blackbird Posted February 5 Report Share Posted February 5 (edited) I tend to think it is a weather balloon for a few reasons. 1. So far all we have heard is speculation from the politicians and media that it is a spy balloon without any evidence at all. They are outraged over China using a ballioon to spy on the west. 2. They claim is was "hoovering" over sensitive areas. But its movement is entirely controlled by the wind currents which exist at the high altitude it is flying. It was first discovered over Alaska, then over Canada and finally over the U.S. It cannot control its path and is entirely dependent on where the wind currents take it. 3. It is almost funny how it is on the CTV news at this moment. The host called it a "suspected balloon". Of course it is a balloon. CTV is very careless with their words. 4. One reason why I believe it is not a spy balloon is it is completely obvious it would be observed and be shot down as it was. It would be an extremely amateurish to use a balloon to spy in this modern age of the vast amounts of digital technology, the internet, spy satellites, and the probable number of spies and groups working for the CCP in north America. 5. Canada had a weathership fifty years ago in the north Pacific ocean which launched weather balloons every six hours although they may have been smaller than this one. They carried a small transmitter with weather sensors below the balloon and transmitted the information back to the weathership as they rose around 100,000 feet. Then somewhere up that altitude they would burst and fall into the ocean and be lost. My job was to track the balloon on a computer-controlled radar system, not to recover it, but to record its altitude, speed, and direction. I believe the sensors sent back the temperature and humidity and different altitudes as it went up. After it burst, that was the end of it. Nobody cared about it because it disappeared into the ocean. The reason this one from China is still up there is probably because of its weight, the strong material it is made of, and inability to go any higher. It is floating at a balance point and strong enough to withstand bursting. 6. It just does not seem like a sensible way to spy on the west when there are countless other methods of spying, including satellites that can take fairly detailed photographs of things on the earth and the equipment can photograph anything they wish with the technology they have today. A balloon which just floats randomly without any control of its movement just doesn't make sense as an instrument to spy. Now that it has been shot down after all the hype about it being a spy balloon, the question is will they tell us the truth about what they found if it is not a spy balloon? It would require a big climb down by the politicians and media after all the assumptions and hype. There has been incredible hype about this balloon. "Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas), the chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, called the Biden administration’s response to the balloon an “embarrassing display of weakness.” “The [administration] should have taken care of this before it became a national security threat,” McCaul said in a statement posted to Twitter on Saturday." Why the US waited to shoot down the China balloon (msn.com) Edited February 5 by blackbird Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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