An explosive segment on CBS News’ “60 Minutes” included several top US military officials discussing what the US government knew about unexplained aerial phenomena (UAP), also known as UFOs.
In a recent interview, former Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe said that the results would shock people because “truthfully, there are many more reports than have been made public.”
Quotes from the “60 Minutes” section that are worth noting:
- Former US military official Lue Elizondo, who headed the US government’s investigation into UAP: “Imagine a technology that can do 600-to-700 g-forces, fly at 13,000 miles per hour, evade radar, and fly through the air, water, and possibly space.” And, by the way, it has no visible signs of propulsion, no wings, no control surfaces, and still, it will overcome the inherent forces of gravity on Earth. It is just what we are seeing.”
- On reasons for what people are seeing, Elizondo says, “In some cases, there are simple explanations for what people are seeing.” However, there are those who are not. We’re not just rushing to the conclusion there. ‘Oh, that’s a UAP out there.’ We’re carrying out our due diligence. Is this a new kind of cruise missile technology built by China? Is it some high-altitude balloon doing reconnaissance? When you’ve exhausted all the what-ifs and are only left with the fact that something is in our airspace and it’s true, that’s when it gets interesting and problematic.”
- According to Ryan Graves, a retired Navy pilot Lieutenant, the US Military meets UAPs on the East Coast “every day.” Every day for the last couple of years.”
- Graves speculates about the nature of the objects: “I would say, you know, the highest probability is it’s a threat observation program.”
- Chris Mellon, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Intelligence under Presidents Clinton and George W. Bush, and a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee said, “… these vehicles appear to have unlimited loiter time, which we don’t have.” We’re restricted in terms of altitude; it’s difficult to build anything that works well at ground level and can go 60,000 or 80,000 feet before dropping back to the deck or 20,000 feet. And, you know, it’s like a straight vertical line… in seconds. Then the acceleration is well above what we, as humans, are capable of… Nothing we could create would be sturdy enough to withstand so much force and acceleration.
The segment also included a 2004 incident in which two US Navy pilots from the USS Nimitz carrier strike group were exercising about 100 miles southwest of San Diego when they encountered a UAP that they said descended 80,000 feet in a matter of seconds. The pilots said that as they got close to the object after tracking it, it vanished due to the speed at which it could accelerate.
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