Times, part of a group of former government officials and scientists who are “convinced that objects of undetermined origin have crashed on Earth with materials retrieved for study.”
Elizondo, who ran the clandestine U.S. government program for 10 years, also wrote in his resignation letter, “In many instances, there seems to be a direct correlation the phenomena exhibits with respect to our nuclear and military capabilities. The Department must take seriously the many accounts by the Navy and other services of unusual aerial systems interfering with military weapon platforms and displaying beyond next generation capabilities.”
Some highlights of their conversation…
Bill Whitaker: So what you are telling me is that UFOs, unidentified flying objects, are real?
Lue Elizondo: Bill, I think we’re beyond that already. The government has already stated for the record that they’re real. I’m not telling you that. The United States government is telling you that.
Lue Elizondo: The mission of AATIP was quite simple. It was to collect and analyze information involving anomalous aerial vehicles, what I guess in the vernacular you call them UFOs. We call them UAPs.
Bill Whitaker: You know how this sounds? It sounds nutty, wacky.
Lue Elizondo: Look, Bill, I’m not, I’m not telling you that, that it doesn’t sound wacky. What I’m telling you, it’s real. The question is, what is it? What are its intentions? What are its capabilities?
“Imagine a technology that can do 6-to-700 g-forces, that can fly at 13,000 miles an hour, that can evade radar and that can fly through air and water and possibly space,” Elizondo revealed. And oh, by the way, has no obvious signs of propulsion, no wings, no control surfaces and yet still can defy the natural effects of Earth’s gravity. That’s precisely what we’re seeing.”
Whitaker also spoke to former Navy pilot Lieutenant Ryan Graves about the UFOs, or Unidentified Aerial Phenomena (UAPs), of which the U.S. government has knowledge.
Bill Whitaker: So you’re seeing it both with the radar and with the infrared. And that tells you that there is something out there?
Ryan Graves: Pretty hard to spoof that.
These photographs were taken in 2019 in the same area. The Pentagon confirms these are images of objects it can’t identify. Lieutenant Graves told us pilots training off the Atlantic Coast see things like that all the time.
Ryan Graves: Every day. Every day for at least a couple years.
Bill Whitaker: Wait a minute, every day for a couple of years?
Ryan Graves: Uh-huh.
While many people want to believe these UAPs are alien spacecrafts, Graves says they are probably not, but what they are is no less worrisome.
“I am worried, frankly,” said Graves. “You know, if these were tactical jets from another country that were hangin’ out up there, it would be a massive issue. But because it looks slightly different, we’re not willing to actually look at the problem in the face. We’re happy to just ignore the fact that these are out there, watching us every day.”
Elizondo added, “We spend millions of dollars in training these pilots. And they are seeing something that they can’t explain. Furthermore, that informations being backed up on electro optical data, like gun camera footage. And by radar data. Now, to me, that’s compelling.”
Read the entire very lengthy piece, which also includes a discussion with Navy pilot Lieutenant Alex Dietrich, Top Gun graduate David Fravor, Senator Marco Rubio, and former deputy assistant secretary of defense for intelligence Chris Mellon, over at CBS News.