John Ratcliffe, former President Donald Trump’s last intelligence director, suggests aliens may be among us.
But not just the kind that cross the Rio Grande.
Rather, Ratcliffe suggests military pilots and other tools of national defense technology may have tracked visitors from outside our earthly realm.
Ratcliffe made the comment during an interview on Friday with Maria Bartiromo of Fox News. Bartiromo asked about a Pentagon report, due June 1, that would discuss what our national security sector has uncovered about unidentified flying objects.
Ratcliffe said the federal government has compiled “lots of reports” about what are termed “unidentified aerial phenomena,” as the Pentagon has been studying these incidents for several years. Last August the Defense Department created a specialized task force, to be led by the Navy, to delve deeper into the reports.
The report anticipated on June 1 was mandated in a bill Trump signed in December. Ratcliffe told Bartiromo that he wanted to release the information sooner, but the clock ran out on the Trump administration before it could be fully declassified.
Said Ratcliffe: “There are a lot more sightings than have been made public; some of those have been declassified. And when we talk about sightings, we are talking about objects that have seen by Navy or Air Force pilots, or have been picked up by satellite imagery that, frankly, engage in actions that are difficult to explain — movements that are hard to replicate that we don’t have the technology for or traveling at speeds that exceed the sound barrier without a sonic boom.”
The government, Ratcliffe added, has been assessing “quite a few” of these “difficult to explain” incidents for some time.
Ratcliffe also noted that each time one crops up, officials wonder about how to explain it. Perhaps, he said, it’s a trick of the weather or a sneaking suspicion that our enemies may have assembled technology that we’ve never seen before.
But, he said, “there are instances where we don’t have good explanations for some of the things we’ve seen.”
“There have been sightings all over the world. When we talk about sightings … it’s not just a pilot or just a satellite, or some intelligence collection. Usually, we have multiple sensors that are picking up these things, and some of these are just unexplained phenomenon, and there are actually quite a few more that have been made public,” Ratcliffe said.
“I think it’ll be healthy for as much of this information to get out there as possible so that the American people can see some of the things we’ve been dealing with.”