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The U.S. Navy is drafting new guidelines for pilots and other personnel to report encounters with "unidentified aircraft," a significant new step in creating a formal process to collect and analyze the unexplained sightings — and destigmatize them.
The previously unreported move is in response to a series of sightings of unknown, highly advanced aircraft intruding on Navy strike groups and other sensitive military formations and facilities, the service says.
"There have been a number of reports of unauthorized and/or unidentified aircraft entering various military-controlled ranges and designated air space in recent years," the Navy said in a statement in response to questions from POLITICO. "For safety and security concerns, the Navy and the [U.S. Air Force] takes these reports very seriously and investigates each and every report.
"As part of this effort," it added, "the Navy is updating and formalizing the process by which reports of any such suspected incursions can be made to the cognizant authorities. A new message to the fleet that will detail the steps for reporting is in draft."
To be clear, the Navy isn’t endorsing the idea that its sailors have encountered alien spacecraft. But it is acknowledging there have been enough strange aerial sightings by credible and highly trained military personnel that they need to be recorded in the official record and studied — rather than dismissed as some kooky phenomena from the realm of science-fiction.
Chris Mellon, a former Pentagon intelligence official and ex-staffer on the Senate Intelligence Committee, said establishing a more formal means of reporting what the military now calls "unexplained aerial phenomena" — rather than "unidentified flying objects" — would be a “sea change.”
“Right now, we have situation in which UFOs and UAPs are treated as anomalies to be ignored rather than anomalies to be explored,” he said. “We have systems that exclude that information and dump it.”
For example, Mellon said “in a lot of cases [military personnel] don’t know what to do with that information — like satellite data or a radar that sees something going Mach 3. They will dump [the data] because that is not a traditional aircraft or missile.”
The development comes amid growing interest from members of Congress following revelations by POLITICO and the New York Times in late 2017 that the Pentagon established a dedicated office inside the Defense Intelligence Agency to study UAPs at the urging of several senators who secretly set aside appropriations for the effort.
That office spent some $25 million conducting a series of technical studies and evaluating numerous unexplained incursions, including one that lasted several days involving the USS Nimitz Carrier Strike Group in 2004. In that case, Navy fighter jets were outmaneuvered by unidentified aircraft that flew in ways that appeared to defy the laws of known physics.
Raytheon, a leading defense contractor, used the reports and official Defense Department video of the sightings off the coast of California to hail one of its radar systems for capturing the phenomena.
The Pentagon's UFO research office, known as the Advanced Aerospace Threat Intelligence Program, was officially wound down in 2012 when the congressional earmark ran out.
But more lawmakers are now asking questions, the Navy also reports.
"In response to requests for information from Congressional members and staff, Navy officials have provided a series of briefings by senior Naval Intelligence officials as well as aviators who reported hazards to aviation safety," the service said in its statement to POLITICO.
The Navy declined to identify who has been briefed, nor would it provide more details on the guidelines for reporting that are being drafted for the fleet. The Air Force did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Advocates for treating such sightings as a potential national security threat have long criticized military leaders for giving the phenomenon relatively little attention and for encouraging a culture in which personnel feel that speaking up about it could hurt their career.
Luis Elizondo, the former Pentagon official who ran the so-called AATIP office, complained after he retired from government service that the Pentagon's approach to these unidentified aircraft has been far too blasé.
"If you are in a busy airport and see something you are supposed to say something," Elizondo said. "With our own military members it is kind of the opposite: 'If you do see something, don't say something.'"
He added that because these mysterious aircraft "don't have a tail number or a flag — in some cases not even a tail — it's crickets. What happens in five years if it turns out these are extremely advanced Russian aircraft?"
Elizondo will be featured in an upcoming documentary series about the Pentagon UFO research he oversaw. He said the six-part series will reveal more recent sightings of UAPs by dozens of military pilots.
Both Elizondo and Mellon are involved with the To The Stars Academy of Arts and Sciences, which supports research into explaining the technical advances these reported UAPs demonstrate.
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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi maintained that impeaching President Donald Trump would be incredibly divisive for the country while speaking at the first annual TIME 100 Summit on Tuesday in New York City. But she also said it wasn’t off the table.
“The Russians had a systemic overall assault on our electoral system and what we also did see is that the President of the United States engaged in behavior that was unethical, unscrupulous and beneath the dignity of the office that he holds,” she said. “What’s surprising about it is that the Republicans seem to have an unlimited appetite for that kind of behavior. Instead of being ashamed of what that report said, they gave their blessing once again to the President.”
“[Impeachment is] one of the most divisive paths we could go down in our country, but if the path of fact-finding takes us there, we have no choice,” the California Democrat and 2019 TIME 100 honoree added a bit later. “We’re not there yet.”
On the question of whether Trump’s actions were criminal, Pelosi responded that it “remains to be seen” after Congress can see the rest of the report, sans redactions. She also reiterated previous statements that she and fellow Democrats were not interested in seeing less-redacted versions in secure rooms a few legislators at a time.
“This is about being totally free from passion, from prejudice, from politics,” she said. “It’s about the presentation of the facts. And when we have the facts, we’ll have a better idea of how we go forward.”
She also expressed disappointed in how the Trump administration has acted in the days since the report was released.
“We now see the administration engage in stonewalling of the facts,” she said in reference to the Trump administration suing the Democratic chairman of the House Oversight Committee in efforts to block a subpoena sent last week seeking information about Trump’s finances.
The Mueller report was not the only thing Pelosi talked about, however. She also discussed the issues Democrats are prioritizing in this congressional session.
Instead of letting the Mueller report solely dominate discussion over the next several months, Pelosi said Democrats are trying to lower healthcare costs by reducing prescription drug prices, raise paychecks by building infrastructure and end partisan gerrymandering.
“We really have to do the people’s business because their kitchen table concerns are our concerns,” she said.
Those goals would certainly be easier to accomplish if Democrats win the White House in 2020, but Pelosi said she hasn’t picked a favorite contender just yet.
“Whether it’s 20, 21, 22, the number [of Democratic candidates] is growing — any one of them would be a better President than the present occupant,” she said. “I think they’re all wonderful, but it’s up to the public to decide.”
President Donald Trump is expected to formally nominate Kelly Knight Craft next week to be the new United States ambassador to the United Nations, a position that has remained unfilled for months at a time of global concerns that president is not committed to such diplomatic institutions.
But Craft, the U.S. ambassador to Canada, faces a tough Senate confirmation process for the same reasons believed to have held up her nomination since Trump first tweeted his intent to pick her two months ago: There are questions about her family’s extensive business interests and her dearth of knowledge about international issues at a time when the U.S. faces numerous geopolitical challenges, including from Russia and a fast-rising China. Her husband, Joe Craft, is a billionaire coal executive with close ties to the White House.
As America’s top diplomat in Canada, Craft has an important but relatively easy diplomatic position compared to the U.N. role, which former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley held until the end of 2018. Craft’s nomination would follow Trump’s botched attempt to place former State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert in the U.N. role, an effort that stalled for two months before she withdrew from consideration. The position is almost certain to be less powerful than under Haley, given indications that Trump, a skeptic of multilateral international organizations, will take it out of the Cabinet.
Although Craft has staunch backing from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a fellow Kentuckian, suggesting she will ultimately be confirmed, Senate Democrats say they will show no mercy during the process.
New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee’s top Democrat, told POLITICO days after Craft’s tweet-nod from Trump that her upcoming confirmation hearing is sure to differ from her previous one. Craft largely sailed through that earlier hearing, though she stumbled over a question from Menendez on whether she believed Russia interfered in the 2016 presidential election, saying “that it looks as if yes,” but that she’d “have to investigate this further or learn more points on this.”
The U.N. ambassador “is one of the most senior diplomatic positions we have,” Menendez said. “She got a fairly easy pass because she was nominated to Canada. That’s not the type of pass she’ll get for this nomination.”
Democrats are sure to press Craft on Russia, China, human rights issues and climate change, Menendez said. The U.N. helps manage the global Paris climate pact, which Trump said the U.S. will withdraw from in 2020. And Craft briefly became an internet sensation in October 2017, when she told a CBC News reporter that there are “sciences … on both sides that are accurate.”
Despite her previous vetting, Craft and her husband’s financial situations will also probably face renewed scrutiny from Democrats — particularly given that the U.N.’s climate change efforts could directly impact Joe Craft’s line of work.
Kelly Craft can expect a warmer reception from several Foreign Relations committee Republicans, many of whom have received campaign contributions from her and her billionaire husband. At least half of the GOP members of the panel have gotten financial infusions from Kelly or Joe Craft since the 2012 cycle, according to Federal Election Commission records reviewed by POLITICO. The review was limited to candidates' campaign committees and leadership PACs.
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), whom the Crafts backed in the 2016 presidential race before fundraising for Trump, told POLITICO he’d support her nomination. “She’d do a good job,” he said. “I know her well.”
Canadian officials and lawmakers describe Craft as accessible and helpful in relaying messages to high-level contacts in Washington — a lengthy list that includes Trump, McConnell and Vice President Mike Pence. That built goodwill in a foreign capital otherwise simmering in anger at Trump, who is deeply unpopular in Canada in part over his hard-nosed approach to trade.
Craft was in the middle of hosting reporters for a happy hour in September at her Ottawa residence when Trump berated Canada during a news conference. Craft answered pointed questions about the president defended Canada's Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland after Trump said Freeland "hates America."
Two people familiar with the matter said Craft expects her nomination will be sent to the Senate next week, though one warned that the White House often changes course at the last minute. She plans to meet members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee soon after the nomination is submitted. The White House did not respond to a request for comment.
Craft has received regular briefings on international issues ever since Trump tweeted on Feb. 22 that she was his choice for the role, two people familiar with the issue said. The briefings have been held via secure conference lines and in-person in Ottawa, they said. Craft did make a trip to Dallas earlier this month to the Bush Center’s 2019 Forum on Leadership.
The delay in Craft’s nomination has raised feelings of déjà vu as well as worries that her nomination, like Nauert’s, could be scuttled, people familiar with the matter said. Trump initially announced Nauert as his U.N. choice on Dec. 7. But the nomination was scrapped in mid-February, ostensibly over Nauert’s previous employment of a nanny who lacked a proper work permit.
There also may be more potential financial conflicts of interest for Craft at the U.N. than for her current post, particularly given her husband’s coal industry work.
“Observers underestimate the amount of time it takes to fill out the financial disclosure forms,” a person familiar with the process told POLITICO. “Every holding must be disclosed and explained. The Office of Government Ethics comes back with multiple questions that have to be answered to their satisfaction.”
The United Nations faces any number of challenges in the coming weeks and months, including the potential for an all-out civil war in Libya that could further exacerbate the global migration crisis. Getting nominations through the Senate can take months, but Trump will probably want his new ambassador in place before world leaders gather for the annual U.N. General Assembly in September.
At the U.S. mission to the U.N., staffers have been sanguine about the recent turbulence in their leadership ranks.
Haley was well-regarded among the career staffers in the mission, who said she treated them well. Nauert’s scuttled nomination caused some internal consternation at the U.N., but a staffer told POLITICO that the acting chief, Ambassador Jonathan Cohen, is managing well despite being short-handed.
“It’s fine,” the staffer said about the overall mood. That said, Cohen's recent nomination to be U.S. ambassador to Egypt was recently submitted to the Senate, adding unease about yet another U.N. leader departing and an urgency to get Craft confirmed, two people with knowledge of the process said.
The U.S. mission to the U.N. has drawn attention this week after reports that it threatened to veto a U.N. Security Council Resolution against rape in conflict zones over objections to language referring to “sexual and reproductive health.” Some Trump administration political appointees believe that such phrases are actually coded references to abortion.
One reality U.N. staffers are preparing for is that their leader will likely no longer be considered a Cabinet-level position whenever Haley’s replacement is confirmed. That means the U.S. mission will have to coordinate more closely with the State Department. Under Haley, whom Trump included in his Cabinet, tensions flared at times between State and the U.S. mission.
There’s also the sense among staffers that Craft will have even less independence than Haley, who closely guarded her relationship with Trump, because of the presence of John Bolton as Trump’s national security adviser. Bolton previously served as the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, and he’s long been skeptical about the world body’s value and competence.
“What to watch for is less guidance from State and it’s more to what extent does John Bolton become the primary decision-maker,” another person familiar with the nomination process said.
Article originally published on POLITICO Magazine
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The climactic movie in the Avengers series is an irresistible blend of action and comedy, guaranteeing a sugar rush of delirious enjoyment of its many pleasures
The previous Avengers movie, Infinity War, stunned believers and unbelievers alike with its sheer stupendous scale, and that devastating ending in which the evil Thanos appeared to have gained victory by getting hold of all six of the Infinity Stones, causing a crumbling-to-dust of many key players: a terrible cosmic loss, irreparable, irreversible, surely?
We were of course promised wild new surprises with this colossal climactic movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, written by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely and directed by the Russo brothers, Joe and Anthony. But would these surprises be .... new ways of coming to terms with the unchangeable disaster? Unexpected coping strategies? Novel means of simply accepting the Avengers’ stunningly permanent defeat?
Or could it be … something else? Paul Rudd, who plays Ant-Man, was challenged on TV about the possibility of his character shrinking to a tiny size, flying into some convenient orifice of the evil Thanos, and then grossly enlarging himself to make the great villain go splat like Mr Creosote. Rudd declined to be drawn.
Well, I won’t disclose how things progress here,other than to say it allows the main players to revisit some of the scenes of their most spectacular franchise triumphs. And I have to admit, in all its surreal grandiosity, in all its delirious absurdity, there is a huge sugar rush of excitement to this mighty finale, finally interchanging with euphoric emotion and allowing us to say poignant farewells.
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