(TMU) – The intensity has been steadily growing over Unidentified Aerial Phenomena (UAPs), which are, essentially, the 21st-century version of UFOs. In recent years, surprising new reports in typically skeptical mainstream media outfits like the New York Times have carved out a fresh generation of intrigue from a once-taboo issue.
The government has all but acknowledged they are actively investigating UAPs, which suggests the phenomenon may be more than clandestine international or geopolitical military intrigue. Maybe they really don’t know what’s going on.
The website The War Zone is in the process of gathering hazard reports from the United States Air Force and the Navy. Their data, compiled from Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests, suggests that last year Navy pilots reported a surge in UAP encounters along the East Coast.
The hazard reports are dense in technical language and don’t exactly flow like Close Encounter of the Third Kind, but they do establish that “the concern regarding unknown aircraft operating in the warning areas is clearly growing more palpable.”
Renewed interest in this subject has now made its way to Capitol Hill too, as last week the Senate Intelligence Committee voted in favor of mandating U.S. intelligence agencies and the Defense Department to disclose all records related to UAPs, including any “sensitive” information.
“The Committee remains concerned that there is no unified, comprehensive process within the federal government for collecting and analyzing intelligence on unidentified aerial phenomena, despite the potential threat,” the committee stated, in a draft of its Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021, adding:
“The Committee understands that the relevant intelligence may be sensitive; nevertheless, the Committee finds that the information sharing and coordination across the Intelligence Community has been inconsistent, and this issue has lacked attention from senior leaders.”
The measure hasn’t been adopted by the full Senate yet. If and when it does, the director of national intelligence and the secretary of defense will have 180 days to put together a report.
Most UFO/UAP theorists believe the true ‘family jewels’ of classified information on extraterrestrials to be among the most closely and tightly held national security secrets.
However, slowly but surely, the contours of the mystery are coming into sharper focus. Twenty-five new hazard reports obtained by The War Zone provide more encounters of anomalies. However, these accounts are, again, dry and fairly non-specific about the actual UAPs in question.
The War Zone, as well as fellow FOIA maven John Greenwald of The Black Vault, seems to suggest that the volume and presentation of records is being distorted. Collated from the Navy’s Web-Enabled Safety System (WESS) Aviation Mishap, the Hazard Reporting System (WAMHRS), and the Air Force Safety Automated System (AFSAS), 25 reports over six years seems curiously low to some researchers.
According to The Black Vault, the reason may be that there are secret backchannel classified systems that bypass standard reporting protocols, making them invulnerable to FOIA requests.
On June 24, 2020, The Black Vault disclosed “off the record” comments by Major Malinda Singleton, a spokesperson for the Air Force who had been designated as a UAP media contact. Speaking to Susan Gough, spokesperson for the Pentagon, Singleton issued two side notes that she did not intend to be read by the public. She wrote:
“Currently the Air Force is not working any specific guidelines for reporting UAPs. **Side note and off the record – we do have reporting instructions for Unauthorized Air Vehicles/Military Installation Airspace Violation, but that is more in the C-UAS realm. That information is provided via OPREPs on SIPR.”
Singleton also wrote:
“How do we define UAPs, it (sic) would say it is similar to the definition that DoD is already using. ** Side note and off the record – most people I talked to were aware of this term, but again we don’t have the official reporting instruction for it.”
According to The War Zone, this last comment confirms the widespread knowledge of UAPs in the DoD but, more importantly, the previous comment suggests an archive of UAP information that is subject to authorization up the chain-of-command.
John Greenwald of The Black Vault writes, “The reference Singleton added ties into a theory first proposed by Australian researcher Paul Dean. That is, that UFO cases, those that are likely not just misidentified drones or balloons, are made within what is called the Operational Reporting (OPREP) system. Specifically, Dean points out OPREP-3 reports, including subcategories 9F and 9B, as being the most significant.”
Of particular import to Greenwald is that “Singleton also added in her comment that OPREP’s would be located on SIPR, or Secret Internet Protocol Router Network. SIPR is a secure system within the Department of Defense (DOD) wherein the data on it is considered classified up to SECRET. In other words, the OPREP’s stored within SIPR are all considered sensitive information and not meant to be released to the public.”
So, in a sense, we’re back to where we started. The government has acknowledged interest in UAPs and we can read some (likely redacted) reports, but the real juicy stuff is probably still classified.
The War Zone claims it is in the midst of continued investigations into this material that they believe will further illuminate UAP/UFO encounters.
In the future, the widespread use of advanced radars, like the Infrared Search and Track Systems, could help to document new UAP cases.
Dolphin Swims Through Louisiana Neighborhood in Aftermath of Hurricane Ida
A Louisiana family was shocked to find a dolphin swimming through their neighborhood in the aftermath of Hurricane Ida.
Amanda Huling and her family were assessing the damage to their neighborhood in Slidell, Louisiana, when they noticed the dolphin swimming through the inundated suburban landscape.
In video shot by Huling, the marine mammal’s dorsal fin can be seen emerging from the water.
“The dolphin was still there as of last night but I am in contact with an organization who is going to be rescuing it within the next few days if it is still there,” Huling told FOX 35.
Ida slammed into the coast of Louisiana this past weekend. The Category 4 hurricane ravaged the power grid of the region, plunging residents of New Orleans and upwards of 1 million homes and businesses in Louisiana and Mississippi into the dark for an indefinite period of time.
Officials have warned that the damage has been so extensive that it could take weeks to repair the power grid, reports Associated Press.
Also in Slidell, a 71-year-old man was attacked by an alligator over the weekend while he was in his flooded shed. The man went missing and is assumed dead, reports WDSU.
Internet users began growing weary last year about the steady stream of stories belonging to a “nature is healing” genre, as people stayed indoors and stories emerged about animals taking back their environs be it in the sea or in our suburbs.
However, these latest events are the surreal realities of a world in which extreme weather events are fast becoming the new normal – disrupting our lives in sometimes predictable, and occasionally shocking and surreal, ways.
Mom in LA Suburbs Fights Off Mountain Lion With Bare Hands, Rescues 5-Year-Old Son
A mother in Southern California is being hailed as a hero after rescuing her five-year-old son from an attacking mountain lion.
The little boy was playing outside his home in Calabasas, a city lying west of Los Angeles in the Santa Monica Mountains, when the large cat pounced on him.
The 65-pound (30 kg) mountain lion dragged the boy about 45 yards across the front lawn before the mother acted fast, running out and striking the creature with her bare hands and forcing it to free her son.
“The true hero of this story is his mom because she absolutely saved her son’s life,” California Department of Fish and Wildlife spokesman Captain Patrick Foy told Associated Press on Saturday.
“She ran out of the house and started punching and striking the mountain lion with her bare hands and got him off her son,” Foy added.
The boy sustained significant injuries to his head, neck and upper torso, but is now in stable condition at a hospital in Los Angeles, according to authorities.
The mountain lion was later located and killed by an officer with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, who found the big cat crouching in the bushes with its “ears back and hissing” at the officer shortly after he arrived at the property.
“Due to its behavior and proximity to the attack, the warden believed it was likely the attacking lion and to protect public safety shot and killed it on sight,” the wildlife department noted in its statement.
The mountain lion attack is the first such attack on a human in Los Angeles County since 1995, according to Fish and Wildlife.
The Santa Monica Mountains is a biodiverse region teeming with wildlife such as large raptors, mountain lions, bears, coyote, deer, lizards, and snakes. However, their numbers have rapidly faded in recent years, causing local wildlife authorities to find new ways to manage the region’s endemic species.
Video Shows Taliban Taking Joyride in Captured US Blackhawk Helicopter
The rapid fall of Kabul to the Taliban has resulted in a number of surreal sights – from footage of the Islamist group’s fighters exercising at a presidential gym to clips of combatants having a great time on bumper cars at the local fun park.
However, a new video of Taliban members seemingly testing their skills in the cockpit of a commandeered UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter shows the chilling extent to which U.S. wares have fallen into the hands of a group it spent trillions of dollars, and exhaustive resources, to stamp out.
In the new video, shared on Twitter, the front-line utility helicopter can be seen taxiing on the ground at Kandahar Airport in southeastern Afghanistan, moving along the tarmac. It is unclear who exactly was sitting in the cockpit, and the Black Hawk cannot be seen taking off or flying.
It is unlikely that the Taliban have any combatants who are sufficiently trained to fly a UH-60 Black Hawk.
The helicopter, which carries a $6 million price tag, is just a small part of the massive haul that fell into the militant group’s hands after the country’s central government seemingly evaporated on Aug. 14 amid the withdrawal of U.S. and coalition troops.
Some 200,000 firearms, 20,000 Humvees and hundreds of aircraft financed by Washington for the now-defunct Afghan Army are believed to be in the possession of the Taliban.
The firearms include M24 sniper rifles, M18 assault weapons, anti-tank missiles, automatic grenade launchers, rocket-propelled grenades and mortars.
Taliban fighters in the elite Badri 313 Brigade have been seen in propaganda images showing off in uniforms and wielding weaponry meant for the special forces units of the Afghan Army.
The U.S. is known to have purchased 42,000 light tactical vehicles, 9,000 medium tactical vehicles and over 22,000 Humvees between 2003 and 2016.
The White House remains unclear on how much weaponry has fallen into Taliban hands, with National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan admitting last week that the U.S. lacks a “clear picture of just how much missing $83 billion of military inventory” the group has.