US President Donald Trump was recently asked about a new task force at the Pentagon that is studying UFOs. Trump did not give any direct answers about the program specifically, and told reporters that he would “look into it.” He said he had heard about the program just a few days ago and needed to check on the details but then started to go off script and talk about how the United States military is the most powerful in the world. While not directly threatening military action against aliens, he was certainly suggesting that it was a situation that could be dealt with militarily.
Fox News anchor Maria Bartiromo asked Trump, “Can you explain why the Department of Defense has set up a UFO task force? Are there UFOs?”
“Well, I’m going to have to check on that. I mean, I’ve heard that. I heard that two days ago. So I’ll check on that. I’ll take a good, strong look at that,” Trump replied.
However, his following comments caught everyone off-guard.
“I will tell you this: We have now created a military the likes of which we have never had before. In terms of equipment, the—the equipment we have, the weapons we have, and hope to god we never have to use it. But have created a military the likes of which nobody has, nobody has, ever had. Russia, China, they’re all envious of what we had. All built in the USA. We’ve rebuilt it all—$2.5 trillion dollars. As far as the other question I’ll check on it, I heard about it two days ago actually,” Trump said.
Kyle Mizakomi, of Popular Mechanics, suggested in a recent article that Trump may have been threatening aliens with military force, or at the very least suggesting that the US military is equipped to handle such a threat. He did not explicitly say that the US government was prepared to go to war with aliens, but the fact that he answered a question about aliens with a response about military capabilities has left many people wondering what he meant.
The formation of this new task force is something that has been in motion for a long time, since the Pentagon released declassified videos to the public which showed government aircraft interacting with UFOs in the sky.
In a press release earlier this year confirming the authenticity of the videos, the US Department of Defense said, “DOD is releasing the videos in order to clear up any misconceptions by the public on whether or not the footage that has been circulating was real, or whether or not there is more to the videos. The aerial phenomena observed in the videos remain characterized as ‘unidentified.’”
In June, the Senate Intelligence Committee voted to investigate the phenomenon after reviewing the videos.
The footage that provoked this renewed interest in UFOs was captured in 2014 and 2015. One of the videos, taken from US Navy aircraft, seems to show the pilots chasing a UFO off the east coast of the United States. Navy pilots reported spotting the objects flying around 30,000 feet in the air at hypersonic speeds and showing no visible engines or exhaust plumes typical of any known aircraft currently on Earth.
Some of the footage can be viewed below:
The three declassified videos captured by the Navy have been dubbed “FLIR1”, “Gimbal” and “Go Fast”. They show Navy pilots tracking the unidentified aerial phenomena as well as one incident where a Navy pilot nearly collided with one of the crafts near the state of Virginia. These videos were initially released in 2018, but were not officially recognized and published by the pentagon until earlier this year.
Tsunami Warning Issued After 7.5 Magnitude Earthquake
The National Tsunami Warning Center in Palmer, Alaska, has issued tsunami warnings for a large area along the Alaska Peninsula coastline, after an earthquake near the coast.
According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the quake struck about 62 miles southeast of Sand Point at 12:54 p.m. The epicenter is roughly 575 miles southwest of Anchorage. The size of the quake was originally reported to have been a magnitude of 7.4, but has been revised to a 7.5.
Mon Oct 19 21:02:37 UTC 2020 event picture pic.twitter.com/XvUPn6bXsY
— NWS Tsunami Alerts (@NWS_NTWC) October 19, 2020
The warning extended from Kennedy Entrance, 40 miles southwest of Homer, to Unimak Pass, but the warnings do not include Cook Inlet or Anchorage. The National Tsunami Warning Center said the tsunami warning was in effect for roughly 950 miles (1,529 kilometers), from 40 miles (64 kilometers) southeast of Homer to Unimak Pass, about 80 miles (129 km) northeast of Unalaska.
Raynelle Gardner, a secretary at Sand Point School in the Aleutians East Borough School District is in the middle of the evacuation zone, and told reporters that she and the other employees are seeking higher ground.
— National Weather Service (@NWS) October 19, 2020
Paul Caruso, a geophysicist with the U.S. Geological Survey said that while they may not happen all the time, quakes are expected to happen in this area from time to time.
“This is an area where the Pacific Plate is subducting underneath the North American Plate. And because of that, the Pacific Plate actually goes underneath the North American Plate, where it melts,” Caruso told the Associated Press, adding that volcanoes add to the trouble.
“And so we commonly have large, magnitude 7 earthquakes in that area,” Caruso said.
Monday’s earthquake was an aftershock of the 7.8 earthquake that struck the same area in July, State Seismologist Michael West told Anchorage Daily News. The earthquake triggered a number of its own aftershocks shortly after, ranging from 3.5 to 5.9 magnitude. West said additional aftershocks will continue in the area for days after.
Luckily, no damage or injuries have been reported thus far.
Cop Who Showed Off Nude Photos Of Murder Victim Faces No Charges
Former Salt Lake City Police Officer Miguel Deras shared explicit photos of a 21-year-old murder victim with his friends just before she was killed by her stalker in 2018. The victim, Lauren McCluskey, was a student at the University of Utah, and she went to the police numerous times about her stalker, but they did nothing to help, which is typical in stalking cases.
Earlier this week, the Salt Lake County District Attorney’s Office announced that Deras will not be facing any criminal charges for his actions, according to the Salt Lake Tribune. Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill said that while Deras was “definitely reckless,” he technically didn’t break any laws.
“We realized there was no real statute we could use for this case. We’re incensed like everyone else by the behavior. It was inappropriate. But if there’s not a statute, there’s nothing we can do,” Gil said.
In 2018, McCluskey was shot and killed by her stalker Melvin Shawn Rowland, a 38-year-old man that she previously dated, but stopped seeing because he lied about his age and his status as a convicted sex offender. In the weeks leading up to the killing, Rowland was relentlessly harassing McCluskey, and also attempting to blackmail her with explicit photos that were shared during their brief relationship.
Miguel Deras showed Lauren's private images to officers unrelated to her case. It is a misdemeanor to share nude photos w/o consent. Deras' actions caused harm to us & to women who will now hesitate to report to police. Please let @SimGillDA know Deras should be prosecuted.
— Jill McCluskey (@jjmccluskey) October 15, 2020
McCluskey contacted campus police to report the harassment and she dealt with officer Deras. She gave Deras a copy of the communications that she had with the stalker in hopes that it would help them with their investigation, and these communications included the explicit photos that she was concerned the stalker would leak.
Instead of taking the matter seriously, Deras shared the photos with at least three of his male co-workers who were not involved in the case. An investigation by the Utah Department of Public Safety also found that Deras and his friends made lewd comments about the images.
Transcripts of 911 calls made by McCluskey before her death shows that she complained about how her case was being handled.
I have 3 questions for @SimGillDA
1. Did you read the full DPS report?
2. Are you afraid to prosecute police officers?
3. Do you understand the harm to me as Lauren's representative & to women who won't report to police because they can share private evidence w/o consequences? https://t.co/PJxobIFP2V
— Jill McCluskey (@jjmccluskey) October 15, 2020
District Attorney Sim Gill is being accused of intentionally failing to prosecute Deras because there was actually a statute that he could be charged under, but the time limitation had expired by just one day when he made his decision.
“We just got it so late and were limited in what options we had,” Gill said.
Attorney Jim McConkie, who is representing the McCluskey family, says that she went to the police to report abusive behavior, and they abused her again by sharing those photos.
“What Gill is saying to women with this decision is, ‘We can’t help you. Don’t come to us,’” McConkie said.
This is just one of many cases that is bringing prosecutorial powers into question. Similar complaints have arisen in the case of Breonna Taylor in Louisville, Kentucky, where the state’s Attorney General Daniel Cameron has been accused of going to great lengths to protect the police officers involved in the killing.
Prosecutors are essentially on the same team as the police, and the same goes with the judge as well, which represents a very serious conflict of interest.
Wisconsin Protesters Throw Rocks At Residents Homes Following Decision Not To Charge Officer For Teens Death
Protesters in Wisconsin wreaked havoc on suburban neighborhoods late Wednesday evening, smashing the windows of several homes, during the civil unrest that unfolded after prosecutors announced they would not charge a Black Wauwatosa police officer for fatally shooting a Black teenager outside a shopping mall in February.
Wauwatosa Police said they used pepper balls and deployed tear gas against after crowds failed to disperse in the suburb outside Milwaukee. Some in the crowd also tossed eggs and water bottles, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported.
Officers declared the gathering was an unlawful assembly multiple times. The department retweeted a video from Town Hall reporter Julio Rosas showing demonstrators smashing storefronts along Swan Boulevard and W. North Avenue.
Videos showed protesters throwing rocks at residents’ homes. Some in the crowd tried to tell the more violent to stop targeting residents, and someone is heard shouting: “Hey, that’s somebody’s home!”
Footage of the unlawful assembly. https://t.co/ztY963euoa
— Wauwatosa Police (WI) (@WauwatosaPD) October 8, 2020
Besides homes windows being smashed there were also reports of local businesses having their windows bashed and merchandise looted.
Some rioters in Wauwatosa, WI are now smashing windows of homes. People in the crowd tried to stop them from targeting homes. pic.twitter.com/vIiDQDPzTr
— Julio Rosas (@Julio_Rosas11) October 8, 2020
Police said they would support the National Guard and Mutual Aid to establish a protective boarder around Wauwatosa City Hall.
“What started as a protest has become a large disturbance of public order that has caused property damage, and is threatening to cause injury to persons. The Wauwatosa Police has ordered dispersal, and has not obtained compliance,” Wauwatosa Police tweeted. “While not all members of the group intend harm, everyone must disperse immediately. Police are working to disperse this group.”
Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm decided to not pursue charges against Wauwatosa Officer Joseph Mensah, who is also Black, for his involvement in the Feb. 2nd death of Alvin Cole a young black teen who was armed. It was the third fatal shooting involving Mensah, authorities said.
In a 14-page letter, Chisholm said evidence indicated Cole, 17, fled from police with a stolen 9-mm firearm, fired a shot, and ignored orders to drop his firearm. Mensah was responding to a mall after receiving reports about a suspect with a gun. The prosecutor said that Mensah had “a reasonable belief that deadly force was necessary,” NY Post reported.
“He did not surrender the weapon and was fired upon by Officer Mensah causing his death,” Chisholm wrote. He concluded: “There is sufficient evidence that Officer Mensah had an actual subjective belief that deadly force was necessary and that belief was objectively reasonable.”
Chisholm’s report also noted that Cole’s gun had a bullet in the chamber which had been fired — the one that investigators believe he shot while running, possibly striking himself in the arm. They further added an empty magazine was recovered in his sling bag, meaning the gun had no more bullets in it when he was shot. Mensah and two other officers at the scene said Cole had pointed a gun at them.
Chisholm also expressed that it was worrisome that this was Mensah’s third shooting and although Mensah had been cleared in all three of his shootings, Chisholm was concerned about his involvement in so many.
“This creates an incredible dilemma for the city of Wauwatosa and the Wauwatosa Police Department and the community,” he told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “I’ve never been cavalier about that.”… What is unique about this case is that it just creates such a liability for (shooting) number four. Everybody recognizes that.”
Mensah was not charged in the 2016 death of Jay Anderson Jr. or the 2015 death of Antonio Gonzales. Police have said Mensah shot Gonzales eight times after he refused to drop a sword. In Anderson’s case, Mensah approached a parked car where Anderson was sleeping and said he saw a gun and thought Anderson was reaching for it, so he shot him six times.
In a statement, U.S. Attorney Matthew Krueger said federal law enforcement personnel have partnered with state and local authorities to address any potential violence.
“Federal law enforcement in Wisconsin is sworn to protect First Amendment rights, which include the rights to speak and assemble ‘peacefully,'” he said. “In the past year, however, in addition to witnessing peaceful protests, some Wisconsin communities have suffered episodes of violent civil unrest.
“Federal law imposes serious penalties for arson, rioting, firearms offenses, and other violent crimes, which we will prosecute to the fullest extent possible,” the statement continued. “No one else in Wisconsin should become a victim of needless violence or face destruction of a business as a result of unrest.”
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that clean up has begun after the riots trashed the city.
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