The UFOs that are reported over warships and by US pilots could potentially be of extra-terrestrial origin, Avril Haines, the head of US intelligence said.
Avril Haines, Director of National Intelligence which oversees all 16 US spy agencies, including the FBI and CIA, spoke at the Our Future in Space event at Washington’s National Cathedral.
Haines was questioned about UFOs, which have for years now been a major topic within the national security debate, growing in popularity with the release of recently declassified documents.
A UFO Task Force report that was released by the Pentagon this year acknowledged the existence of the unexplained UFO phenomena that had resulted in several encounters between the US military and various unidentified objects.
And although in the report, which analysed 144 observations, there was no unambiguous statement about a possible connection with aliens, she did not rule out other options, including aliens.
And she acknowledged that there are things about these strange encounters that the intelligence community just doesn’t understand, highlighting the need for more investigations.
“The main issues that concern Congress and others are flight safety and counterintelligence issues,” she said at the forum.
The question always remains: “Is there something else that we simply do not understand, that can come from outside – extra-terrestrial?” – she said.