It is time for Americans and Congress to take UFO reports seriously, according to a former Defense Department intelligence official.
"I think this is a topic the Oversight Committee should take seriously and investigate," Christopher Mellon, former deputy assistant of defense for intelligence, the third highest ranking intelligence post at the Pentagon, told CNN's "Smerconish" on Saturday morning.
Mellon was referring to the Pentagon reportedly planning to release more details about the famed UFO sighting by U.S. Navy pilots that reported a vehicle moving in a way world technology would not allow.
Contractor and Pentagon consultant Eric Davis told The New York Times that he had briefed a Defense Department agency this spring on research that showed the Navy found "off-world vehicles not made on this earth."
"What I will say about that is I think that assertion should be taken seriously," Mellon, also a host of History channel's "Unidentified: Inside America's UFO Investigation," told CNN's Michael Smerconish on Saturday.
The reports and the pending Pentagon release are making UFO reports switch from being decades-old wild theories to being "real" phenomenon now, according to Mellon.
"A good example of the sea change is the fact that none other than that Scientific American itself has published an article saying the subject ought to be taken seriously and investigated by the scientific community," Mellon told Smerconish. "I think the exchange is largely, primarily a result of the fact of that the Defense Department and the Navy themselves have stood up and publicly acknowledged that this phenomenon is real. That this is happening. That our Navy pilots are encountering these vehicles. And so that imparts a credibility that simply did not exist prior to that time."
Asked if modern technology might be the cause of the recent findings of unidentified vehicles behaving in a way this world does not yet allow, Mellon called that "too simplistic" of an explanation.
"I believe it's too simplistic, because we had information from multiple systems, infrared systems, multiple personnel in the ground and in the air, tracking these objects performing maneuvers that clearly indicate they were under intelligent control," Mellon told Smerconish. "They're responding to our aircraft. They're outmaneuvering them and doing things far beyond any capability we possess.
"So that's certainly a hypothesis to consider. We have to keep an open mind going forward."
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