Special agents of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) have arrested 86 people in the North Texas and Oklahoma areas during 3-day operation targeting criminal aliens and immigration fugitives.
The U.S. and Mexico have agreed to put armed air marshals on flights between the two countries.
New "security upgrades" to the U.S. refugee admissions program will help
block criminals and other suspicious persons from entering the United
States from high-risk nations, U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said yesterday. Nielsen was speaking at a public event in Washington, D.C.
A man who was in the United States under the Deferred Action of
Childhood Arrivals program, and another man whose DACA protections had
expired, were arrested on suspicion of human smuggling in two separate
incidents last week in San Diego County, Calif., federal officials said yesterday. Border agents were sent to the area after a resident spotted what
appeared to be a smuggling incident, federal officials said. Further
investigation led agents to a vehicle suspected of being involved, which
they pulled over on Interstate 5 near Dairy Mart Road about 12:10 p.m. Three men were inside: the driver, a 20-year-old DACA recipient whose
status had expired, and two Mexican nationals, ages 21 and 22,
suspected of being in the country illegally.
Federal officials said the driver and his cousin, the 22-year-old
passenger, told agents they had been involved in human smuggling in the
area. The driver is currently in federal custody. The second incident happened last Thursday about 8 a.m. Border Patrol
agents in East County had just arrested two people on suspicion of being
in the country illegally when they spotted two suspicious vehicles on
Buckman Springs Road in Campo. The driver - a 22-year-old Mexican national who lived in Riverside
County as a DACA recipient - ultimately told agents that he and another
driver were scouting the area to aid a group of smugglers, federal
The agents also learned the man had committed other acts of human smuggling.
And U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)'s Homeland Security
Investigations (HSI) Special Agent Eduardo Escobar, along with other
personnel from HSI Colombia, were featured in the third part of the
documentary series Chain of Command
which aired on Jan. 19th on the National
Geographic Channel.U.S. Air Force
An Air Force non-commissioned officer is under investigation for blasting
lower-ranking "black females" at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., in a
rant, officials said yesterday. Officials at
the Las Vegas base said Tech. Sgt. Geraldine Lovely was "removed from
her supervisory role" after viral footage of a racially insensitive
tirade surfaced over the weekend. "It pisses me the f--k off that
they have no respect and constantly have an attitude," Lovely can be
heard saying in the since-deleted video. "What the f--k is up with
that?" Lovely, wearing an Air Force uniform in the video,
apparently took exception to subordinates refusing to acknowledge her as "ma’am."
The U.S. Air Force finally is ready to welcome its second female F-35 pilot, now that enough aircraft have been up- graded with a new ejection seat.
Exercise Sentry Aloha 18-1 has come to a successful end at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii.
For the first time in the unit's history, the Heritage Flight will
perform an aircraft flyover consisting of two A-10C Thunderbolt IIs,
an F-16 Fighting Falcon and a P-51 Mustang, over the U.S. Bank Stadium in
Minneapolis, Minn., during the Super Bowl's opening ceremonies.
It's official: The U.S. Air Force will buy new wings for its aging
A-10 Warthogs that risked a one way trip to the boneyard. The Air Force
has made clear its intention to keep the A-10 flying after concerns
surfaced that the service was taking advantage of the issue to get rid
of the iconic close air support plane.
U.S. Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson assured
South Korea today of an extended deterrence commitment during a
meeting with a top defense official in Seoul.
U.S. Air Force Gen. John Hyten, the commander of the U.S. Strategic Command (STRATCOM), and U.S. Air Force
Chief Master Sgt. Patrick McMahon, the senior
enlisted leader of STRATCOM, and other senior enlisted leaders,
have mentored participants of the inaugural NCO/PO Development Seminar.
John Gibson has been confirmed as the DOD's chief management officer. Gibson is the deputy chief
management officer at the department. He previously was president and
CEO of XCOR Aerospace, a company that develops rocket engines and other
aerospace technologies. He was the assistant secretary of the Air Force for
financial management, as well as deputy undersecretary of Defense for
management reform. Also confirmed: Thomas Ayres as general counsel, Department of the Air Force. Ayres
most recently was the deputy judge advocate general for the Army. He is a
retired major general who also served as commander of the Army Legal
Services Agency, chief judge of the U.S. Army Court of Criminal Appeals,
and commander and commandant of the judge advocate general’s legal
center and school; And James Stewart as assistant secretary for manpower and reserve affairs.
Stewart served as the chairman of the North Carolina Military Affairs
Commission’s economic development committee. He is a retired Air Force
Reserve major general who most recently was the military executive of
the secretary of defense’s Reserve Forces Policy Board.
Colonel Duke Pirak calls the 142nd Fighter Wing "Oregon's Air Force,"
because most of the personnel that work on it - and its 22 F-15
fighters - are from Oregon and Southwest Washington. The fleet is
stationed at Portland Air National Guard Base.
The Civil Air Patrol New York Wing's Broome-Tioga Composite Squadron will host an
open house on Thursday at the Greater Binghamton Airport. Members of the
public are invited to the event, which begins at 7 p.m. in the airport
at 2534 Airport Road in Johnson City. Last
September then-Cadet Major Tasha McKkelvey acknowledged she was trying
for the highest honor for young members of Civil Air Patrol - cadet
accomplished that goal with a flurry of honors in December and January,
capping off this month by earning the rank of cadet colonel and the
Spaatz award. McKelvey, 21, is the first woman in the state and the sixth
cadet within the CAP's Wyoming Wing to receive the capstone cadet honor. "That’s
a person who knows what she wants to do," said Capt. Jerry Cowles,
the Yellowstone Civil Air Patrol squadron's commander. "She is a very special person.
You can inspire her, but it takes her own will to get things going." An official awards presentation is planned for April, but she is already able to wear the ribbons denoting the rank. She was doubtful she’d actually have the chance to wear them. "I
was not very confident," she said. "So many people have been in the CAP
program – there are 20,000 at any given time – and I was the 2,147th to
get it." McKelvey
lives in Deaver with her mother, Deb McKelvey, and her brother, Cadet Airman First
Class Rui Parker. She has studied ag business and science, but plans to
get her bachelor’s in criminal psychology at Northwest College. Her goal
is to go into the FBI and, one day, maybe be a senator. Cowles said she passed the test to earn the Spaatz award on the first try a rarity. "Most people have to go back and retry parts a few times," she said. McKelvey
didn’t have that option. Cadets only have until age 21 to earn the rank,
and her birthday was Jan. 22nd – eight days after she submitted her test.
Cadets can only take the test once every three months. The
award is named in honor of the first chief of staff of the United
States Air Force and later, the first chairman of the CAP's National
Board, General Carl A. "Tooey" Spaatz. Since 1964, fewer than one percent of all CAP cadets have earned the award. McKelvey received the second-highest rank of cadet lieutenant colonel in December.
The Indiana State Police said George P. Irick, Jr., 68, of Congerville,
Illinois, died on Saturday in a plane crash in Warren County near West Lebanon,
said they found the plane about 10:15 a.m., EST, on Sunday near Warren
County Road 575 South and Indiana Route 263. The plane was reported as
missing on Saturday night. State troopers,
Warren County sheriff’s deputies, members of the West Lebanon Fire
Department and local volunteers searched the area for about six hours
onSaturday night. Due to the rugged terrain of trees, ravines and fences
the search was called off until 8 a.m., EST, on Sunday. Police, fire and volunteers met on Sunday morning at the West Lebanon
Fire Department to receive search information and resumed the search. An
Indiana State Police helicopter arrived on the scene and after about 20
minutes and located the downed plane, police said. Search
and rescue was guided into the location by the helicopter and arrived
at the scene to find the pilot deceased. The pilot was the lone
occupant. Departments that assisted were the Warren County Sheriff’s
Department, the West Lebanon Fire Department, the Civil Air Patrol, Warren
County EMS, the American Red Cross and the Warren County Coroner’s Office.U.S. military reviewing its rules after fitness trackers exposed sensitive data
The U.S. military said today that it is reviewing its guidelines for
the use of wireless devices at military facilities after revelations
that popular fitness apps can be used to expose the locations and
identities of individuals working in the armed forces.The FBI
FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe - who's been under harsh scrutiny from
President Trump for months - submitted his resignation yesterday after his
superior proposed to demote him, according to a report. McCabe had been
expected to leave the bureau for weeks.
January marks National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month,
but a recent case in Wisconsin illustrates how the FBI works with its
partners year-round to get dangerous traffickers off the streets and
obtain justice for victims.
A U.S. House Intelligence panel has voted to release the Nunes memo on the FBI's eavesdropping. Republicans have said the Republican-written memo examines how the FBI eavesdrops on suspects in national security investigations. A Trump administration official said it was unclear whether the Justice Department would have any say in what parts of the memo would be blacked out.
And he House Intelligence Committee is officially
investigating the Department of Justice and the FBI, the committee’s ranking
Democrat confirmed during a news conference today. U.S. Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) told reporters at a lengthy press
conference that yesterday was the first time the committee’s Republican
majority informed the Democratic minority of the investigation. Schiff’s comments came shortly after the House Intelligence Committee voted to release the controversial "FISA memo," which allegedly details government surveillance abuses. Schiff explained: "It was disclosed to the minority today for the first time
that the majority has evidently opened an investigation of the FBI and
an investigation of the Department of Justice. Under our committee
rules, of course, that has to be the product of consultation with the
minority. Now it has been publicly reported from time to time that there was a
subset of the majority working on some kind of an investigation or
inquiry into the Department of Justice and FBI. But apparently the
chairman (Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) made it formal today." Increased scrutiny has been building around the DOJ and FBI in recent
weeks as more information comes out detailing how the agencies handled
both the Clinton email investigation and the investigation into Russian
interference in the 2016 election, which has effectively become the
Trump-Russia investigation. Lawmakers are also concerned that the Obama administration, via the
DOJ and FBI, improperly secured a surveillance warrant from the Foreign
Intelligence Surveillance Court for a Trump campaign official by using
information from the unverified "Trump dossier." Evidence that the FISA warrant was issued based upon the salacious
document is reportedly detailed in the "FISA memo" created by a handful
of members on the House Intelligence Committee. The report is the
product of thousands of DOJ documents, Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) said over the weekend. While Schiff announced the investigation is officially formal, a Nunes spokesman said that Nunes discussed the inquiry on Fox News last month. In addition, Politico
reported last month that a small group of Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee
were investigating the DOJ and FBI. According to the report, the group
is probing for corruption and how the agencies used the dossier. News of the Force
first reported last month that the investigation was underway.
Top DNC official quits
The CEO of the Democratic National Committee is leaving after less than a year on the job. Veteran Democrat operative Jess O'Connell took the helm of
the DNC last May with a mandate to help newly installed Chairman Tom
Perez turn around a troubled party.News from the Department of Veterans Affairs
The OIT’s 2017 Year in Review tells a story of partnerships throughout VA
that overcome difficult challenges to modernize the technological
backbone that enables VA employees to deliver the care, benefits and
services veterans have earned.
In a podcast, Kayla Williams discussed the mission of the Center for Women Veterans
and the care and resources VA provides for our women veterans.
The nation’s tax deadline will be April 17th this year so taxpayers will have two additional days to file beyond April 15th. See: IRS announces tax season, veteran and service member-specific filing information .
In Milwaukee, Wis., opportunity is knocking for experienced
nurses and recent nursing graduates, as the Milwaukee VA Medical Center
works to fill roles in a variety of areas such as cardiology,
hematology, medical surgery, rehabilitation, home health care, and the
ER. It’s part of an effort to meet the growing demand for VA services
in that great city. If you don’t live in Milwaukee or a town nearby,
there are many reasons to consider a move – from the city’s
award-winning restaurants and vibrant nightlife to its lakefront museums
and thriving music and arts scene.
At President Donald Trump’s first State of the Union address tonight in
Washington, D.C., service members, veterans and a young veterans advocate
have been invited to sit in the gallery as guests during the address.
And at VA, they understand the challenges many veterans face during their
transition back to civilian life. And where they choose to live can
significantly affect how well they adjust. Recent studies have compared
American cities in categories ranging from economy and employment to
health and quality of life, in order to determine the best cities for veterans to live. Other, veteran-specific indicators taken into account
include housing affordability, veteran unemployment rates and the
availability of VA health care facilities. See: 2017’s best cities for Veterans to live .
The Long Beach Airport in Los Angeles County, Calif., reported a maximum
temperature of 86 degrees yesterday, breaking the record of 83
degrees set in 1992, the National Weather Service said. And the Camarillo Airport in Ventura County also hit 86 degrees yesterday, breaking the record there of 85 degrees.
The moon is providing a rare triple treat this week. Tomorrow, much
of the world will get to see not only a blue moon and a supermoon, but
also a total lunar eclipse, all rolled into one. There hasn't been a
triple lineup like this since 1982. and the next won't occur until 2037.UFO news
Last December, The New York Times
broke the story about a secret Pentagon program that searches for UFOs.
The Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program was a pet project
of Harry Reid, the Nevada Democrat and then-Senate majority leader. The
program ran from 2007 to 2012 and cost $22 million a year.
Conspiracy theorists all around the world have been alleging the
involvement of the U.S. Government in covering up the existence of UFOs
and extraterrestrial lives for years, and they claim that the
authorities are hiding the information fearing public panic.
Interestingly, a new report published on Salon
revealed that former U.S. President Bill Clinton has spent much of his
time to know more about UFO encounters which happened in the country.
Unfortunately, the former president failed to fetch more details about
UFO incidents, as many government authorities refused to divulge on
these bizarre happenings. Clinton
became concerned about UFOs when he received a letter from a young boy
named Ryan enquiring about the Rosewell UFO crash incident. Until that
point of time, Clinton was not at all curious about UFOs, but soon he
changed his mind and decided to investigate more about these sightings. Bill
Clinton gave the assignment of unveiling the hidden truth surrounding
UFOs to Webster Hubbell, his associate attorney general. However,
Webster faced many hurdles in obtaining the information from various
government authorities, and slowly, he learned that a secret government
wing is holding all the data associated with UFO sightings. Webster soon
reported to Clinton that even the president does not have access to the
classified files related to unidentified flying objects and alien life. In
his memoir, Webster Hubbell wrote the two tasks given by Clinton - to
resolve the mysteries surrounding the murder of U.S. President John
F. Kennedy, and figuring out the understanding of the government on UFO
sightings. Even though he faced many obstacles during the
investigation, Webster Hubbell succeeded in obtaining some crucial
information regarding UFO sightings from the then-CIA chief, James
Woolsey. The CIA chief informed that the agency had run two projects
named "Project Sign" and "Project Saucer" to access whether these UFO
sightings are a threat to national security. However, more details
regarding the alleged UFO sightings in the United States were hidden
from Clinton, too, and at that time, he was very much upset over the lack
And a mysterious video of a possibly damaged UFO has been shot by an
airplane passenger recently and it is now going viral on social media
platforms. The one-minute clip which features an unidentified flying
object possibly falling down to Earth, leaving behind a thick gas trail,
has impressed alien buffs and they consider this as an unquestionable
evidence of extra-terrestrial life. The video is released by the Peruvian conspiracy theory Facebook
page, "Rincon Siniestro. As of now, the video has been watched for more than 37,000 times and
viewers are pretty much convinced about the authenticity of the clip. People
who watched the video claim that this video is featuring a damaged UFO,
which went out of control while visiting the Earth. On the other hand,
skeptics believe that this craft has nothing to do with
extra-terrestrials and is basically an army aircraft. However, they are
not capable of explaining the phenomenon which produces the large blaze
of thick smoke, which is not at all the usual contrails. In the
meantime, a section of conspiracy theorists has started arguing that
this footage is a real clip of chemtrail operations. The chemtrail
operation is a secret project carried out by governments all over the
world to hide the happenings in the sky from the general public. According
to these theorists, many strange things have been happening in our skies.
The chemtrail theory became a hot topic when they claimed that
governments are hiding evidence of the rogue planet Nibiru's approach
last year. As the video has gone viral, alien buffs all around the
world are asking UFO research agencies like MUFON to investigate this
incident so that the mysteries surrounding it will be unravelled soon. Page 1