Former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said he was glad he “blew the horn” on unidentified flying objects during his time in Congress.
The Office of the Director of National Intelligence and the secretary of Defense are scheduled to release a report later this month about UFO sightings.
A bipartisan provision in a coronavirus stimulus package signed into law by former President Donald Trump last year required the report.
The 81-year-old Reid, who retired from the Senate in 2017, was responsible for one of the first investigations into UFOs in 2007.
“I’m glad I blew the horn,” Reid told the Las Vegas Review-Journal. “I expect they are going to be fairly vague with what they come up with. We don’t have enough information now to be drawing conclusions.”
Reid said the report likely will increase public interest in UFOs and lead to more government research. He added the report, by the Unidentified Aerial Phenomenon Task Force, should not be “a one-shot deal.”
“The U.S. government should not stop investigations now,” Reid said in a telephone interview. “Are they a threat to national security? What’s the nature of the technology, and can the United States duplicate it?”
Sen. Mark Warner,