More On: Bill Clinton
In a new interview, former President Bill Clinton said that he sent government agents to Nevada's so-called Area 51 to find out if aliens were hiding there.
Clinton went on Late Late Night with James Corden on Wednesday and said that while he was president, he and his Chief of Staff, John Podesta, "did everything we could to find out everything about Roswell." They even sent people to Area 51 to make sure there weren't any aliens there.
The ex-president said that he sent the late Sandy Burger, who was his National Security Advisor at the time, to the mysterious Nevada Air Force base. The base's history of secrecy has led to conspiracy theories about aliens, making it the center of American UFO folklore.
“I said we got to find out how we’re going to deal with this because that’s where we do a lot of our invisibility research in terms of technology, like how we fly airplanes that aren’t picked up by radar and all that,” Clinton said. “So that’s why they’re so secretive.”
“But there’s no aliens that I know [of],” he added.
The world’s leading astronomers, however, told the president a few years ago that there’s up to a 95% chance that we are not alone in the universe.
“On the other hand, Hillary and I went to Hawaii in 2018 to the big island where all the telescopes are on top of the mountain, including the Keck telescope, the largest in the world, and several countries have scientific teams there,” the 42nd President said. “So after we toured the telescope we went down and met with them.”
“I said ‘Do you guys argue about the likelihood of life in outer space?’ He said we have huge arguments,” he continued.
“He said, ‘there are those of us who think it’s 85% likely and those of us who think it’s 95% likely.’ And these are people who spend their lives doing this,” Clinton said.
“He said ‘we think, in other words, it’s very unlikely that there is not life. There are a billion, not a billion planets, but a billion solar systems.”
Clinton, 75, said the question of life beyond Earth should inspire us to take care of the planet.
“There are lots of mysteries out there which is why I think we should take care of this planet. I think we should hang onto it if we can,” he said.
“But I also think it should keep us humble. There’s a lot of stuff we don’t know.”
Usually, only fringe conspiracy theorists believe in UFOs and aliens. However, NASA just announced last week that it was sending a team of scientists to study "unidentified aerial phenomena," or UFOs, for the sake of homeland security.
"NASA thinks that the tools of scientific discovery are powerful and can be used here as well," said Thomas Zurbuchen, the associate science administrator at NASA headquarters in Washington, DC.
The research will "focus on figuring out what data are already out there" and "how NASA can use that data to help scientists learn more about UAPs."
The shocking news comes a year after the US government released an official report about UAP sightings made by mostly Navy personnel.