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Friday, February 29, 2008

Shootdown of Spy Satellite suggests 'inability' to protect the Pentagon and recalls the Glomar Explorer - CIA Project Jennifer

Last week, the military shot down a 5,000-20,000 pound cold satellite the size of a small bus, traveling at 17,000 miles per hour, 130 miles above the earth's surface.

How large is a small bus? Maybe 50 feet long x 12 feet high x 10 feet wide.

How large is a 757-300 Jet? 178.5 feet long x 44.5 feet high x 124 feet wide. Its' weight: over 200,000 pounds.

This is a much larger, closer, hotter, and slower target than the dead spy satellite that we managed to take out into football sized pieces in outer space.

In eight years of testing, warships equipped with Aegis radar systems have hit 12 targets in 14 Pacific Ocean attempts, compiling a better record than the costlier land-based system of interceptor missiles in Alaska and California.

But the task of bringing down the satellite will be much harder, Navy officials warned. The satellite is traveling faster, higher and, perhaps most important, colder than the enemy missiles the system was built to hit.

"We're looking at a cold body in space, a body that has been shut down for some time, and so it doesn't have the traditional heating that a ballistic missile has," said a Navy official, noting that heat is one of the primary ways an interceptor finds its target.

"I’ve done a whole bunch of these" missile launches, the fire controlman Jackson said in a telephone interview Thursday from aboard the USS Lake Erie.

The US Navy modified a Standard Missile 3 to be launched from an Aegis destroyer - usually part of the US Missile Defense System designed to intercept ballistic missiles.

Gen Cartwright said they planned to have one missile shot, but there would be three missiles available on three ships.

Clearly, there are anti-missile systems in place over decades of a missile standoff with the USSR since the 1960s.

A plane, as we learn in physics class, is a large slow winged missile. Joseph Kennedy, Jr., President John Kennedy's older brother, used his plane as a missile in World War II, taking out German missile batteries, killing him in action. Condoleeza Rice' National Security Adviser statement that 'no one could envision planes being used as missiles' in 2001 was either disingenuous or incompetent, especially since the G8 summit a few months before protected the President against such attacks, and there were foiled attacks using planes against the CIA headquarters and the Eiffel Tower. In addition, on September 10, 2001, there were anti-missile batteries emplaced on the hotel where President Bush stayed in Long Boat Key, Florida.

How fast was this 757 model jet going when it hit the Pentagon on 9/11/01? About 600 miles per hour, and it was known to be off-flight-track during a period of hijackings for over an hour since the first plane hit North Tower One in NYC.

Planes emit heat and are vulnerable to heat seeking missiles.

According to Transportation Secretary Norman Minetta, VP Cheney was being briefed on this plane's progress as it approached D.C., and that he reiterated to military personnel that 'the order still stands.'

Based on my counts about 30 various scheduled and rescheduled to that day of military exercises on 9/11/01, these could have affected US defense of Washington, D.C., the Pentagon, and NYC that day. The dismissals that the many wargames that date didn't affect defense seems disingenuous or nefarious.

It seems strange that we can shoot a satellite at orbital speeds in space out of commission, but we cannot protect the Pentagon from an errant passenger jet, and it warrants further investigation by experts, not politically connected 'historical narrators.'

Here's video if you like.

When I was younger, the Hughes Glomar Explorer was touted as a deep sea mining vessel, mining nodules of manganese from the bottom of the sea. It turns out that Hughes was actually working for the CIA's Project Jennifer to recover a Soviet Sub that was on the bottom of the sea.

This missile shot reminds me a bit of the Glomar Explorer cover story, and it reminds me of the possibilities of technology for defense, yet our national capitols were left unprotected on 9/11/01 -- despite a multi-trillion dollar military larger than the rest of the world's combined militaries...


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