In a new interview with Las Vegas TV journalist and UFO culture-warrior George Knapp, former U.S. Senator Harry Reid (D-Nev.) made claims that Russia and China are in a race with the United States to investigate and exploit UFO technology. Knapp frames this as a revelation in an article posted to his TV station’s website, but on closer inspection, it appears that Reid was (a) remarkably incurious about what he now professes to want to see exposed and (b) not really saying anything that hasn’t already been broadcast on Ancient Aliens for everyone in the world to see.
Here is the nut of Reid’s comments, as Knapp presented them:
"I'll bet you anything that China is spending money to check this out I'll bet you anything that KGB Putin is spending some money checking this out," said former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.
This isn’t really shocking. The FBI’s and CIA’s declassified UFO files document longstanding interest in UFOs in both Russia and China (and sometimes Russian interest in Chinese UFOs), and also, at times, a healthy skepticism among U.S. intelligence agents, who often concluded that the Russian and Chinese governments have used UFO investigations as propaganda and a distraction rather than a serious subject of scientific inquiry. Beyond this, the “secret” research in Russian and China that that Reid speculates about—note that he doesn’t actually claim to have evidence—have also been broadcast on Ancient Aliens, which has devoted multiple episodes to Russian and Chinese investigations into UFOs.
Reid might be happy to receive attention for making noises about UFOs now, but he admits to being remarkably incurious during the time he was in office and could have actually done something about it. He told Knapp that he never bothered to read most of the reports generated by the Pentagon UFO investigation program he helped create, and he sent the reports to his staff to look at. Presumably, they said nothing interesting since he seemed unaware or uninterested in their contents.
Then there was this exchange in response to Reid’s comments that the government has other pieces of evidence scattered across its many programs:
Reporter George Knapp: "Do you know what those pieces are?"
He may have wanted access to rumored Pentagon secrets, but he did nothing to get access or expose whatever evidence he “heard” that the military has. Consider how extraordinary that is: The then-majority leader of the United States Senate and the man who insisted on the creation of a UFO investigation program at the Pentagon knows only of “rumors” and, despite claiming to want answers, used exactly none of the tools of his office to get them—but now claims, when safely out of office, that somebody ought to have done something.
I’m not sure what’s worse, that Harry Reid is befuddled fool who is in thrall to UFO conspiracy theories or that he is a moral coward who lacked the integrity to act on his beliefs.
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