Former senate majority leader Harry Reid has announced he believes in extraterrestrial life, maintaining the government should be doing more to research Unidentified Flying Objects (UFOs).
“The world as we know it today is extremely large. It’s so big I can’t comprehend it,” Mr Reid said in an interview with Vice.
“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. In the entire universe there is for sure more than one [species].”
The former Senator developed two Pentagon programmes designed to look for and study UFOs, unidentified aerial phenomena, and advanced propulsion technologies.
He has continuously urged that the government do more to research UFOs,
“The sad part about it is no one else has done anything,” Mr Reid said on the CYBER podcast “There’s no one doing anything and that’s too bad.”
“We learned with the work that we did that the sightings of aerial phenomenon has not been seen by a couple dozen people, not a couple hundred people. Thousands of people. Thousands of people.”
“I think that we need to fully understand this and have no boundaries on what we look for,” he added.
The retired politician urged that those in power not be afraid of the idea of exploring the chance of extraterrestrial life.
“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.”
Last week, the Pentagon released three declassified videos taken by US Navy pilots that appear to show UFOs.
The videos, which were recorded in 2004 and 2015 show unidentified objects picked up by infrared cameras, moving at pace across the sky or rotating mid-air.
Mr Reid tweeted at the time that the release “only scratches the surface of research and materials available.” Unfortunately, much about these programmes remain classified.”
Mr Reid’s views on UFOs are not widespread in mainstream US politics.
President Donald Trump has previously said he does not “particularly” believe in UFOs. Last week he remarked that the Pentagon footage was a “hell of a video” but still speculated whether or not the footage was real.