What the hell is going on? We have lived for years with only rare sightings of UFOs and now they are seemingly everywhere. And no, Stephen Speilberg is not making a sequel to ET. Initially, I considered at least three possible explanations:
First, we really are seeing an uptick in balloons and other unidentified things unintentionally flying into our air space from other countries.
Second, we are now deciding to announce and shoot down things that we previously ignored and allowed to pass unmolested.
Third, those crafty Chinese are doing an aerial Surveillance Detection Route to see how we react and collect intel on the various units that respond in preparation for a looming attack.
If you ask the Defense contractors and many members of Congress the answer most certainly is number three. And we need more Cowbell.
But then I heard from a knowledgeable source. The answer is number two. General Van Herck, who commands NORAD, is now flagging everything that comes into U.S. and Canadian air space and ordering up assets to shoot it down. In the past, General Van Herck and his staff would not order a combat reaction unless they had clear evidence that the balloon or object was hostile or presented a lethal threat. That is what happened with the first balloon — NORAD decided the balloon did not pose a threat and did not order it to be brought down.
Van Herck’s decision subsequently was reversed when the Biden White House found out there was a big fat target that could be shot from the sky and make the “Big Guy” look tough. General Van Herck got an ass chewing and was warned not to be so quick to judge something as non-hostile even if it is “non-hostile.” Van Herck, like any other bureaucratic creature, lives to serve Master. Sort of like Gollum from the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Despite his course reversal, I suspect Van Herck’s days are numbered. He is eager to spend more time with his family. Van Herck will be replaced by a slobbering sychophant soon who is more inclined to shoot first and ask questions later. I am sure the Russians and Chinese will find that totally cool.
So now we have a situation in which we are spinning up tens of millions of dollars in air assets just to chase down some floating junk that we previously ignored. Oh yeah. Almost forgot another purpose. Use the unknown to scare the shit out of the American public. Nothing spins folks up better than letting slip that some of those objects we are shooting at might be a malicious ET or a super secret Chinese weapon. Then again, maybe not.
Douglas Worthington says
All of these events are rather conveniently timed to draw attention away from Seymour Hersh’s report on the US-sponsored and -executed terrorist attack on the Nord Stream pipelines.
Larry Johnson says
Edward Snowden concurs:
“Snowden calls UFO craze a distraction”
The media frenzy over “spy balloons” and unidentified flying objects over North America is sadly not about first contact with extraterrestrials, but an engineered panic for political misdirection, NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden said on Monday.
“It’s not aliens. I wish it were aliens. But it’s not aliens. It’s just the ol’ engineered panic, an attractive nuisance ensuring [national security] reporters get assigned to investigate balloon bulls**t rather than budgets or bombings” such as the Nord Stream, Snowden tweeted. …
Greg Follis says
Poison Frogs says
Also, the balloons attacks have the benefit of media NOT talking about the article with NS 1&2 being blown up by the US, and/or the state of Ukrainian military and its ammo, or things like inflation, debt, and so on.
It’s as good as a laser pointer for a cat.
BTW instead of spending the money for the military strike The Platters – Only Yooouuuuu! is free available on the internet
There is a tragedy developing in East Palestine, Ohio due to the decision of opting for a controlled burn instead of trsansferring the contents to other railway cars. allegedly it’s quicker to burn the stuff rather than transferring it in order to reopen the railway quicker. So maybe the sudden fixation over balloons has something to do with covering up the disaster? It’s pretty bad.
Jim S says
Effectively a chemical strike unleashed by the US Department of Transportation against the Ohio River Basin. But I imagine all of these events–all of them–are to raise the level of fear and anger in the run-up to whatever happens with Russia.
Yes. Coverup of chemical attack on our ecosystem. Ground water poisoned. Wildlife, livestock, pets dying.
Reached W. virginia yesterday. The liquid poison will destroy all the way down the Ohio, to the Mississippi to the Gulf of Mexico.
The air everything downwind.
Predictive programming: Netflix recently released White Noise, movie about train accident in Ohio, filmed in Akron, included residents from E Palestine, that releases poisonous chemicals into the environment.
So those were the little green men that took Crimea. Doesn’t look good for NATO.
Isn’t this what happened prior to KAL 007 being shot down in 1983? Soviet officials were chewed out over not shooting down US military planes flying over the Kamchatka Peninsula. The officials, eager to show their competence, ordered the civilian airliner shot down prior to identification of the aircraft.
This is just too good. I remember I laughed at that movie from beginning to end. Well done Larry. Jack Nicholson for President.
Taras 77 says
The biden admin is theater, kabuki theater, at all levels.
Meanwhile, toxic vinyl chloride burns for days in Ohio, after a train derailment which the media is ignoring. No questions about that actual disaster for Joe Biden, the guy that the media tells us constantly loves choo-choo trains. And no questions for his lazy, dimwit Transportation Secretary, Pete Buttigieg, who is probably in Tahiti.
Our government is afraid to shoot down a balloon out of fear for citizens., but they turn their backs on an actual deadly threat to citizens. I guess the rule of thumb is: If the government is trying to scare you, it’s a nothingburger, but if they’re ignoring something, watch your six.
We’ve often heard of asymmetric warfare – heavily beweaponed troops in narrow alleys chasing kids with slings who do Parkour like a chimp chased by Tarzan – but now the idea seems to be asymmetrical accountancy.
Perhaps those wily inscrutable Asiatics noted how Reagan sent the USSR broke by money-no-object military spending so they’ve inverted the tactic – spending a couple of bucks of party balloons as targets for multi-million dollar penis substitutes on which to waste time, energy & ammunition.
NATO/OTAN spokesbot Jen Stoltenberg has just admitted that the Ukraine rate-of-fire is depleting the munitions inventories of the West and urging a return of Rosie the Riveter to kick start Euroland’s armament factories, futile as that will be.
Has someone coined the term ‘balloonacy’ yet?
Larry Johnson says
You’re the first. At least here. Well done!
You cited Nena’s “99 Luftballons” at the outset of this nonsense and that now has been taken up retro brigade, the Grauniad and BBC jokesters.
Not so much a revival of “Running Up that Hill” as the US taking leave of its senses… or ‘sensors’.
If you don’t mind, I’d rather like to ‘borrow’ that term. Happily I’d swallowed my last mouthful of tea before I read your post 🙂
Paul Edwards, on February 8:
“Balloonacy: Grasping at ludicrous straws to sell us another evil war”
[rips the government a new one]
Chris in Ch-Ch says
Luckily, I wasn’t drinking anything either as I read the comments & came across your “BALLOONACY” effort Zim. The dog came close to ‘evacuating’ his bowels though when I burst out laughing but my ‘stomach-top’ (as I call the lap top) survived. “Balloonacy” may well get picked up & voted “Oxford Word of the Year 2023” Zim. It certainly deserves to be for a number of reasons although no doubt the dementia unit at 1600 will be trying to make it go away
Bill Osborne Jr says
I find it interesting that the Navy apparently has not tried to shoot down real UFO/UAP’s that have been buzzing aircraft carrier battle groups. Probably for good reason.
another steve says
No discernable means of propulsion, incredible acceleration, deceleration and maneuverability.
And don’t make a splash(not the technical term) when entering the water.
You wouldn’t want to mess with them.
Biswapriya Purkayastha says
Waiting for a civilian aeroplane to be shot down by the US Empire, probably one belonging to one of its EUslaves. Who will it blame?
I get that governments lie, but does the US government have to lie about everything all the time? It’s getting boring. Change it up a little, guys.
Juan Valdez says
As with every event that the MSM (CIA) pushes, there are multiple objectives. With the Covid scare we got forced lockdowns, forced jabs with experimental drugs, the idea that the WHO should be able to force countries to follow its dictates, Big Pharma making a killing (in more ways that one) and perhaps billions of people walking around with some sort of nanotechnology in their bodies that we don’t yet understand.
With the balloons/UFOs, we get what was mentioned regarding diversion of attention from important events and another form of the Red Scare. I grew up in the Cold War where the ubiquitous enemy was “global communism” in the form of the USSR and Red China. Now we’ve come full circle after passing through “Islamic Terrorism” land and we’re back to the “Russia! China!” threat.
The ruling class, like Hollywood, has run out of original ideas and they’re just recycling old programs. Whatever it takes to keep even more trillions of $ flowing into the hands of the MIC is what we can expect. Maybe soon we’ll get a hologram show in the sky and warnings of E.T. come to probe our rear ends, lest we fork over every cent we have left and our freedom to these creeps.
In the preface to the second edition of ‘THE SECRET TEAM – The CIA and Its Allies in Control of the United States and the World’ (1997), Col L. Fletcher Prouty wrote:
It will be interesting to see what “enemy” develops in the years ahead. It appears that “UFO’s and Aliens” are being primed to fulfill that role for the future.
One of the balloons took 2 shots to take down. I guess we know why they can’t take out hypersonic missiles, then.
The USA never attacked a foreign country without a proper provocation from the country before. So, there is the difficult job to have China attack the USA. Pearl harbor would be great. But Balloons are a good starter. But will this be enough to counterattack the Chinese aggression?
Why not ask frankly? Dear USA, isn’t it time to respond energetically to this direct Chinese attack to mainland USA? What else shall happen before the peaceful nation stands up for its freedom? Please tell us what we have to think.
The USA never attacked a foreign country without a proper provocation from the country before.
Roland: Beg pardon? I’m afraid you’re sorely misled here. The US has repeatedly attacked foreign nations with no valid justification whatsoever:
“175 Years of Border Invasions: The Anniversary of the U.S. War on Mexico and the Roots of Northward Migration”
… In total, including the 1846–1848 war that resulted in the U.S. government seizing nearly half of Mexico, the U.S. military has invaded Mexico at least ten times. Across Latin America, U.S. forces have invaded southern neighbors more than 70 times, leaving occupying armies for months, years, and in some cases decades. …
[And note: the references there are from the Congressional Research Service.]
No, the US is hardly a “peaceful nation”.
I’d also recommend you obtain a copy of William Blum’s “Rogue State”; that will bring you up to snuff on the “Good Ol'” USA.
I agree with you. The point is simple: No one likes to die for an unjust war. But the situation is completely ok when it is a just war. It’s ok to be dead then, isn’t it?
So, make the war just first, and then start it.
Not the other way round.
The last German Kaiser was a bit pathetic when he addressed to the German people and said: Ahead, may the sword decide now!
When starting WW1.
So, waiting for Biden’s superbest speech for starting the just war against/Russia/China/ any other unjust country….
It will work….
Do you know Fort Alamo? When the USA fought bravely against whatever unjust country?
Geneva Bridges says
You mean when Texas asked to be annexed to the US? It was considered independent, and disavowed any rule by Mexico. Got anything else, more current than nearly 200 years ago?
Steffen OPPENHEIMER says
In my humble opinion, these Balloons are nothing more than distractions from the Event that has the opportunity to break Germany from the American yoke… and the attention must be diverted from this terrorist attack…
Cato the Uncensored says
Remember when most UFO sightings were dismissed as weather ballons? Now they’re spinning what are likely to be weather balloons as possible UFOs.
jim christian says
Larry, I think option 3 is most pausible, the what the Chinese and perhaps in concert with Russia want is, they want to see what alarms are set off when these things hit the coast from the Pacific. They light up their ISR and watch our reactions. And record them from Satellites and the rest of whatever others of their networks monitor our communications. Then if the “balloon” goes up, they know the roots of our reactions in wartime. It’s ISR 101. We did it with Saddam. Approach the Iraqi borders with fast movers, watch to see what rader and air defense nets “lit up”, so they’d know what to destroy right off the bat to gain air/space supremacy early in a conflict. In THAT light, the better for us was to let these balloons to sail quietly away. But the political and scare-Americans “benefit” over-rode strategic considerations from wiser heads.
I think that they forgot to tell Bubbleboy that his Foreign Secretary Jake Sullivan had a date the next days with Wang Yi, known all over China as Tiger Yi after his tustle with Jake in a low class hotel in Anchorage , Alaska at the start of the Biden administration. America has no foreign policy, only the most astonishingly corrupt domestic policies that have beyond the lunatic. This is mob rule, and Biden needs to give them meat. The Pentagon invited UFO sitings and gets some 300 a month. None verified. Walt Whitman was right: “The fabled damned of nations.”
Keith Harbaugh says
Thanks for featuring this story about all these flying objects.
Here is something else I wish you would feature as a standalone post:
Outrage as James Clapper, other Hunter Biden laptop skeptics suddenly speak out against media: ‘What a fraud’
It fits well with what you and others have said about how the politics of IC seniors has swung to the left from what it was in the 1950s.
A post from you would provide a good place for people to weigh in on this subject.
Andrey Sirin says
OR number four: what if this pathetic company of spy balloons aka China is another culprit, is designed for gullible sheeple, uh, us, to cover another braking story – that lawyers push the Epstein client list to be published in a few months. Big if BUT!
Geneva Bridges says
So we should ignore these intrusions into our airspace? If they were previously ignored that’s an even more serious threat than originally thought. Do you think we could fly spycraft over China and not have it shot down? Yeah, sure, it’s just a distraction from other issues, that’s all. Please! Can’t we walk and chew gum at tge same time?
I thought of the Report from Iron Mountain.
That think tank was charged with finding ways of keeping the Public compliant/poor to the needs of the MIC without causing endless wars. They came up with some ideas one of which was an false-flag alien invasion. Bring the country together like in Independence Day.
US hobby club reports missing balloon after ‘UFO shootdowns’
With US officials still unable to confirm what was shot down on February 11, members of the Northern Illinois Bottlecap Balloon Brigade (NIBBB) have offered a possible explanation. Tracking data shared by the group shows that one of its small mylar balloons went “missing in action” in Canada’s Yukon region on Saturday, matching the description, altitude and location of the unidentified object shot down by a US F-22 the same day.
The NIBBB and similar hobby groups build what are known as pico balloons, sending the devices high into the atmosphere and tracking them as they circumnavigate the globe. The balloons typically cost no more than $200 to construct – with some running as cheap as $12 – and are often less than one meter in diameter.
The object was fired upon with an AIM-9X Sidewinder missile, costing taxpayers a minimum of $472,000.
While Scientific Balloon Solutions founder Ron Meadows, an expert on pico balloons, attempted to inform the government that it had likely shot down a cheap device used by hobbyists for fun, he said officials were not listening.
“I tried contacting our military and the FBI – and just got the runaround – to try to enlighten them on what a lot of these things probably are. And they’re going to look not too intelligent to be shooting them down,” Meadows told Aviation Week.
The outlet went on to note that the descriptions of all three unidentified objects shot down by US forces between February 10 and 12 “match the shapes, altitudes and payloads of the small pico balloons.”
Keith Harbaugh says
I definitely think this is worth noting:
Ex-Navy pilot who’s seen UFOs in flight calls for investigations of aerial phenomena: ‘We need to be curious’
This brings up an issue:
The opportunity cost of our conflict with Russia.
Would it not be better to stop squabbling about who controls the Donbass and Crimea,
and work with both the Russians and Chinese to figure out what is behind these IAPs?