Sunday, 8 November 2015

"Mystery" Ballistic Missile Test Lights Up Sky Over California, Leads To Social Media Panic

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Late on Friday there was a surprising announcement by the Federal Aviation Administration according to which night-time flights to and from Los Angeles International (LAX) would avoid flying over the Pacific Ocean to the west of the airport, the second busiest in the US. There was no specific reason given except to note that "mysterious maneuvers" by the US military over the Pacific are forcing a change in landings late at night.
Instead of landing from the east over Inglewood, planes would begin flying from the west and over the ocean to keep noise levels down, but due to secret military operations, the airspace over the Pacific is closed to incoming flights for the next week.
"We clearly understand that neighbors and communities east of the airport will experience noise and we apologize for that," said Nancy Castles, LAX public relations director.
As ABC reported, the military would not say what is causing the change, and LAX claims it's also in the dark. Castles said all they know is planes can't be flying at low altitudes to our west.
What's going on this week is a mystery. "And plus if it's a military thing it's a good thing, that means they're making it safer for us so I wouldn't let it bother me," said Steve Devosion of Inglewood. "I'd be more interested in them not doing something about what's going on than them doing something about what's going on."
Then the reason behind the "secret operation" became quite literally apparent around 6pm local time when thousands of reports from Los Angeles and San Diego flooded social networks with reports of a mysterious bright light in the sky that sent Californians into panic. The San Diego Union-Tribune said police were inundated with calls "reporting everything from a flare to a comet to a nuclear bomb".
The newspaper said the light was seen as far away as the states of Nevada and Arizona. CBS-LA reported sightings in San Francisco, 380 miles (600km ) to the north.

The light was spotted traveling quickly over Orange County and neighbouring areas late on Saturday, leading to fevered speculation online over its origin.
Videos posted online show a bright flare rising high, before a wide, bright blue flash emerges in a cone shape. Many videos continued to track the light for several minutes. Some people saw it fade from bright red to white or blue, and thought it traveled from south to north.

Shortly thereafter the official story was released: according to the Union Tribune, Navy Strategic Systems Programs conducted the scheduled Trident II (D5) missile test flight at sea from the Kentucky, an Ohio-class ballistic missile submarine, in the Pacific Test Range off the coast of Southern California, a Navy spokesman said.
The test was part of a scheduled, on-going system evaluation test, said Cmdr. Ryan Perry with the Navy’s Third Fleet.
Perry said launches are conducted on a frequent, recurring basis to ensure the continued reliability of the system. “Each test activity provides valuable information about our systems, thus contributing to assurance in our capabilities,” he said in a statement.

The missile was not armed and Strategic Systems Programs does not routinely announce missile testing. Information regarding the test launch of such missiles is classified prior to the launch, Perry said.

The test range is a massive area northwest of Los Angeles. The Navy periodically uses the range to test fire Tomahawk and Standard cruise from surface ships and submarines.
According to reports, the launch area was the Pacific Missile Test Center located next to Point Mugu, "targeting" the Kwajalein atoll in the Marshall Islands.
Since LAX traffic has been diverted until Thursday night, it is likely that the US Navy will conduct more such tests. What is unclear is why the test, which was clearly meant to be apparent to millions of people, was conducted so publicly and in such close proximity to some of the most populated US urban centers, when traditionally the military is far more secretive when conducting ballistic missile tests.
Perhaps this was merely the US response to the various Russian ICBM tests which was likewise conducted in secrecy in early 2014 and which moved markets. If so, expect the Kremlin to "retaliate" in kind with its own ICBM tests over the coming weeks.
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Sun, 11/08/2015 - 08:44 | 6763743Fester
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Wasn't my Amazon delivery.
Sun, 11/08/2015 - 08:53 | 6763773Stuck on Zero
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I've seen many of these sunset launches from Vandenberg and they are beautiful. Really spectacular.
Sun, 11/08/2015 - 09:04 | 6763802toady
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The not-so-funny thing is if the nukes ever actually fly, everyone will be running outside to take pictures of the u.f.o. like they did last night when the local news told them there was a u.f.o.
Sun, 11/08/2015 - 09:19 | 6763843Skateboarder
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Steve Devosion is a retarded lemmingsheep.
Sun, 11/08/2015 - 09:30 | 6763868Surviver22
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Pople of America should really take care...
Sun, 11/08/2015 - 10:05 | 6763940CrazyCooter
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It isn't a foreign asset - they PRE closed the Pacific, without explaining why, after which point the launch occurred. 100% US orchestrated.
If the launch were done in a remote location, there wouldn't be millions of youtubes, pics, and what not for the Russians to get a proxy up-front-and-personal view of the test. So at least part of the objective was to warn the Russians that we still got nukes.
I don't recall seeing this sort of white exhaust color on other missiles (distinctive red-ish color seems to be the norm), so folks with a Chem background might be able to add some salt to that stone soup.
The purpose could also be testing US tracking systems (e.g. missile defense, painting/tracking the missile, etc) and having our guys walk through procedures to do whatever it is they think they need to do when missiles are going the other way.
Sun, 11/08/2015 - 10:22 | 6763983Chris Dakota
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This is the official story:
Navy Strategic Systems Programs conducted the scheduled Trident II (D5) missile test flight at sea from the Kentucky, an Ohio-class ballistic missile submarine, in the Pacific Test Range off the coast of Southern California, a Navy spokesman said.  

PROBLEM: Though there were war games scheduled, there was no missile launch scheduled (despite claims) AND HERE IS THE KICKER: According to the "experts" on various forums, Trident II missiles have a red flame, and Russian ICBM's have a stunning blue flame that leaves a huge blue trail long after the missile is gone. And this ICBM had a stunning blue flame that left a glowing trail in the sky for 15 minutes after the launch. AND HERE IS THE KICKER: ITS TRAJECTORY APPEARS TO HAVE BEEN ONE THAT WOULD HAVE MADE IT LAND IN SIBERIA. Figure the odds for that one. America would not test fire an ICBM on a trajectory for Russia!
If Russia really did do this, it would have definitely sent a message that goes something like: "You can't get us, we can be right where you are looking and you will still lose LA."

Now the only thing to be fully confirmed is that a Trident burns red. I do not know what does what, but there are experts out there reading that can confirm this. If the "experts" online are correct about the color of the flame, Russia just pulled a big one.
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Sun, 11/08/2015 - 10:42 | 6764016WTFMOFO
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Ah, brings back memoires of being in school as a child.  Get under the desk do not look at the brigth light.
Fear Fear Fear....doesn't take much to get the sheep afraid again, time for a new FEMA in-school training on how to protect from a nuke strike.  The "terrorist" meme is running thin, time for a new boogey man.

Sun, 11/08/2015 - 10:49 | 6764027max2205
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People ICBMS go straight up or down
not left to right or right to left

Think about it
Sun, 11/08/2015 - 10:51 | 6764034DeadFred
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I agree. They are testing to see if they can defend against a likely war scenario, a sub-based limited attack against the mainland. My daughter used to work on control systems for the missile defense system and would go to Vandenberg for tests but those always fired from land away from the coast. For them to use a TridentII near the coast and have it track parallel to the coast suggests either a psyops purpose or a test of land-based tracking systems. The broad time frame of the closure suggests the testing scenario. The tracking systems are given an alert that something is coming but not when, then they get to analyse the tracking data for how fast and how accurate it is -can we shoot it down before it hits?
Sun, 11/08/2015 - 10:20 | 6763974DeadFred
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People should take care but to think the collapse will wait until 2017 is being a PollyAnna. No way we have that much time left.
Sun, 11/08/2015 - 09:56 | 6763913cheech_wizard
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Which made me wonder, does Steve Devosion even exist? I just ran that name through a multitude of people look-ups in California and not a single hit. Yet they have my address in California from 9 years ago...
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Sun, 11/08/2015 - 09:57 | 6763921two hoots
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When the most powerful countries of the world began flexing their military might, occupying foreign lands/seas, it deserves attention.  I do wonder how much CB’s, IMF, MIC, think tanks, impotent governments  or the combination of all has help led the world to this angry, distrusting, abusing, greedy and destructive position?  It surely wasn’t common people who just want to live. 

Sun, 11/08/2015 - 10:34 | 6764004FireBrander
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"I do wonder how much CB’s, IMF, MIC, think tanks, impotent governments  or the combination of all has help led the world to this angry, distrusting, abusing, greedy and destructive position?"
Who’s the best candidate to push back?
Carson? Nope! Believes "Defense cut talks are IDIOTIC; military is being STARVED" by Obama...WHACKO!
Trump? Nope! Might as well make McCain his VP and blow the whole fucking world up on inauguration day.
Bush, Cruz, Rubio…ROTFLMFAO!
Hillary? Again…ROTFLMFAO!
I guess that leaves The Burn; "Why am I not shocked that in addition to wanting to cut Social Security and Medicare as we know it, cut education, cut nutrition programs for hungry kids," Sanders told reporters, "their other brilliant idea is to increase military spending at a time when we spend more money than almost the rest of the world combined."
“Between militarism and pacifism lie diplomacy, accountability, and restraint.” In that spirit, and for the sake of our future at home and across the globe, we must now learn a lesson: Sometimes, less is more. Before we can do that though, we have to unlearn the ethos of “more is more”—the ethos that the modern military has taught us” - Jill Lepore The New Yorker

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