Tuesday, November 23, 2010

'Mystery Contrail' or Chinese Warning?

Raise your hand if you bought into the Obama administration's dismissal of a peculiar column of smoke over the ocean west of Los Angeles earlier this month as an optical illusion caused by an airplane contrail.

OK, all you saps in the media put your hands down.

The rest of America probably figured something was up, even if they couldn't figure what.

Now comes confirmation. The G2 Bulletin, a newsletter that follows U.S. intelligence information, has reported that two government military experts on missiles have concluded that the smoke trail was most likely from a Chinese missile launched from a submarine lurking off the coast of Los Angeles.

It's not a big surprise. Images of the "contrail" show it plainly was anything but.

Contrails are vapor trails caused by airplanes plowing through the high atmosphere. As such, they appear as thin, wispy lines of cloud. Usually, there are two of them, as they tend to form at airplanes' wing tips.

Images recorded by KCBS, however, clearly show large, billowing puffs of smoke typical of a missile's exhaust.

What is more surprising is the administration's non-response. At the time, Obama was on his tour of China and other Asian countries.

Retired U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Jim Cash believes the order to downplay the warning shot came from the president himself.

"There is absolutely no doubt that what was captured on video off the coast of California was a missile launch, was clearly observed by NORAD, assessed by a four-star general in minutes, and passed to the president immediately," he said in WorldNet Daily.

Most alarming is that our defenses apparently were incapable of detecting the launch.

Journalist Wayne Madsen, a former naval officer, said in WND that Pentagon officials are working "overtime with the media and on the Internet to cover up the latest debacle. However, even some reporters who cover the Pentagon full-time are beginning to question the Pentagon's version of events ... over the skies west of Los Angeles."

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