April 12, 2021

Harry Reid has more thoughts on AATIP and the UAP Task Force

Last week, former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada gave an interview to Nextgov’s Brandi Vincent for the Critical Update podcast. Reid, along with some other guests, offered commentary on a wide range of UAP-related subjects, AATIP, and the report that’s expected to be produced by the UAP Task Force in the coming months. I wanted to touch on a couple of highlights from that broadcast, as they may provide some additional insight into how much we don’t know about what AATIP found and what, if anything, we can expect from the Task Force’s report.

Harry Reid is notorious for his refusal to talk about “little green men” as he describes the subject, preferring to stick to the facts and deal with verifiable reports of observed phenomena. But in answering one of Vincent’s questions, Reid went a bit further than some of the usual answers he gives reporters, while still not emptying the bag entirely. The host asked him what he thought about the information produced by the original AATIP program and if he could share any thoughts about it. The following was his answer.

These are sightings, they saw them at our missile bases. We got a lot of information. The main thing that I got from [AATIP] is that these occurrences were seen by lots of people, not just a handful. I had a few questions then. Who’s flying these amazing machines? Are they a threat to national security? It appears to me they might be. What’s the nature of the technology? Can we duplicate it? I don’t think so. Not right now. And it’s clear to me that our adversaries must be looking at this stuff also. China, Russia, we know that France is doing it. So I think that’s why we need to do it.”

Who’s flying these amazing machines? Are they a threat to national security?

Former Senator Harry Reid

That may not sound like much, but Reid has obviously been focused on the technology behind the UAP for quite a while. And he doesn’t believe that we can duplicate it. Notice that he also doesn’t say that China or Russia could do it, only that they too are observing the UAP, likely to see what technology they might glean from them. So let’s put two and two together here. Harry Reid would know as much about what AATIP discovered as nearly anyone alive today. If he doesn’t think America or any of our adversaries built those things… who does he think did? He doesn’t go that far during the interview, but we can probably hazard a guess.

As I alluded to above, the podcast host also delved into the report ordered by the Senate Select Intelligence Committee from the UAP Task Force. She seemed genuinely excited about the prospect but was disappointed when she contacted “someone” at the Pentagon about it and received a less-than-informative answer. The moment she began reading the response she received, I, along with everyone who has been covering this topic knew precisely what it was going to say and who had sent it to her. That’s because there’s only one person you’re allowed to ask questions of when seeking further details about the UAP Task Force. And that person is Susan Gough. And she copies and pastes the same answer into all of her responses.

To maintain operations security and to avoid disclosing information that may be useful to our adversaries, DOD does not discuss publicly the details of either the observations or the examination of reported incursions into our training ranges or designated airspace, including those incursions initially designated as UAP.”

I’ve gotten that answer at least a dozen times from her and so has every other reporter seeking more information. It also fits in with what we recently learned via a bombshell FOIA discovery. The Department of Defense is “managing” the responses to all UAP-related FOIA requests, if not blocking the FOIA process entirely. This is an astonishing revelation that hasn’t drawn nearly the level of mainstream media scrutiny that it deserves.

DOD does not discuss publicly the details of either the observations or the examination of reported incursions

Pentagon spokesperson Susan Gough

But how does this relate to the upcoming UAP Task Force report? To read these particular tea leaves, we can probably combine those non-answers coming from Susan Gough with the nature of the request that they received from the Senate Intelligence Committee. From the report in question, the committee said that it “finds that the information sharing and coordination across the Intelligence Community has been inconsistent, and this issue has lacked attention from senior leaders.” The request later goes into a list of items they would like to know about, all of which would involve details of data collected via various methods by the Task Force.

The request for a report allows for one unclassified section that could be made available to the public and, if needed, a classified addendum. While I hope I’m wrong, I’m expecting them to release an unclassified report that basically says that they’ve cleaned up their information sharing issues and centralized data collection under one office. As to the rest of those “details” about UAP reports, based on Gough’s standard statement, those will be in the classified section that we don’t get to see, assuming they even provide them to the Senate. (And I wouldn’t bet the ranch on that.)

As I said, I do hope I’m wrong about this. But I don’t expect seventy years of secrecy and obfuscation to simply evaporate overnight as the result of a request from a group of Senators. But it was still nice to hear from Harry Reid again and perhaps gain a bit more insight into what he thinks is going on.