Saturday 11 February 2023

Thingamajig Over Alaska

Late last night, UK time, a very curious news story appeared out of the United States. The Biden administration reported that there had been another incursion into US airspace, just a few days after the mysterious balloon, see: In this case though, they stated that the incursion was caused by something that they referred to as an "object". This is very irregular language for a government to use in this context. The object was moving slowly, sometimes no more than 20 miles-per-hour, northwards off the coast of northern Alaska. It was at about 40,000 feet in altitude, which is around the height commercial air traffic flies at, so posing a collision risk. A fighter jet was deployed from Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Anchorage. "President" Biden then ordered that the object be brought down and it was. National Security Council spokesman John Kirby said: "We do not know who owns it, whether it's state owned or corporate owned or privately owned," Source: However, they would not have attacked it they did not have some idea of what it was; they just don't want to tell us. I find it unusual nonetheless that they won't even give the object a designation; such aeroplane, balloon, satellite, drone etc. That indicates to me that there is something different about this operation. Also, why not just slap a D-notice on the whole story and not even mention it in the media? The region this happened is sparsely populated and there will be few if any witnesses. Mr Kirby makes some comments as to the object's physical nature; saying that it is about the size of a small car, far smaller than the Chinese balloon. According to ABC news, an unnamed US official told them that it was "cylindrical and silver-ish grey." Why don't they just call it a "flying disk"? Anyway, debris has fallen into the Beaufort Sea which, luckily, is frozen over at this time of year, so recovering it should be easy, no different to a land salvage operation. This is breaking news; we'll see where the story goes next, if it doesn't simply go silent.
See here for a HPANWO TV livestream about this matter:
See here for background:

No comments: