Sen. Harry Reid tells the government to continue studying UFOs after landmark report leaves more questions
Former Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) was behind funding for extensive research by government and military experts examining Unidentified Aerial Phenomena filmed over the years by the pilots. The full report published in June detailed 144 encounters that they still can't explain. All of the interviews with pilots, military specialists, scientists and officials ultimately lead to the conclusion that they have no idea what any of the sightings are.
Speaking to KPBS Midday Edition Tuesday, Reid said that he was disappointed in the report, though an admission that the government is just as clueless as Americans, is different.
"Harry Reid said he applauds the Pentagon for making it easier for military personnel to report sightings of unidentified aircraft and is urging Congress to press for more public disclosure of future sightings," said the report.
He implied in the interview that it's possible they wanted to bury the report since they released it on a Friday night.
"They obviously in reading the report, it was so cursory so thin," he said. "So marginalized. I am very disappointed. I would hope that people in Congress understand that that is not the way to satisfy the American people. The one thing we need to do is be transparent and this shows no transparency. We need to get to the bottom of this, continue working on. It seems to me, the more we study it, the more we don't know. And I think that's important that people understand that this is not some conspiratorial theory. This is real facts we need to get to the bottom line."
"I found very little of this new cut, but I have said, and I believe this, this can't be a one I don't we're through with it," he continued. "This has to be an ongoing program for the federal government is involved in studying these unidentified flying objects. They can no longer say they don't exist because they exist and we need to find out what they are. And the more we try to hide it, the more parent becomes at work trying to hide something from the American people. That's a long way to go."
During a "60 Minutes" special, a former Navy pilot expressed his concern that the Pentagon and military, in general, are so dismissive of pilots who report UFOs. His concern, he explained, is that there are foreign actors creating technologies unknown to the United States and that they continue to be ignored because the idea it is an unidentified flying object makes people look nuts. Reid said that the one good thing to come out of this is that the military is taking it more seriously now.
However, he explained, there are decades of reports and investigations about UFOs to uncover what they are. None of those were included in the report and Reid wants to know why sightings between 2004 and 2021 were the only things considered. Some of the videos have been examined and released to the public with little information. Reid believes that there should be ongoing study as we learn more and technology gets better.
"We've been talking about these UFO's for 70 years and we have not gotten any place other than to understand that the more we learn, the more we need to learn," he explained. "And so I am satisfied that the medical Pentagon is doing the right thing."
He said that he's "ready" to find out specifics about what these UFOs actually are.
Rep. Cori Bush's hometown newspaper humiliated after saying her protest 'won't change political reality'
Rep. Cori Bush (D-MO) slept on the Capitol steps for three days to draw attention to the lapsing eviction moratorium, but her hometown newspaper in St. Louis thought her efforts were absurd and ".
Writing in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch Tuesday, the Editorial Board wrote, "While simulating homelessness on the steps of the Capitol, Bush tweeted a demand that President Joe Biden 'extend the eviction moratorium' and that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer force legislative action. It's as if she believes those three can wave their wands and magically make things better."
The problem is that is exactly what happened. Now the Post-Dispatch editorial board is being humiliated after Biden issued an executive order stopping evictions again for another two months.
One of the biggest problems is that there are billions of dollars available for landlords and renters, but very little of it has been given to those who need it. Bush said after her victory that she's headed back to the district to help people there access the funds.
Bush says she plans to go home to St. Louis to help constituents access the emergency rental assistance following t… https://t.co/HKxxQOaUkt— Bryan Lowry (@Bryan Lowry) 1628029000.0
Either way, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch should probably hold back on counting out Cori Bush.
See the comments below:
Hey, @stltoday did you write her off because she is a Black woman? Never mind. Don’t answer. Maybe more diversity o… https://t.co/liQWKihZ5c— Jennifer Taub (@Jennifer Taub) 1628038198.0
well, the so-called "paper of record" for st louis shows its ass yet again https://t.co/VwCKFkyXNG— Leslie 🏴🚩 ooh-kaa-chew-koo (@Leslie 🏴🚩 ooh-kaa-chew-koo) 1628039265.0
Donkey of the day material https://t.co/rcuNQ8HcOb— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez) 1628039724.0
Incredible work from the St. Louis paper of record. https://t.co/kKRj1E4OpD— Waleed Shahid (@Waleed Shahid) 1628031128.0
Amazing timing from Rep Cori Bush’s hometown St. Louis paper https://t.co/ZSggpJSrVy— Drogon (@Drogon) 1628035510.0
“Cori Bush’s antics.” How demeaning, dismissive, & undignified a piece from St. Louis’s @PDEditorial board. This is… https://t.co/18OKK0Re7N— Qasim Rashid, Esq. (@Qasim Rashid, Esq.) 1628040859.0
@PDEditorial The content here is, amazingly, even worse than the timing. The Post-Dispatch editorial board thinks t… https://t.co/UoGOBqx3ZO— Andrew Hume (@Andrew Hume) 1628037959.0
@PDEditorial Seriously, how did your editorial board form an *opinion* about how well @RepCori understands federal law— Walter Thompson (@Walter Thompson) 1628032274.0
@People4Bernie @PDEditorial Yessss, 100%! Let's all put in our support for @CoriBush! She had to sleep & freeze her… https://t.co/85GwfzDZfW— Nasim Almuntaser (@Nasim Almuntaser) 1628041458.0
@DennisPerkins5 @PDEditorial Doesn't look like she's doing too bad she helped get an an extension to the eviction moratorium.— Steve Rogers 💙 The vaccine turned me into this! (@Steve Rogers 💙 The vaccine turned me into this!) 1628030633.0
@PDEditorial Narrator: They changed political reality— Irreverent Testimony (@Irreverent Testimony) 1628038377.0
Arizona Republicans discovered what the national GOP did — there's no safe way out of Trump world: columnist
Many Arizona Republicans have made it clear they want nothing to do with the audit from the Senate GOP. But as one Washington Post columnist explained, they've gone so far down the rabbit hole, and there's no real way for them to climb out anymore.
Writing Tuesday, Phil Bump cited the New Yorker's Jane Mayer, who reported that conservative groups had been working on the so-called "election audit" idea before the election was even held.
But he keyed into a "startling and important discovery" in her piece when she points to a county official nammed is Bill Gates. He's not the Microsoft Bill Gates.
"Gates says that Karen Fann, the Arizona Senate's president, confided to him that she knew there was 'nothing to' the fraud charges," Bump said, citing the Mayer report. Fann wouldn't respond to questions about the conversation. "Nevertheless, she buckled under the political pressure and authorized a subpoena of the county's ballots, for the 'forensic audit.'"
Bump said that it's entirely possible that Fann told Gates she didn't think fraud happened but wanted to "grease the wheels" for the effort.
"But it's more likely that Fann, a member of Arizona's legislature for more than a decade, actually recognized that nothing untoward happened," Bump continued. "After all, Arizona had been trending more blue since 2004, in part thanks to its evolving demographics. That the result in 2020 was close was a continuation of that trend; in fact, the shift to the left from 2016 to 2020 was smaller than the shift from 2012 to 2016. Fann herself was elected in a district that includes parts of Maricopa. One assumes she feels pretty confident about those particular results."
Even if she did believe that there was no fraud, she's got two options, he explained. Either she can keep going with the audit and election fraud claims or she can throw up her hands and make a deal that she showed her Trump loyalty.
The problem, Bump explained, is that they have all double, triple, and quadrupled down on the conspiracy. There's no real respectable off-ramp for them anymore.
"Fann, as president of the Republicans in the Arizona Senate, would have been hard-pressed to stay quiet, so she chose to play along. Again, maybe she was lying to Gates, but it's safe to assume that she wasn't. She had little political choice but to go along with the 'review,'" said Bump.
It's the same situation that Republicans are in at the national level. They've gone so far down the road with Donald Trump that there's no real way to divorce themselves from him. They've been given every opportunity to abandon him, but each time they came crawling back. Republicans know how to navigate that path, Bump explained. The path without Trump is a "minefield."
"Whenever there's a discussion of the review in Arizona, the same conclusion emerges: Everyone knows where it is headed, but no one really knows what happens then," he closed. "For the review itself, in other words, there's no off-ramp, just this big, rickety truck rumbling forward with dashboard warning lights going unheeded. The time when this could have been averted came months ago, before the vehicle started moving. But even then, Fann and other Republicans were not offered any easy choice other than to step on the accelerator."
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