Imagine you became the leader of the most powerful country in the world with access to some of the most confidential files in existence, would you not want to use that power to find out if your secret service had been in contact with aliens?
Well, that’s what Bill Clinton did after he became the 42nd president of the United States of America, serving from 1993 to 2001.
Speaking on CBS’s The Late Late Show with James Corden, the former US president revealed he once ordered an inspection of the infamous Area 51 military base in Nevada.
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Clinton said he and his chief of staff John Podesta, who according to the former president was a huge science fiction fan, made “every attempt to find out everything” about the 1947 Roswell incident, in which an alien spaceship is rumoured to have crashed in the desert of New Mexico.
He also admitted that they had “sent people” to Area 51, including his national security adviser Sandy Berger, to “make sure there were no aliens”.
The former president explained: "I said, 'We gotta find out how we're gonna deal with this because that's where we do a lot of our invisibility research, in terms of technology, like how do we fly airplanes that aren't picked up by radar and all that.”
Clinton’s inspection did not return any results pointing to the existence of aliens on the secretive military base. He said: “There's no aliens, as I know."
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However, the former president’s curiosity about aliens didn’t end there. He recalled visiting the W. M. Keck Observatory in Hawaii with his wife Hillary in 2018 where he asked scientists about "the likelihood of life in outer space”, and being told “it's very unlikely that there is not life”.
He continued: “There are lots of mysteries out there, which is why I think we should take good care of this planet.
“I think we oughta kind of hang on to it if we can. But I also think it should keep us humble. There's a lot of stuff we don’t know.”
Earlier this month, NASA announced they are officially preparing to examine and investigate UFOs in case they pose a 'security risk'.
They will specifically be concentrating on unidentified aerial phenomena (UAPs) that cannot be identified as aircraft or known natural phenomena.
The United States Congress recently held a briefing about UFOs for the first time in more than 50 years, where some footage of UAPs were shown, with one revealing a fast-moving spherical object and another displaying a green triangular entity in the sky.
This has been a common shape for many sightings over the years. It comes after a year in which US intelligence released a report detailing 144 cases of UAPs, of which only one could be explained.
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