WASHINGTON — In the $600 billion annual Defense Department budgets, the $22 million spent on the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program was almost impossible to find.
Which was how the Pentagon wanted it.
For years, the program investigated reports of unidentified flying objects, according to Defense Department officials, interviews with program participants and records obtained by The New York Times. It was run by a military intelligence official, Luis Elizondo, on the fifth floor of the Pentagon’s C Ring, deep within the building’s maze.
The Defense Department has never before acknowledged the existence of the program, which it says it shut down in 2012. But its backers say that, while the Pentagon ended funding for the effort at that time, the program remains in existence. For the past five years, they say, officials with the program have continued to investigate episodes brought to them by service members, while also carrying out their other Defense Department duties.
The shadowy program — parts of it remain classified — began in 2007, and initially it was largely funded at the request of Harry Reid, the Nevada Democrat who was the Senate majority leader at the time and who has long had an interest in space phenomena. Most of the money went to an aerospace research company run by a billionaire entrepreneur and longtime friend of Mr. Reid’s, Robert Bigelow, who is currently working with NASA to produce expandable craft for humans to use in space.
On CBS’s “60 Minutes” in May, Mr. Bigelow said he was “absolutely convinced” that aliens exist and that U.F.O.s have visited Earth.”
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BREMERTON — Two Bremerton police officers are in the hospital with gunshot wounds after a 53-year-old man fired numerous shots at them early Sunday morning.
The officers returned fire and killed the man, according to Bremerton Police Chief Steve Strachan.
The man, who was known to police from previous incidents involving domestic violence, opened fire on the officers as they approached him while he was seated behind the wheel of an SUV because he was believed to have violated a domestic violence protective order.
Police have had previous run-ins with the man, and had blacked an officer’s eye in a recent contact, the chief said. The man was armed with two handguns and came out shooting, he said.
One officer was grazed along the waist by a bullet and is expected to be released later Sunday from Harrison Hospital, the chief said. The second suffered more serious wounds after being shot at least twice in the abdomen, but is expected to recover, Strachan said.”
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French warplanes and helicopters may be battling jihadists in the deserts of Africa and the Middle East, but the French Air Force on the whole is in a disastrous state, with 56 per cent of all its aircraft unfit to fly at any given moment, according to a senior minister.
“If I compare the current situation … of our planes with a car, it is as if I wanted to have a car every morning that works, I would have to own four cars,” Florence Parly, the armed forces minister, said during a visit to an air base in Evreux in Normandy.
She made the remark in a scathing speech about the state of the French fleet, where aircraft availability has gone from bad to worse despite a 25 per cent boost to the maintenance budget over the past five years that brought the total to €4 billion (£3.5 billion) in 2017…
…The overall figure for aircraft ready to fly is now 44 per cent, down from 55 per cent in 2000…
…But the figures for a range of other aircraft are disastrous: 22 per cent for the C-130 transport plane, 25 per cent for the Tiger attack and reconnaissance helicopter, and 26 per cent for the Lynx helicopter.”
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Argentina fired the head of its navy Saturday in the first disciplinary action after one of its submarines vanished with 44 crew members aboard last month.
The firing of Navy Admiral Marcelo Srur by Defense Minister Oscar Aguad came as authorities continue to investigate what happened to the ARA San Juan, which disappeared Nov. 15 after reporting a fire on board.
“It was decided to remove him,” a government spokesman told Reuters.
An internal navy investigation into the incident also led to the suspension of two commanders this week.”
Roberto Esquivel Cabrera, 54, from Saltillo, Mexico, has a penis measuring a whopping 18.9 inches and weighing two pounds (0.9kg).
Doctors have confirmed the penis is not a hoax and he has even had an x-ray to prove that it is real.
His colossal penis has caused him some health problems and his penis even needs its own pillow to escape discomfort during the night.
He would rather have a huge penis than have sex as his penis has too much girth to have normal intercourse.
He said: “I can never penetrate anyone because it is too thick.”
Roberto has attempted to have sex twice, but the first woman did not go for it once she had seen the size of his penis and the second had to stop as it was too painful.
But he refuses to take doctors’ advice to have the penis reduced so he can have a normal sex life.
Roberto said: “I am famous because I have the biggest penis in the world.
“I am happy with my penis, I know nobody has the size I have. I would like to be in the Guinness Book of Records but they don’t recognise this record.”
An adult entertainment company offered to pay for a reduction, but Roberto refused and says his goal is to meet the right woman – and possibly launch himself as a porn star.
He added: “I am happy with my penis and I wish to go back to the USA and spend the rest of my life over there.
“I don’t feel sad because I know in the USA there is a lot of women. One of them will be the right size for me.”
“In Latin culture whoever has the bigger penis is more macho.”
Doctors said 13ins of what he has to display is actually just skin.
Medical experts recently carried out a thorough examination of Cabrera’s penis and found he has a very large foreskin.
Doctors have claimed he has been stretching his penis with weights since he was a teenager.
Dr Gonzalez said: “He was obsessed with the penis length.
“He began with this enlargement since he was a teenager, wrapping some bands around his penis with some weights and trying to stretch it.”
Roberto has an assault charge for exposing himself to two underage girls and was deported from the US.”
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BELLEVILLE, Ill. — Scott Air Force Base officials say a commander who was ousted from his job this week is being investigated for sexual misconduct. CBS St. Louis reports Colonel John Howard was removed from his role as commander of the 375th Air Mobility Wing on Monday.
A news release from the Illinois base says details about the investigation of Howard won’t be made public while it’s happening “to ensure the integrity of the process.” The Air Force Office of Special Investigations will head the investigation.
Howard was relieved of command by a general who said he’d lost faith in his leadership. The next day, officials announced his transfer the United States Transportation Command.
But 18th Air Force spokesman Capt. Ryan DeCamp told The (Belleville) News-Democrat Wednesday that the transfer was rescinded and Howard’s status hasn’t yet been determined.
Howard declined comment to the newspaper. Scott is about 25 miles east of St. Louis.”
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Mystery has shrouded the unexplained deaths of an enormously wealthy Canadian couple, who gave away much of their fortune from a generic drug business.
The bodies of the couple, Barry and Honey Sherman, were found Friday inside their mansion in an upscale neighborhood of northern Toronto.
Aside from describing the deaths as “suspicious,” the police in Toronto offered little information. Brandon Price, a homicide detective, told reporters that investigators were not “currently seeking a suspect,” a statement he said had been made to “alleviate some of the concerns in the neighborhood.”
Emergency workers were summoned shortly before noon on Friday to the couple’s mansion in response to a 911 call, which Canadian news outlets said had been placed by a real estate agent.
The Shermans had recently listed the property for sale at nearly 7 million Canadian dollars, or about $5.4 million.”
SALE: A sex doll that looks similar to Justin Bieber is on sale. A new 160cm tall silicone doll – around 5ft 2ins – is available on a website offering hundreds of male and female models. But one which appears to be in demand is a customised doll that draws similarities with global pop star Bieber.
Although this model is not based on the star or designed to look like him by manufacturers, it appears some fans of the Canadian singer, 23, could get a date with a plastic version of their hero.”
And the lookalike doll comes after robot expert, David Levy, previously revealed how Hollywood star sex robots “as real as humans” are set to sell in huge numbers.
He said: “People will love to share the details. You can imagine people saying, ‘I’ve got a sex robot who looks like Angelina Jolie and she’s fabulous in bed.
“I think there will be a terrific demand for celebrity sex robots.
“If you’re Angelina Jolie and there’s a company manufacturing a high-quality product, and you’re getting a royalty of £1,000-2,000 for each one, you could make even more millions than you’ve got just by licensing your appearance.
“For famous people – it will be an extra revenue stream…
…And silicon sex-seekers even have a choice of either an 18cm or 22cm penis – around seven inches or almost nine inches.
The fake organ also measures 4.8cm in width – around 1.9ins – and buyers also have a choice of the 66cm, 78cm or 80cm waist.”
Adult film star Yurizan Beltran was found dead of an apparent drug overdose, according to multiple reports. (Instagram)
“The entire PornStar Platinum family is in mourning at the news of the loss of one of its family members,” said Dan Hogue, director of business development, to XBIZ.net.
PornStar Platinum star Nickey Milo told IBTimes that Beltran died of an apparent drug overdose.
“She was discovered by the owner of the house where she was living in Bellflower, Calif. There were pills found near the bed,” Milo said.
News of the 31-year-old’s death comes just days after fellow porn star August Ames committed suicide.
Ames, who was bullied on Twitter after saying she did not want to have sex with someone who had shot gay porn, committed suicide by hanging.”
CHRISTIANSBURG — A grand jury will decide whether John Darrell Willard should stand trial for eight images of child pornography captured among thousands of non-criminal images in the browser cache on the Roanoke man’s phone.
Willard, 49, has been making his way through Montgomery County’s court system since an April 11 trip to Blacksburg — a journey made to go dumpster-diving, Willard told police, according to testimony this week — spun into indecent exposure, public masturbation, drug and pornography charges.
In Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court Monday, officers recounted how Blacksburg police were called to a report of a naked man among the trees adjoining Margaret Beeks Elementary School.
Last month in a plea agreement in General District Court, Willard pleaded not guilty to charges of indecent exposure and simulated public masturbation but admitted there was enough evidence to convict him. He was found guilty and given 12 months in jail to serve and another 12-month suspended term. Charges of possessing marijuana and obstructing justice were dropped.
This week’s hearing revolved around the remaining charges: eight counts of possessing child pornography, all stemming from a police search of Willard’s cell phone.
Blacksburg Police Det. Michael Czernicki testified that Willard’s phone had been activated about three months before his arrest. Data extracted from the phone showed a pattern of Google image searches that had turned up about 6,500 or so images, he said. These images were automatically stored in a cache by the phone.”