For the technical/legal details regarding the Chinese spy balloon—the two go hand in hand—I can’t recommend highly enough Larry Johnson’s STURM UND DRANG AND CHINESE BALLOONS Here’s how he begins: U.S military commands NORAD and NORTHCOM have been soiling themselves during the last 48 hours because a Chinese spy balloon is flying over the United States mainland. The U.S. military initially recommended a shoot down and Joe Biden gave the greenlight. But cooler heads prevailed, ...
The Chinese spy balloon was NOT at "55 miles" - it was at approx. 60, 000 feet, or less than 12 miles up.
The standard of commentary and analysis in the alternative media is excellent. Imagine if the MSM covered the current topics with the insightfulness of Mark, The Duran, MoA, Scott Ritter, Tom Luongo and countless others. This is what great news coverage looks like.
In short, the US is furious that another nation dares to do the same thing that it has been doing for years.
For another dimension to the Chinese balloon intrigue!
Johnson has written an update of sorts:
Did you know that the U.S. intelligence community has a number of balloons flying over the United States at very high altitude — e.g., 90,000 feet? They do. I recommend the following video for your enlightenment. It is by a former U.S. military special operations bubba who knows how to read and decipher air traffic.
What I tried to convey in my previous article was the lack of international agreement governing overflights of a nation’s territory by balloons, fixed wing and satellites. **There is an international consensus about aircraft that operate in controlled airspace. And countries such as the United States, Russia and China will shoot down a fixed wing intruder.**
We just shot something down.
If Herbert Morrison was still around to report, he would certainly exclaim, OH THE INSANITY! as the CANSS Zeppelin burst into flames.
Balloon could be taken down with a laser. No explosions, no shrapnel. No muss, no fuss.
Chinese premium solar panels (Ughar made) powered by an Intel chip computer with a US made gyroscope. Easy peazy. We should try this.
I'm confused. All the media are claiming that the balloon is flying at 60,000 feet. The Johnson article is claiming that the balloon is at 55 miles above the earth, which is about 290,000 feet. That's a big difference, the difference between airplanes flying high over our country and satellites orbiting the earth. If it's really at 60,000 feet, the Johnson article is nonsense. From everything I can tell, it's at 60,000 feet. Apparently, it's drifting with the wind. Also, you can photograph it with a camera and long lens, which is consistent with photographing something 12 miles away. If it was at 55 miles it would be in orbit, it wouldn't be drifting over the country, and you couldn't photograph it from the ground.
Thought experiment. Do you think that the (trial) balloon is a message being sent to our Fascist government that they can just as easily obtain our classified information by stealth through upper atmosphere surveillance as opposed to buying it from our political grifters with emerging legal problems like Hunter and Joe Biden? They must be panicking bigly. /sarc.
Thanks Mark - I had not known the grey zone issue.
Even the thought that China and Russia would collude on the balloon flight is chilling. Sure, there is no longer even a shred of pretense these days that those two nations aren't actively engaged in a mutual-support role, but on something THIS potentially kinetic? Wow...can't rule anything out at this point.
On the CANSS point, I used to tease a bunch of lawyers I knew at the FTC's Bureau of Competition and at the Antitrust Division about all the merger mania and wild industry consolidations from, say, 2000 to 2013 with the classic line from Office Space "now, what would you say you DO here?" Back then, I'd chalked it up to feckless government bureaucracy folding to the demands of Wall Street. Little did I know that this same government bureaucracy was in on it all along.
I’ve cast about for some time looking for a succinct way of describing our current government. CANSS—-I like it! Says it all!
No doubt the newly constituted Space Force is fully capable of dealing with this new technological invention - the balloon - in a clandestine manner.
But on a serious note, it wasn't too many years ago that Russia and the US had a treaty for overflights called the Open Skies treaty where reconnaissance aircraft were allowed to fly over the others' territory. Of course, advance notice was required of the flights, and I believe flight plans had to be agreed upon. The military would receive message traffic notification of any scheduled overflight. From what I've read, the US withdrew from the treaty a few years ago.