Former US President Barak Obama opened up about the existence of UFOs and alien life in an interview with television host James Corden on his program “The Late, Late Show” on CBS Wednesday. The comments were precipitated by Sunday’s episode of “60 Minutes,” highlighting UFO sightings by US Navy Pilots.
“When it comes to aliens, there are some things I just can’t tell you on air,” Obama said, smiling. Obama told Corden that he was eager to find out about UFOs and real alien encounters when he became President. Recently, three videos from the Navy showed “unidentified aerial phenomena.”
“Truth is that when I came into office, I was like, ‘Alright, is there a lab somewhere where we’re keeping the alien specimens and spaceships?’ And they did a little bit of research and the answer was no,” Obama explained regarding the subject.
While UFOs are often synonymous with “aliens,” the designation is not about extraterrestrials. An unidentified flying object is simply any object that can’t be classified that looks and moves as any known aircraft used by the US or any foreign country. Video released by the Pentagon last April shows United States Navy pilots reacting to unidentified flying objects in the sky.
Several of the UFO sightings reported by Navy pilots were of unusually-shaped objects that flew at high velocities, often maneuvering around in ways that baffled aeronautics experts — and with no visible means of propulsion.
Obama: UFO Footage Records Real
But that doesn’t mean we’re alone in the universe. “There is footage and record of objects in the skies that we don’t know exactly what they are,” Obama told Corden.
Three videos show UAPs and Navy personnel reacting to one of them with surprise. They made headlines after they were released to the public by the Pentagon in April 2020.
There have been numerous UFO sightings in recent years but the military has only recently verified a handful of those reported encounters.
Last month, the Pentagon confirmed the authenticity of photos and video taken by Navy personnel in 2019 that appeared to show triangle-shaped objects blinking and moving through the clouds.
Mellon Released Declassified Footage
Footage of the UFOs, or Unidentified Aerial Phenomena (UAPs) was released through Christopher Mellon, who served as deputy assistant secretary of defense for intelligence under President Bill Clinton and President George W. Bush.
In 2017, after he had left his position with the U.S. government, Mellon gave three recently declassified Navy UFO videos to the New York Times.
Mellon told 60 Minutes that he took this step because he was concerned that not enough was being done to investigate UFOs, or UAPs, as they’ve been rebranded in U.S. military parlance.
“It’s bizarre and unfortunate that someone like myself has to do something like that to get a national security issue like this on the agenda,” Mellon said on 60 Minutes.
Navy Pilots Confirm Real UFOs on Screen
One of the videos was taken in 2004 over the Pacific Ocean as fighter pilots investigated a UFO that the Navy tracked for a short period of time. Two of those pilots, Commander Dave Fravor and Lieutenant. Commander Alex Dietrich, spoke out for the first time on 60 Minutes about what they saw.
“We saw this little white Tic-Tac-looking object… and it’s just kind of moving above the whitewater area,” Fravor said.
“No predictable movement, no predictable trajectory,” Dietrich added.
The unidentified flying object was traveling so fast, radar could lock on to it for just seconds before it disappeared.
The other footage was recorded in early 2015 on the East Coast between Virginia and Florida.
Last August, the Pentagon announced that it was forming a task force to investigate UFO sightings that have been reported by the military in recent years.
“The Department of Defense established the UAPTF, Unidentified Aerial Phenomena Task Force, to improve its understanding of, and gain insight into, the nature and origins of UAPs. The mission of the task force is to detect, analyze and catalog UAPs that could potentially pose a threat to U.S. national security,” the Pentagon said in a statement.
More people are coming forward as UFOs are being taken more seriously. They are sharing their own eyewitness accounts. An Ipsos poll found that just under half of all Americans believe UFOs exist and have visited Earth.
The videos pose a national security issue, US Senator Marco Rubio, R-Fla, stated on 60 Minutes. “Anything that enters an airspace that’s not supposed to be there is a threat,” Rubio said.
Congress to Deliver Report in June
In December, Rubio asked the Pentagon and the US director of national intelligence to investigate the UAP issue and deliver an unclassified report to Congress within six months.
Next month, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and other agencies are scheduled to deliver unclassified reports on UFOs to Congress.
That requirement was tucked into the $2 trillion coronavirus stimulus bill passed by Congress and signed into law by then-President Donald Trump late last year.
That report must contain detailed analyses of UFO data and intelligence collected by the Office of Naval Intelligence, the Unidentified Aerial Phenomena Task Force and the FBI, according to the Senate intelligence committee’s directive.
The Department of Defense’s watchdog is also set to examine how the Pentagon has handled reports of UFOs in the past.