On the Fox special TMZ Investigates: UFOs: The Pentagon Proof, host Harvey Levin delved deeper into the recent US government study on UFO sightings, which claims that federal investigators are baffled by 144 sightings, reports Yahoo! entertainment.
Lue Elizondo, a Pentagon counterintelligence official who believes the government is in possession of “exotic material,” was one of the persons entrusted with looking into such things.
He resigned in 2017 after 22 years because he said those above him refused to present his findings to then-Secretary of Defense James Mattis.
“I was facing significant resistance informing some of the most senior levels of DOD leadership about our findings,” Elizondo said.
“And I wrote in my resignation letter what I thought the boss needed to hear, and that was that these things are real. That we have real evidence from not only trained observers but electro-optical devices, and also from radar data, and that these things were operating with impunity within controlled U.S. airspace.”
Since his resignation, Elizondo said the Pentagon threatened his security clearance which would ultimately make it harder for him to get a job in his fields of expertise.
“That’s a very clear way of saying, ‘Hey, you better mind your manners. You better shut up. Otherwise, we’re gonna shut you up,’” Elizondo said.
But as he’s continued to speak out, the Pentagon took things a step further by denying that he was ever even a part of the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program, also known as AATIP, which investigates UFOs
. A move that Elizondo says is “absolutely an attempt to smear my reputation.” And he says that the personal and professional toll has been severe, and that he now lives in the middle of nowhere.
“I don’t know if I’m gonna have a job tomorrow, to be quite honest with you,” Elizondo said. “Just for having this conversation with you.”
Source: Yahoo! entertainment