Tuesday, November 09, 2010

Hey! Who fired that?

A Los Angeles helicopter news crew captured stunning images of a dramatic missile launch off the Californian coast last evening. What has many worried however is that the launch has been classified as "unexplained" by the Pentagon through whom spokespersons for The Missile Defence Agency, the U.S. Navy and the U.S. Air Force have denied making any launches.

Earlier, NORAD stated that there was "no threat to the homeland" but The Pentagon's Colonel Dave Lapan has responded that nor he or his superiors are able to concur with that statement at the present time as the military still do not know who launched it and are in fact studying the TV footage in an effort to identify where it came from.

Footage of the projectile was captured in motion approximately 35 miles [56 km] out to sea, west of L.A. and north of Catalina Island. Test missiles or misfirings could come from Vandenberg AFB or Naval Air Station Point Mugu in the region. Another option is that it may have been launched from a ship or submarine.

One theory given by Robert Ellsworth, former U.S. Ambassador to NATO, and former deputy SECDEF, was that this was a submarine launch designed to show Asia that the U.S. can flex it's muscles too, but urges people to wait for a definitive answer from the military.

The FAA didn't issue a license for a commercial launch and NASA also denied any involvement. While U.N.E.T.I.D.A. itself also denied involvement, the French Navy forwarded a communique from the Captain of one of their Triomphant class of ballistic missile submarines signalling that that it had been commandeered by Colonel "Whopper" Creedon and a team of specialists for a "special mission". There has been no contact with the vessel since 23:00 Zulu November 7th.

More at Fox. Watch the CBS video.

Source: FOX, CBS

1 comment:

Civilian Overseer said...

Whoops, Butterfingers!