Reid, who was involved in the creation of the US government’s secretive UFO program AATIP (Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program), recently sat down for an interview with Motherboard in which he discussed not only UFOs, but also the possibilities of alien life.
Suffice to say, he is a keen proponent of the idea that we are not alone in the universe.
“I look at it this way,” he said. “The world as we know it today is extremely large.”
“It’s so big I can’t comprehend it. And I think that we as human beings have to be a little short sighted if we think we’re the only species in the entire universe.”
Regarding UFOs in general, Reid has often emphasized the need for further research and investigation. When the Pentagon recently declassified three videos of US Navy pilots pursuing unidentified objects, he noted on Twitter that the footage “only scratches the surface”.
“I think that we need to fully understand this and have no boundaries on what we look for,” he said.
“And I repeat now for the second or third time that people should not be afraid. I think that too many of my legislative friends are afraid to go into this because someone will think that they’re some kind of a nutcase. But I went into it and I don’t think it hurt me politically.”
“Even some of my staff told me to stay away from all this. But I never looked back. It was something I was interested in. I thought it was something that government should be involved in.”
As things stand, it’s unclear what the future might hold, but it’s likely that Reid will continue to champion the cause by encouraging further government research and disclosure.
There is, after all, a great deal of information out there that has yet to be released to the public.