The Pentagon’s watchdog is going to investigate the military’s response to UFOs

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A still from the Navy footage of unidentified aerial phenomena.

  • The Defense Department’s inspector general is launching its own investigation into UFOs.
  • The inspector general’s evaluation is the latest inquiry into UFOs now underway in the Pentagon.
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The Defense Department’s inspector general is launching its own investigation into what the military calls “unidentified aerial phenomena” – better known as UFOs.

In an announcement Monday, the Office of Inspector General said that beginning this month, it will start evaluating “the extent to which the DoD has taken actions regarding unidentified aerial phenomena.”

A memo posted online said the IG will conduct the evaluation at the office of the secretary of Defense, military services, combatant commands, combat support agencies, Defense agencies and military criminal investigative organizations.

Randolph Stone, assistant inspector general for evaluations for space, intelligence, engineering and oversight, said in that memo that the objective may be revised as the evaluation proceeds, and that more locations to be evaluated may be identified.

The IG’s evaluation is now the latest inquiry into the potential existence of UFOs now underway in the Pentagon.

The fiscal 2021 Intelligence Authorization Act, which was passed in December as part of a massive omnibus COVID-19 relief bill, contained a provision that ordered intelligence agencies and the Defense Department to report to lawmakers what they know about unidentified aerial phenomena within six months.

The Pentagon last August also launched a Navy-led task force to track down any encounters service members may have had with aerial objects that could pose a threat to national security.

That move came a few months after the Pentagon officially acknowledged three incidents reported by Navy F/A-18 Hornet fighter pilots involving possible UFO sightings. And the Pentagon also confirmed and officially released videos of the incidents, one from November 2004 and two from January 2015, which had been leaked to the public years ago.

But contrary to what “The X-Files” taught us, the story behind military encounters with unidentified flying objects may be more mundane than extraterrestrial visits to Earth.

In April, the website The Drive published an investigation into aerial phenomena that concluded they are most likely drones or other unmanned aircraft, of varying levels of sophistication, that are spying on the US military’s capabilities.

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Capitol police officers were ordered to not use most aggressive crowd-control tactics against January 6 mob, watchdog report reveals

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Trump supporters clash with police and security forces as they storm the US Capitol in Washington, DC on January 6, 2021.

  • Capitol police were told not to use powerful crowd-control tactics during the January 6 riots.
  • “Heavier, less-lethal weapons were not used that day because of orders from leadership,” a watchdog report revealed.
  • The order was given despite an intel report detailing potential violence at the Capitol.
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Despite being tipped off of the January 6 riots, Capitol police officers were ordered not to use their most aggressive crowd-control tactics – like stun grenades – on the mob, a scathing new watchdog report revealed Tuesday.

“Heavier, less-lethal weapons were not used that day because of orders from leadership,” inspector general Michael Bolton wrote in a 104-page report reviewed by The New York Times. CNN first reported about the watchdog report on Thursday, revealing more failures on the part of law enforcement in the January 6 siege.

According to The Times report, Bolton found that the agency failed to properly prepare for and respond to the pro-Trump mob that stormed the Capitol on January 6, despite potential violence in which “Congress itself is the target.”

He wrote that leaders ordered officers in their Civil Disturbance Unit, which handles the policing of large gatherings of protestors, not to use powerful crowd-control equipment and tactics to disperse the rioters. On-duty officials from the day of the riots told Bolton that the tools could have helped “push back the rioters.”

An intelligence assessment by the Capitol police flagged potential violence from pro-Trump supporters three days before the insurrection.

“Unlike previous post-election protests, the targets of the pro-Trump supporters are not necessarily the counterprotesters as they were previously, but rather Congress itself is the target on the 6th,” the threat assessment said, citing the watchdog report.

“Stop the Steal’s propensity to attract white supremacists, militia members, and others who actively promote violence may lead to a significantly dangerous situation for law enforcement and the general public alike,” the assessment continued.

But on January 5, the Capitol police wrote a threat assessment with regards to the planned protests the next day, noting that there were “no specific known threats related to the joint session of Congress,” Bolton wrote in the report.

The watchdog report, titled “Review of the Events Surrounding the Jan. 6, 2021, Takeover of the U.S. Capitol,” will be reviewed during a congressional hearing on Thursday, The Times reported.

Five people died following the Capitol riots, including two Capitol police officers.

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