CONWAY — U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen she confirmed during her trip to North Conway Tuesday, which was "World UFO Day," that she's been briefed on unidentified flying objects.
July 2 was chosen as World UFO day because it "commemorates the supposed UFO crash in 1947," said Wikipedia, making reference to an alleged incident in Roswell, N.M.
The goal for the day was to raise awareness of UFOs and also to promote what enthusiasts call "disclosure" of the same.
Shaheen is on the Armed Services Committee of the U.S. Senate. She was not aware of World UFO Day. However, she confirmed a briefing on them.
"We have been briefed," said Shaheen. "It was a classified briefing so I'm not allowed to talk about it. But if you were to ask me personally do I believe there are UFOs, I think that there are events that have happened that have not been explained adequately."
UFOs have been in the news quite a lot in recent years. In December of 2017, The New York Times reported that former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and other senators obtained funding for a secret program to study UFOs from 2007-12.
The Times also spoke of footage taken of a UFO flying over the Pacific Ocean in 2004. The Times interviewed a former Navy airman David Fravor of Windham, who was involved in the incident.
Earlier this year, fighter pilots also were interviewed by the Times about strange encounters they say they had. The Navy recently announced it had changed its UFO reporting policies.
The History channel's television show "Unidentified," which first aired on May 31, featured an interview with Fravor that was shot in New Hampshire.
Last October, The Guardian reported that the Senate Armed Services committee was briefed on the 2004 incident described by Fravor.
ABC News' George Stephanopoulos asked President Donald Trump about UFOs in June, and Trump gave a rather cryptic answer. He confirmed that he was briefed on UFOs and didn't "particularly" believe in them.
Stephanopoulos pressed the president on whether there are extraterrestrials, but Trump demurred, saying, "I think our great pilots would know. And some of them really see things that are a little bit different than in the past. ... We’re watching, and you’ll be the first to know."