THE former chief of a secret US government programme claims UFOs really do exist.
Luis Elizondo claims proof of their existence has been “proved beyond reasonable doubt” after heading a secret £16million investigation into the existence of extraterrestrial life.
Speaking to The Telegraph Elizondo said: “I think it’s pretty clear this is not us, and it’s not anyone else, so one has to ask where they’re from.
“In my opinion, if this was a court of law, we have reached the point of ‘beyond reasonable doubt’. I hate to use the term UFO but that’s what we’re looking at.”
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He said much of what he could discuss was still classified but said there had been “lots” of UFO sightings during the programme.
He was unable to comment on whether his team had examined sightings in other countries including the UK.
During the investigation geographical ‘hot spots’ emerged near nuclear facilities and power plants.
Since the revelation of the US government programme attention has been focused on footage of an unidentified object off San Diego, California, in 2004.
The Pentagon confirmed that audio and video of two US Navy pilots chasing an unidentified flying object near San Diego was investigated as part of the programme.
While not hostile in its manoeuvrability Elizondo claims the UFO sightings made onlookers conscious “something could happen.”
Luis Elizondo oversaw the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program, which ran for five years between 2007 and 2012.
Footage, released in August, claims to show a UFO rotating while maintaining a “glowing aura”.
The programme was set up by retired US Democratic Senator Harry Reid.
Most of the money for the programme went to an aerospace research company run by billionaire entrepreneur Robert Bigelow, who is currently working with NASA.
Mr Reid confirmed he set up the program, adding: “I’m not embarrassed or ashamed or sorry I got this thing going.
“I think it’s one of the good things I did in my congressional service.
I’ve done something that no one has done before.”