Former CIA director says he believes UFOs could exist after pal's aircraft was 'PAUSED at 40,000ft'

A FORMER CIA director says he believes UFOs could exist after his pal's aircraft was "paused at 40,000 feet."

R. James Woolsey, 79, shared his friend's story and said he hopes humanity would be friendly to aliens if they ever made contact.

Woolsey,who was CIA's director between 1993-1995, spoke to the Black Vault's YouTube channel on Friday to promote his new book Operation Dragon.

In the book, he claims that Lee Harvey Oswald is behind JFK's assassination.

But the conversation shifted from the death of the former President to the possibility of extraterrestrial life.

The former intelligence chief said he has become less sceptical as he has heard several stories of unexplained aerial phenomena over the years.

"There have been over the years now events of one kind of another, usually involving some kind of aircraft-like airframe.

"I never thought there was anything to all this, it always seemed pretty far-out to me.

"But, there was one case in which a friend of mine was able to have his aircraft stop at 40,000 feet or so and not continue operating as a normal aircraft.

"What was going on? I don't know. Does anybody know?

"There had just been enough things like that that have occured that I think there will be a lot of examination of what's going on over the course of several months or years."

Woolsey added that the source was "someone he respects".

The host of the show John Greenewald Jr, pointed out that there have been other former CIA directors who shared Woolsey's openness to the possibility of alien life.

During an interview with George Mason University, John Brennan who served as CIA's director under Trump's administration between 2013 and 2017, spoke about UFOs and called videos that had emerged "quite eyebrow-raising."

"I think it's a bit presumptuous and arrogant for us to believe there is no other form of life anywhere in the entire universe," he had said at the time.

Last month former Director of Intelligence John Ratcliffe told Fox News that there were far more sightings than the ones that have been made public.

"There are a lot more sightings than have been made public.

"Some of those have been declassified. And when we talk about sightings, we are talking about objects that have seen by Navy or Air Force pilots, or have been picked up by satellite imagery that frankly engages in actions that are difficult to explain.

"Movements that are hard to replicate that we don't have the technology for.

"Or traveling at speeds that exceed the sound barrier without a sonic boom."

He added that the Pentagon plans to release a report declassifying UFO sightings on June 1.

Last summer, the Pentagon set up a UFO task force to "detect and analyze" sightings of a mystery aircraft that "could pose security risks."

Officials approved the establishment of an Unidentified Aerial Phenomena (UAP) Task Force, which is headed by the Department of the Navy and the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence and Security.

The UAPTF was set up "to improve its understanding of, and gain insight into, the nature and origins of UAPs," a press release at the time said. 

It comes as earlier this year, a dossier of CIA files containing information about UFO sightings all over the world and top-secret information on "Unidentified Aerial Phenomena" (UAPs) was published online.

"These people have reported very curious behavior by aircraft, Woolsey continued.

"And it may be something real that is an extraordinary change, for some unheralded reason.

"Or it may be a complex set of different views of what is going on in the world of cyber and so forth. I just don't know.

"I am not as skeptical as I was a few years ago, to put it mildly.

"Something is going on that is surprising to a series of intelligent, experienced pilots and we'll just have to see what it is.

"I have been, not in the presence of but I've been in conversations with several individuals who have been close to aircrafts performing in an extraordinary fashion, that performs in a fashion that has not yet come to be something that people are comfortable with or expecting to see.

"That's how far I'd like to go, openness to new things.

"Willingness to examine them.

"Hope that we can be friendly and able to deal with a wide range of behaviors, in terms of dealing with our fellow human beings, or other creatures if they exist.

"I think we ought to be new possibilities, some new possibilities are frauds but I don't think this one is."

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