Former Democratic Senator Harry Reid has been revealed to be involved with a lot of dodgy things over his 30 years as a United States Senator. This latest revelation is the worst yet.
This disgraced politician funneled $22 million per year in taxpayer dollars to fund the UFO research. This was secretly set up 10 years ago to investigate UFOs (Unidentified Flying Objects).
At Reid’s urging, The Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program was pushed into existence.
Although there are some conflicting stories on when it began, either 2007 or 2009. We know that the program is now defunct, having ended in 2012.
Reid helped funnel the money into the program to a donor’s aerospace research company.
A spokesperson for the Pentagon attests to this information:
“The Advanced Aviation Threat Identification Program ended in the 2012 timeframe,” Pentagon spokeswoman Dana White told Politico. “It was determined that there were other, higher-priority issues that merited funding and it was in the best interest of the DoD to make a change.”
White added: “The DoD takes seriously all threats and potential threats to our people, our assets, and our mission and takes action whenever credible information is developed.”
The New York Times reports that in spite of this, they still investigate.
It is reported that the program was not classified, but it was not made known to many. Reid secured the money in 2009 with the help of the late Daniel Inouye and Ted Stevens, but former democratic senators.
Reid tells the New York Times that he does not regret this and is completely unapologetic.
“I’m not embarrassed or ashamed or sorry I got this thing going,” Reid told the newspaper. “I think it’s one of the good things I did in my congressional service. I’ve done something that no one has done before.”
Luis Elizondo resigned in October and stated that there was a major lack of interest from the top officials about the whole thing.
This information should have been more readily available to the public. This behavior by Reid is disgraceful, although not surprising.