Today is May 18 and I am Dennis Michael Lynch. Below are my opinions on the stories grabbing headlines this morning. I hope you share this briefing as doing so will make you the smartest person in the room, in my opinion. And don’t forget to download the free DML App from the Google Play or Apple App Store to remain connected to me throughout the day.
1 – ‘Sightings all over the world.’ Another former federal official discusses UFOs, upcoming congressional report
USA Today reports: Another former federal official is acknowledging the possible existence of UFOs, just a couple of weeks before a government-sanctioned report on “unidentified aerial phenomena” is expected to be sent to Congress.
Luis Elizondo, former director of the defense department’s Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program, told “60 Minutes” that there are some reported sightings that don’t have explanations.
“We’re going through our due diligence. Is it some sort of new type of cruise missile technology that China has developed? Is it some sort of high-altitude balloon that’s conducting reconnaissance? Ultimately when you have exhausted all those what-ifs and you’re still left with the fact that this is in our airspace and it’s real, that’s when it becomes compelling, and that’s when it becomes problematic,” Elizondo said.
Also speaking on the same Sunday night segment, former Navy pilot David Fravor discussed a 2004 incident off the coast of Southern California where he said he and three other pilots spotted an unexplained large area of roiling whitewater surrounded by a calm sea.
“And we saw this little white Tic Tac-looking object. And it’s just kind of moving above the whitewater area,” Fravor told “60 Minutes.”
Lt. Cmdr. Alex Dietrich and Cmdr. Dave Fravor recall an “unsettling” encounter with a UFO in 2004. Dietrich says they were unarmed: “I felt the vulnerability of not having anything to defend ourselves.” https://t.co/gVMzg22PBF pic.twitter.com/kQujzCnlMa
— 60 Minutes (@60Minutes) May 17, 2021
Chris Mellon, a former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Intelligence, said the Nimitz UFO demonstrated capabilities beyond those of the most advanced U.S. aircraft. “The acceleration is far beyond anything that we’re capable of.” https://t.co/pLv3HzXmjl pic.twitter.com/c6ELUHC5wW
— 60 Minutes (@60Minutes) May 17, 2021
DML: Hello, out there!
2 – Acting Navy Secretary Tasks Team to Promote Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Breitbart reports: The Acting Secretary of the Navy Thomas Harker on Monday released a memo outlining his efforts to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in the Navy.
The memo serves as a framework for ongoing DEI efforts in the Navy. It directs the Chief Diversity Officer of the Navy, Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Manpower and Reserve Affairs) Cathy Kessmeier, to lead a Strategic Planning Team and develop an action plan to promote DEI.
“Equal opportunity is the bedrock of our democracy and diversity is one of our greatest strengths; both are critical to the readiness of our Navy and Marine Corps team and, ultimately, to our mission success,” said Harker in the memo.
“Aligned with these guiding principles, it is the policy of the Department of the Navy (DON) to continue making transformative and meaningful steps that promote diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in our policies, programs, and operations across the enterprise. This review will examine both Navy and Marine Corps policies and build on existing efforts within both services,” it said.
The memo also directs Kessmeier oversee and direct a 60-day review of contractors to identify improvements needed to “promote supplier diversity and ensure proper implementation of equal opportunity and diversity policies in contracts.”
DML: So while UFOs are out there doing things our military can’t do… we’re focused on diversity and inclusion. Got it.
3 – Biden Supports Israeli Ceasefire After Pressure from the ‘Squad’
Breitbart reports: President Joe Biden expressed his desire for an Israeli ceasefire of operations against Hamas, after a growing force of leftist Democrats criticized his support of Israel.
Biden spoke with Israeli President Benjamin Netanyahu Monday afternoon, walking back his support for Israel’s aggressive response in Palestine to Hamas rocket attacks. The Israeli military response against Hamas continued for a second week on Monday.
“The President expressed his support for a ceasefire,” the White House related in a readout of the call with Netanyahu on Monday. That was a change from Biden’s call on Saturday, in which the White House noted Biden “shared his grave concern about the intercommunal violence across Israel” but made no mention of his support for a ceasefire.
Ocasio-Cortez had tweeted regarding the strike on a media building on Saturday, “This is happening with the support of the United States. I don’t care how any spokesperson tries to spin this. The US vetoed the UN call for ceasefire. If the Biden admin can’t stand up to an ally, who can it stand up to? How can they credibly claim to stand for human rights?”
Finally!! Our delay in supporting a ceasefire has caused the slaughter of children and destruction of lives.
Now Biden has to push for an end to the occupation. https://t.co/pfgDoIfpK0
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) May 17, 2021
Rep. Rashida Tlaib accused Netanyahu of “war crimes” on Monday.
Apartheid-in-chief Netanyahu will not listen to anyone asking nicely. He commits war crimes and openly violates international law. https://t.co/KuDSbFStBv
— Rashida Tlaib (@RashidaTlaib) May 18, 2021
DML: Biden is bowing to the Squad and throwing Israel under the bus.
4 – AOC, dozens of House Dems literally oppose targeting gang members for deportation
Fox News reports: Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., led a group of her House Democratic colleagues in a letter to federal immigration officials demanding an overhaul of immigration policies and objecting to gang members in the country illegally being targeted for deportation.
Ocasio-Cortez and 34 of her Democratic colleagues sent a letter to Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) director Tae Johnson, calling on them to change immigration policies that rely on the US’s “discriminatory legal system.”
The lawmakers claim an interim enforcement memo issued by ICE “does not adequately protect the liberty interests of asylum seekers” and presumes an illegal migrant — including those convicted of aggravated felonies —to be a “border security and enforcement and removal priority.”
“The memorandum invites racial profiling by presuming that an immigrant is a public safety enforcement and removal priority if they have been convicted of an offense in which an element was “active participation” in a gang or someone older than 16 who “intentionally participated” in a gang. The first prong of this assessment appears to leave ICE in charge of deciding whether gang involvement was an “element” of a person’s conviction, a legal determination that – as with “aggravated felonies” – should not be left to an officer’s discretion or “good faith belief.”
“We are in a moment of racial reckoning in this country, with communities across the country calling for an end to mass incarceration and racist policing. It is time to end the carceral approach to immigration, which relies on these same flawed systems. Instead, we urge the Biden administration to pursue humane and just immigration policies that aim to end mass incarceration, criminalization and deportation of immigrants.”
Recently, we led 34 colleagues in calling on ICE to end the carceral approach to immigration.
We need humane and just immigration policies that aim to end mass incarceration, criminalization and deportation of immigrants. pic.twitter.com/EInq4zMNA7
— Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@RepAOC) May 17, 2021
DML: Is this woman the most dangerous person in America?
5 – 4th Grader Roasts Teacher On Wearing Masks During Classes
John, a 10-year-old fourth-grader, spoke to Martin County school board members in Florida last week, amid a push to make masks optional for the remaining days of the school year.
John gave a powerful testimony about what school has been like wearing masks, and also called out the teachers for their hypocrisy, after seeing some of the teachers go without masks.
Despite his stunning speech, the school board reportedly voted to keep the mask mandate for the last 12 days of school, until June 1. Masks will be optional for graduation ceremonies and during summer school.
DML: This needs to be in headlines everywhere!
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