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Navy says UFO images released by Blink 182 singer are real and should not have been released
Tom Delonge has been speculating about aliens for years. According to Vulture, he quit Blink 182, the band he founded, years ago to "expose the truth about aliens," and he founded To The Stars Academy of Arts and Sciences "to advance society's understanding of scientific phenomena and its technological implications" — or, in simpler terms, to research UFOs and extraterrestrial life.
TTSA posted three videos of supposed UFO sightings in 2017 and 2018, describing them as three US military videos of unidentified aerial phenomenon (UAP) that [have] been through the official declassification review process of the United States government and [have] been approved for public release." The first video was titled "Gimbal," the second "FLIR1" and the third "Go Fast." According to The Black Vault, a blog which aims to "expose government secrets," a spokesman for the United States Navy said the objects are considered "unidentified aerial phenomena" by the Navy.
The Navy doesn't want you to use the term "UFO," though. "The 'Unidentified Aerial Phenomena' terminology is used because it provides the basic descriptor for the sightings/observations of unauthorized/unidentified aircraft/objects that have been observed entering/operating in the airspace of various military-controlled training ranges," Joseph Gradisher, spokesperson for the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Information Warfare, told the Black Vault.
The founder of the Black Vault told the Washington Post it was the first time the Navy publicly acknowledged the existence of the unidentified objects and admitted that they could not identify them.
"...admitting that they see things in the sky and they can't identify them, that to me is the most amazing part of this," Black Vault founder John Greenewald Jr. told the Post.
The Black Vault also reported that the videos weren't cleared for public release and the videos "should still be withheld," despite TTSA's insistence to the contrary. In the post alongside the "Go Fast" footage, TTSA even notes "While TTSA was the first to obtain a copy, it should be available to any member of the press or public via the Freedom of Information Act."
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For U.S. service members who have fought alongside the Kurds, President Donald Trump's decision to approve repositioning U.S. forces in Syria ahead of Turkey's invasion is a naked betrayal of valued allies.
"I am ashamed for the first time in my career," one unnamed special operator told Fox News Jennifer Griffin.
In a Twitter thread that went viral, Griffin wrote the soldier told her the Kurds were continuing to support the United States by guarding tens of thousands of ISIS prisoners even though Turkey had nullified an arrangement under which U.S. and Turkish troops were conducting joint patrols in northeastern Syria to allow the Kurdish People's Protection Units, or YPG, to withdraw.
"The Kurds are sticking by us," the soldier told Griffin. "No other partner I have ever dealt with would stand by us."
Defense Secretary Mark Esper has confirmed that a nightmare scenario has come to pass: Captured ISIS fighters are escaping as a result of Turkey's invasion of Kurdish-held northeast Syria.
Turkey's incursion has led to "the release of many dangerous ISIS detainees," Esper said in a statement on Monday.
Video footage of a purported "bombing of Kurd civilians" by Turkish military forces shown on ABC News appeared to be a nighttime firing of tracer rounds at a Kentucky gun range.
The U.S. military's seemingly never-ending mission supporting civil authorities along the southwestern border will last at least another year.
On Sept. 3, Defense Secretary Mark Esper approved a request from the Department of Homeland Security to provide a total of up to 5,500 troops along the border until Sept. 30, 2020, Lt. Gen. Laura Richardson, commander of U.S. Army North, said on Monday.