Former U.S. Senator Harry Reid repeated claims in a new documentary that UFOs interfered in U.S nuclear weapons facilities – even prohibiting the weapons’ launch altogether.

In the documentary “The Phenomenon” that released Tuesday, Reid said, repeating claims told to him, “If they had been called upon by the president to launch [the nukes] they couldn’t have done it.”

Reid, who was a prominent figure in forming the Department of Defense’s secret UFO program, said there have been numerous UFO sightings by nuclear launch officers.

He did not elaborate on any additional details supporting his claims in the documentary, but said “most” UFO research “hasn’t seen the light of day.”

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“Nobody has to agree why it’s there, but shouldn’t we at least be spending some money to study this phenomenon?” he said in the documentary. “Shouldn’t we study the stuff? The answer’s yes. And that’s all this was about. And why the federal government all these years has covered up, put brake pads on everything, stopped it. I think it’s very, very bad for our country.”

Reid isn’t the first to discuss UFOs’ interference of nuclear weapons. Prominent UFO researcher Robert Hastings alleged in 2010 that at least 120 former U.S. service members had witnessed UFOs flying around nuclear weapons facilities, some of whom claimed nuclear weapons became inoperable in the presence of UFOs, CBS News reported.

Reports of UFOs interfering with U.S. military operations aren’t new. In fact, Congress has pressured the Pentagon for answers on reports of UFOs flying through military airspace. The Pentagon formed the Unidentified Aerial Phenomena Task Force in August in an effort to improve its identification and insight into UFOs, as well as their potential threat to national security.

Department of Defense spokesperson Sue Gough said in August, “The Department of Defense established the UAPTF to improve its understanding of, and gain insight into, the nature and origins of UAPs. The mission of the task force is to detect, analyze and catalog UAPs that could potentially pose a threat to U.S. national security.”

The Department of Defense and the military departments take any incursions by unauthorized aircraft into our training ranges or designated airspace very seriously and examine each report. This includes examinations of incursions that are initially reported as UAP when the observer cannot immediately identify what he or she is observing,” Gough added.

The task force’s formation comes about three months after the Pentagon released three official videos showing “unidentified aerial phenomena.” One of the videos showed a November 2004 encounter and the two others showed a January 2015 encounter with UAPs.

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