A former CIA director has spoken of his new ‘openness’ to the possibility of alien life, telling a story of an airplane that was brought to a halt at 40,000 feet, and saying he hope that mankind was ‘friendly’ to extraterrestrials, if they ever made contact.
R. James Woolsey, who ran the CIA from 1993-1995, spoke to The Black Vault‘s YouTube channel on Friday.
Woolsey, 79, spoke to promote his new book, Operation Dragon – in which he claims that Lee Harvey Oswald killed JFK on the orders of the Kremlin.
The former intelligence chief, who served under Bill Clinton, said he had in recent years heard numerous stories of unexplained aerial phenomena.
‘There have been over the years now events of one kind of another, usually involving some kind of aircraft-like airframe,’ he begun.
R. James Woolsey, Clinton’s CIA director, spoke on Friday to the YouTube channel
Woolsey is pictured speaking in 1994 as Clinton talks to Anthony Lake, national security advisor
Woolsey said that the stories ‘always seemed pretty far-out to me.’
He continued: ‘But, there was one case in which a friend of mine was able to have his aircraft stop at 40,000 feet or so and not continue operating as a normal aircraft.
‘What was going on? I don’t know.
‘Does anybody know?’
Woolsey said that the source was ‘someone I respect’.
John Greenewald Jr, the host, pointed out that other former CIA directors have said they are open to the possibility of alien life.
In December, John Brennan, CIA director from 2013-17, told a podcast he felt it was ‘arrogant’ to believe we were alone in the universe.
‘Life is defined in many different ways,’ Brennan said during the December 16 episode of Conversations with Tyler.
‘I think it’s a bit presumptuous and arrogant for us to believe that there’s no other form of life anywhere in the entire universe.’
On March 19, Donald Trump’s director of national intelligence, John Ratcliffe, said there were far more sightings reported than were publicly known.
John Ratcliffe appeared on Fox News last month to discuss the forthcoming report
Navy pilots recorded seeing unexplained objects spinning in mid air, in the summer of 2014
‘There are a lot more sightings than have been made public,’ he told Fox News.
‘Some of those have been declassified. And when we talk about sightings, we are talking about objects that have seen by Navy or Air Force pilots, or have been picked up by satellite imagery that frankly engage in actions that are difficult to explain.
‘Movements that are hard to replicate that we don’t have the technology for. Or traveling at speeds that exceed the sound barrier without a sonic boom.’
Analysts are eagerly awaiting a forthcoming report into unexplained aerial phenomena.
The government was, in December, given a 180-day deadline to disclose what it knew, meaning that the report should be out before June 1.
The report, produced by the Pentagon and the intelligence agencies, must identify, among other things, any threats posed by unidentified aerial phenomena and whether they may be attributed to foreign adversaries.
Pictured: A photo from the Project Blue Book archive shows lights misidentified as a group of UFOs over a Coast Guard air station in Salem, Massachusetts in 1952
Woolsey said he hopes that ‘we can be friendly and able to deal with a wide range of behaviors’
‘These people have reported very curious behavior by aircraft,’ Woolsey continued.
‘And it may be something real that is an extraordinary change, for some unheralded reason.
‘Or it may be a complex set of what is going on in the world of cyber and so forth.
‘I just don’t know.
‘I am not as skeptical as I was a few years ago, to put it mildly.
‘Something is going on that is surprising to a series of intelligent, experienced pilots and we’ll just have to see what it is.’
Asked how he would define his mindset, Woolsey said: ‘Openness to new things.
‘Willingness to examine them.
‘Hope that we can be friendly and able to deal with a wide range of behaviors, in terms of dealing with our fellow human beings, or other creatures if they exist.’
‘Tic Tac’ UFO: US Navy pilot made visual contact with the object on November 14, 2004
At least six Super Hornet pilots made visual or instrument contact with the UFO on November 14, 2004.
The encounters, which are documented in numerous interviews with first-hand witnesses, remain a mystery, and the object’s incredible speed and movements have led to speculation that it was extraterrestrial in origin.
The original FLIR video from the USS Nimitz encounters leaked online as early as 2007.
Witnesses say that clips of the video had been circulated widely on the Navy’s intranet – used to communicate between ships in the carrier group – and an unknown sailor in the group likely first leaked it.
The clip became one of the most-touted pieces of evidence in the UFO community when the Pentagon confirmed its authenticity in 2017.
In January, Chad Underwood, the former Navy aviator who shot the famous leaked video clip, broke his silence in an interview with New York Magazine.
Chad Underwood, the former Navy aviator who shot the famous leaked video clip, broke his silence in an interview with New York Magazine in January
He said the oblong, wingless ‘Tic Tac’ shaped object was spotted off the coast of Mexico over the Pacific.
He also revealed that for about two weeks, the Ticonderoga-class guided missile cruiser USS Princeton, part of Carrier Strike Group 11, had been tracking mysterious aircraft intermittently on an advanced AN/SPY-1B passive radar.
The radar contacts were so inexplicable that the system was even shut down and restarted to to check for bugs – but operators continued to track the unknown aircraft.
Then on November 14, Commander David Fravor says he was flying in an F/A-18F Super Hornet when he made visual contact with the object, which seemed to dive below the water, resurface, and speed out of sight when he tried to approach it.
As Fravor landed on the deck of the Nimitz, Underwood was just gearing up to take off on his own training run.
Fravor told Underwood about the bizarre encounter, and urged Underwood to keep his eyes open.
He recalls how he suddenly saw a blip on his radar before tracking it on his FLIR camera.
Underwood was flying in an F/A-18F Super Hornet as part of the USS Nimitz (above) carrier group when he encountered an ‘unidentified aerial phenomena’
‘The thing that stood out to me the most was how erratic it was behaving,’ Underwood told the magazine.
‘And what I mean by ‘erratic’ is that its changes in altitude, air speed, and aspect were just unlike things that I’ve ever encountered before flying against other air targets.’
Underwood said the object wasn’t obeying the laws of physics and dropped from 50,000 feet altitude to 100 feet in seconds, which he says, ‘isn’t possible’. He added that he saw no signs of an engine heat plume or any sign of propulsion.
The pilot refuses to speculate as to whether the object is an alien spacecraft or not, however.
‘That’s not my job. But I saw something. And it was also seen, via eyeballs, by both my commanding officer, Dave Fravor, and the Marine Corps Hornet squadron commanding officer who was out there as well.’