Former director of the CIA James Woolsey says he was skeptical about aliens until a friend's aircraft was 'paused at 40,000ft'. in UFOs & Aliens Posted April 7 A former CIA director has spoken of his new 'openness' to the possibility of alien life, telling a story of an airplane that was brought to a halt at 40,000 feet, and saying he hope that mankind was 'friendly' to extraterrestrials, if they ever made contact. R. James Woolsey, who ran the CIA from 1993-1995, spoke to The Black Vault's YouTube channel on Friday. Woolsey, 79, spoke to promote his new book, Operation Dragon - in which he claims that Lee Harvey Oswald killed JFK on the orders of the Kremlin. Plane paused in mid-air by UFO?