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Mystery Missile Has Pentagon Guessing (Update)

Posted on Nov 9, 2010

Here we see the unknown object leaving a trail in the Southern California sky Monday evening.

This is slightly disconcerting, especially for those of us in the Greater Los Angeles region: On Monday night, a CBS News affiliate in Southern California captured video footage of what appeared to be a rocket or missile shooting into the sky about 35 miles off the coastline, but the Department of Defense wasn’t exactly sure who was behind the launch. 

Video of the “mystery missile,” as news outlets have dubbed it, is posted below.  —KA

Update: The L.A. Times has more on the story, but still no explanation. The Pentagon says the object is not a threat.

Update 2: After investigating the incident further, the military has concluded that the contrail was caused by an airplane—and blown wildly out of proportion.

CBS News:

Nobody within the Department of Defense that we’ve reached out to has been able to explain what this contrail is, where it came from,” Pentagon spokesman Col. Dave Lapan said. “So far, we’ve come up empty with any explanation.”

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By merginglight, January 21, 2011 at 5:37 am Link to this comment

Is there any new information on this happening? Whatever it was, seems to have been already forgotten.

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By robertbangudead, November 13, 2010 at 11:58 am Link to this comment
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i tink it was papshmearshotawaud,or not!issue46

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By Peter Knopfler, November 12, 2010 at 11:21 pm Link to this comment

Self inflicted wounds are American tradition like Baseball sacrifice means everything. Testing missles in Californias deserts is quite common also a tradition,coming from a submarine, not so common, well at least you see your money being spent wisely.
Or are we getting ready for another major distraction, so Homeland security can experiment on the public, to see what the people will do.
Are we getting ready for a 3D alien landing on some tall building, virtual realities gives more room for deceipt, are we having fun yet.

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By QuantumBubbler, November 11, 2010 at 2:47 pm Link to this comment

It is just a jet. Notice at 32 seconds, it has come from over the horizon, the jet approaches seemingly slowly as it clears the horizon. The far away contrail is inflated and brightly lit. As the jet gets nearer it’s speed becomes apparent and the angle from the camera and the expanded, illuminated contrail cause one’s mind to think “MISSILE!” when it is just a jet airplane, coming in from over the horizon, and vectoring off at an angle from the viewer suggesting the parabola of a missile.


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By bot net, November 11, 2010 at 9:16 am Link to this comment
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it was the cartel, in the box ppls

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By samosamo, November 10, 2010 at 3:43 pm Link to this comment


Since the first days of secrecy of the ‘manhattan
project’ the military certainly still enjoys not
admitting to anything. Supposing, as it is the only
thing I can do in this situation, I would say it
would have to be the u.s. military’s rocket. To be
otherwise would be negligence in not knowing a
foreign sub fired this rocket. Which also supposes
that a foreign rocket firing sub could sneak into
waters that close to the u.s.

But as with the secrecy thing, the military don’t
have to know ‘nothin about nothin’.

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By johnnyfarout, November 10, 2010 at 3:13 pm Link to this comment


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By felicity, November 10, 2010 at 1:47 pm Link to this comment

Captured on camera but did anyone living on that
section of the LA coast report seeing it?  My
daughter lives there and neither she nor her
extensive family saw it - and it was a gorgeous
sunset that night and they’re avid sunset watchers. 

Of course, a military that would call the invasion of
tiny Grenada (Reagan administration) “Operation
Urgent Fury” is a military that would launch a
‘warning’ missile, not take credit for it at the same
time that it was to serve as a warning to somebody
that the American military means business.  “Military
Intelligence continues to be an oxymoron” - emphasis
on the ‘moron.’

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By Jim Yell, November 10, 2010 at 11:30 am Link to this comment
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The lest complicated explaination is probably an unscheduled launch of one of our missles. I say this because the usual response by the government to such happenings is that they know nothing about it, but the attachment of “there is nothing dangerous”—well how can they say that if they don’t know what it is?

May we ask with our spyware in orbit can’t we pinpoint where the missle went? Are we not in control of these things as we claim?

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By gerard, November 9, 2010 at 9:52 pm Link to this comment

Had enough fear yet?  Enough hysteria?  Enough manipulation?  Propaganda?

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By PatrickHenry, November 9, 2010 at 9:40 pm Link to this comment

Al Qaeda or one of his cousins.

Could be a Palestinian somewhere shooting at the Israelis.

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By eir, November 9, 2010 at 9:31 pm Link to this comment

“While investigating the theory that Obama’s mama, Ann Dunham Soetoro, was a possible CIA covert operative stationed in Indonesia, Thailand and Pakistan, I have been taken in many directions. Most investigative paths led back to Southeast Asia. After a coup and the corporate “opening” of one of the most resource rich countries in the world, Indonesia became one of the poorest-per capita-nations in Asia, with low educational levels and enormous divisions between rich and poor .
I followed the connections between Peter Geithner (long time head of the Ford Foundation’s Asia Division) and Ann Soetero. The Ford Foundation in Asia is widely held to be connected to the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency. Ann Dunham Soetoro worked extensively with the Ford Foundation as well as the U.S.A.I.D. and the World Bank, both considered sometime partners in covert operations. Barack Obama’s step-father, Lolo Soetoro was a high ranking military officer in Suharto’s Army and a government liaison between the Indonesian military government and the international oil industry.”

Connecting some dots: Geithner and Obama

The Story of Obama:  All in The Company—Part II

Suharto: A Declassified Documentary Obit

NYT on the Obama and Geithner relationship

Interesting,...“Former US Ambassador to NATO, Robert Ellsworth, and a former Deputy Secretary of Defense:  ‘I’m just speculating [with President Obama in Asia]....It could be the firing of an intercontinental ballistic missile to demonstrate, mainly to Asia, that we can do that.’”

AKA, The monetarists / global financial pirates (think British East India Company) deliver a pointed message to Asia:  Do Not Resist Us!

US Quantitative Easing is Fracturing the World Economy

You know, folks, we fought a revolution over this kind of oligarchical tyranny that is dismantling the US right now.

Back to the Future, Patriots!

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By Queenie, November 9, 2010 at 7:41 pm Link to this comment

The Russians are Coming the Russians are Coming!!

(Just so Sarah can see them better.)

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By Serenade, November 9, 2010 at 7:00 pm Link to this comment
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Yeah, and its also very possible that it COULD be Iran, or Cuba, or Venezuela, or
France ... just to show us that they COULD do it. Nyah-nyah! It’s just a matter of
who does “The (US military-industrial-media) Beast” want next?

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By Sasracer, November 9, 2010 at 6:45 pm Link to this comment
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I personally think the Aliens got tired of us and left.
Thats what I would do…

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By rico, suave, November 9, 2010 at 6:42 pm Link to this comment



Your denial is absolute proof if there ever was any!

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By diamond, November 9, 2010 at 6:12 pm Link to this comment

Not me.

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By rico, suave, November 9, 2010 at 6:05 pm Link to this comment

Ok everybody. Go find your tin foil hats (I know some of you are already wearing yours) and let’s get ready to play, “Who… Launched… the Missile?”

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