While some may not find extraterrestrial life to be all that concerning, Sen. Marco Rubio is warning Americans otherwise.
During Sunday’s 60 Minutes special, the Florida senator said the threat needs to be taken seriously, a month before the Department of Defense is set to release their report on UFO sightings by military personnel.
“Some of my colleagues are very interested in this topic and some kinda, you know, giggle when you bring it up. But I don’t think we can allow the stigma to keep us from having an answer to a very fundamental question,” said Rubio.
While acting as head of the Senate Intelligence Committee last December, Rubio called for Pentagon reports into the unidentified aerial phenomena (UAP) to be declassified. As a result, the Pentagon’s Unidentified Aerial Phenomena Task Force has until June to report its findings to Congress.
“I want us to take it seriously and have a process to take it seriously,” Rubio told 60 Minutes. “I want us to have a process to analyze the data every time it comes in. That there be a place where this is cataloged and constantly analyzed, until we get some answers.”
Meanwhile, Luis Elizondo - whistleblower who ran the Pentagon’s top-secret UFO program - has warned the soon-to-be-released report could potentially reveal the greatest US intelligence failings since 9/11. From 2007 to 2012, Elizondo spearheaded the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program, a $22 million program set up by then-Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to investigate UFO.
“Imagine a technology that can do 6-to-700 g-forces, that can fly at 13,000 miles an hour, that can evade radar and that can fly through air and water and possibly space,’ he told 60 Minutes,” Elizondo said.
“And oh, by the way, has no obvious signs of propulsion, no wings, no control surfaces and yet still can defy the natural effects of Earth’s gravity. That’s precisely what we’re seeing.”
The recent 60 Minutes special comes on the heels of a new leaked video showcasing US Naval personnel having a close encounter with a UFO. The spherical object was filmed by a camera aboard the USS Omaha in July 2019, before making a controlled descent into the ocean.