It has been reported on Yahoo News that Democratic U.S. presidential hopeful Dennis Kucinich had been ridiculed for having said that he had seen a UFO. That's not how some people feel about this subject. An international panel of former pilots and government officials called on the U.S. government on November 12, 2007 to reopen investigations into UFO sightings as a matter of safety and security. In a statement released at a news conference they said "Especially after the attacks of 9/11, it is no longer satisfactory to ignore radar returns ... which cannot be associated with performances of existing aircraft and helicopters." The panelists from seven countries, included former senior military officers, said they had each either seen a UFO or had participated in an official investigation into UFO phenomena.
Dennis Kucinich, a member of Congress from Ohio, claimed that he had seen a UFO himself. He said this during a televised debate with other Democratic candidates. Former presidents Ronald Reagan and Jimmy Carter both reported having seen UFOs. One of the panelists who had formerly worked for Britain's Ministry of Defense said what is echoed the statistics that are known by most people who are interested in the UFO phenomena. The panelist said that 5 percent of UFO sightings cannot be explained. The fact is that most sightings are automatically dismissed out of hand without any investigation. I think we all have to be in the state of mind of making the decision to believe our own eyes than listening to some government opinion made with closed eyes. The panel was organized by a group dedicated to winning credibility for the study of UFOs. They are urging the American government to reopen an official UFO investigation unit either run by NASA or the U.S. Air force. Former Governor of Arizona Fife Symington who had see the immense delta-shaped craft travel silently past him as he stood in a small park in Northeast Phoenix reported by hundreds during the world famous "Phoenix Lights" sighting of March 13, 1997. The Air Force investigated 12,618 UFO reports from 1947 to 1969 in what was known as Project Blue Book. At that time the governments reasoning behind closing project "Blue Book" was that they felt there was no real evidence of visitors from outer space or super technology and so there was no real threat.