Missile Whodunnit

By Ryan C. Gavan

The speculation is rife about the missile trail (Picture from theage.com.au)

Mystery is still surrounding a suspected missile launch yesterday off the coast of southern California.

Video footage of the alleged missile launch was captured by a CBS news helicopter. It shows a missile like object shooting up into the sky, followed by a trail of vapour. The US government knows of no scheduled or accidental launches in that area.

The Pentagon has denied that this was an US weapon test. A spokesperson stated: ” nobody within the department of defence  that we’ve contacted has been able to explain what this contrail is”.

It seems to have completely vexed officials. The Federal Aviation Authority, the US body in charge of tracking aircraft, say that the object was not picked up on radar reports.

The North American Aerospace Defence Command issued a statement about the occurrence:  “we are aware of the unexplained contrail reported off the coast of Southern California yesterday evening,” but reassure, “there is np indication of any threat to our nation”.

The ‘blogosphere is already awash with conspiracy theories. Online speculation argues that it could be a rogue attack being denied by the government. There are also claims it is reminiscent of the UFO crash landing in Roswell, New Mexico in 1947. The film ‘Loose Change’ has famously argued that a missile was shot at the Pentagon in 2001 as opposed to a plane crashing into it.

This comes at a time when US national security is already at high alert. Recently, the UK and US security services thwarted a terrorist plot. Bombs concealed in printer ink cartridges were found on cargo planes addressed to Jewish synagogues in Chicago.