Former Nevada Senator Harry Reid is calling for what may be a long-overdue congressional hearing into the subject of UFOs. Reid was one of the key players that procured funding for the recently-revealed Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program, a Pentagon study into anomalous aerial phenomenon that ran from 2007 through 2012, and since open interest in has been renewed by the release of videos of UFOs by the US Navy, now may be the time to re-address the mystery.

"Now that it’s out, why shouldn’t they do this?" Reid asks during an interview with KLAS TV investigative reporter George Knapp. The 2007-2012 study funneled official UFO reports through Bigelow Aerospace, run by UFO and paranormal enthusiast Robert Bigelow. His company has contracts with NASA to develop inflatable structures to be used as orbital habitats.

Reid points out that funding for such an inquiry shouldn’t be difficult to procure: funding for the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program was a mere $22 million over the five years of its existence — at $4.4 million per year, that’s a drop in the bucket compared to the much more lavish budgets allotted to many other defense projects.

"You take an airplane, the cost of one military airplane. The cheapest one we have. Give that money to this research. It’s more important than one airplane," explains Reid. "We have enough bombs and bullets to take care of us for a long time, but not enough to understand the future?" 

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