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From Balloons to UFO’s: How Another Public Narrative is Being Shaped
By Susan A. Manewich & Jefferey Jaxen
In just one week, we have witnessed military jets deployed four times to intercept and neutralize ‘foreign craft.’
One of the concerns for years has been, “how are legitimate journalists and the public going to handle when “UFO” threats are being put on mainstream news?” So many are woefully incomplete and uneducated with a greater understanding of this topic. As it has been considered so taboo up until recently to be discussed credibly in literally every facet of its debatable areas including; astronomy, psychology, theology, physics, history and biology.
Over the last 6 years, beginning in 2017, there has been a slow drip titration into the public consciousness in preparation of the narrative for landing in the mainstream. Ironically this slow, soft disclosure is emanating not from the diverse community of indigenous wisdom keepers, PhD researchers, journalists and long-dismissed ‘contactees’ rather it’s being written every step of the way by secretive intelligence agency operatives, questionable media outlets like CNN & Politico, and top government officials–the very same complex who has feverishly worked to discredit this topic and those associated with it for decades.
February 1st, 2023 marked one of the earliest civilian sightings of an object confirmed by ABC news in Reed Point, Montana. ABC news reports in the evening of February 1st, 2023, “…it was filmed east of Reed Point in Billings, Montana. Other footage captured it over Billings over the next hour as civilians wondered what it was.”
The civilians who reported it, Chase Doak and Larry Mayer who were in the area at the time, took pictures of the object and reported it to NORAD. They were alerted to look into the sky due to airspace restriction on Billings and spotted the object.
The US Department of Defense and the Canadian Department of Defence said NORAD was aware of a ‘high altitude surveillance balloon’ believed to be belonging to China and was tracking it for several days. By February 2, it had begun to receive mainstream press. At the time, the official response says, it posed no threat to civilian air because it was flying at 60,000 feet, which is well above civilian air traffic.
February 3rd, the Pentagon spokesperson USAF Brigadier General Patrick Ryder speaks to reporters in a national press conference when he publicly stated it was a “high altitude surveillance balloon…we know that this is a Chinese Balloon.”
By February 3rd, it is now in the public consciousness that China, whom the US has challenged relations, has violated US airspace and international law. Yet, the American public is on the ground each hour moving forward until February 4th, 2:39 p.m. EST watching the skies overhead with an uneasy feeling of mild shock and growing unease around the container of American sovereignty.
For a moment, a unique space was created as a bell was rung within the public and media alike to now openly debate China’s quest and intentions over US airspace and beyond. As we know, China is the biggest foreign housing buyer at 6.1 billion dollars in 2021 and top foreign purchaser of farmland at alarming rates from owning 81 million in 2010 to 1.8 billion in 2020. We also know the United States issued and demanded Chinese-inspired lockdown measures with its citizens as part of its COVID restrictions from 2020-2022.
What is happening to American citizen sovereignty?
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How does China’s Spy Balloon Relate to UFO’s? Blurring the Lines of a Perceived Enemy and Threat
We are seeing the use of the term “orb” in some of the articles reporting on the China balloon. The term “orb” is defined as spherical body, something circular. However, it has also been used prior to this event relating to UFO’s.
Since the first downed Chinese surveillance balloon on February 4th off the coast of South Carolina, any idea of Chinese involvement has slowly succumbed to wild and fanatical speculation driven by top outlets such as Reuters.
February 10th, 2023 and February 11th, 2023 two more “objects” are shot down before being discovered by the public. One each is shot down over Alaska and Canada respectively. The article titles are not saying ‘spy ballon’ rather leaving it subjective using terms which have been traditionally associated with ufology. The words “unidentified object flying” which is as close as you can get to the term UFO coupled with an additional Reuters article illustrating “cylindrical”. Moreover, on February 10th, Reuters reported, “the object was detected using ground radar, aircrafts were scrambled to investigate, the UFO was flying at 40,000 feet, posing a risk to civilian air traffic.”
Why would large media outlets use this terminology traditionally associated with ufology after a Chinese spy balloon was shot down within the past week?
While the media may defend using the term UFO meaning unidentified flying object, and the words used are just simply that, it is and object and it is not identified…not so fast.
The word UFO has been long used by the public and holds a significant stigma of historical meaning which implies a few things; not from this Earth, extraterrestrial, inter-dimensional, space travel, defying the laws of known gravity and physics.
The US Airforce and the British Ministry of Defence has little use for the term UFO in classified documentation of this phenomena. Historically, the military has a different set of language dating back to at least the 1950’s. Their documentation refers to unidentified aerial phenomena (UAP) which only recently the public has been prompted to use.
March 2016, Hilary Clinton appeared on Jimmy Kimmel’s show and quickly corrected his use of the word UFO:
“It’s unexplained aerial phenomenon,” she said. “U.A.P. That’s the latest nomenclature.”
Citizen-led exploration and discovery about what is beyond Earth, what may be connected to Earth, what is in our skies, the existence of extraterrestrial or inter-dimensional beings continues to be subverted by the military industrial complex in place of a growing narrative of ambiguity, confusion, word salad and above all, fear.
After decades of overall dismissal, censorship by mainstream media and vehement opposition by government agencies, the military has moved in to publicly dominate the space.
In June 2021, the Department of Defense issued a preliminary assessment document titled Unidentified Aerial Phenomenon from Director of National Intelligence.
Six months later, in November of 2021 the DOD announces the establishment of airborne object identification group as the successor to the US Navy’s task force.
A May 2022 House committee hearing on UFO’s provided the initial buy in and opening needed for American politicians to enter the fray.
The Take Away
The American public was once again destabilized due to another significant threat lingering now into its second week. Many people have experienced generalized anxiety from the lockdown effects and have not recovered as a result. Add in a “Chinese spy balloon” traversing over America giving way to reckless speculation about UFO’s and the well-exercised trigger of threats reigniting fear in a population mending in the aftermath of Covid has become further activated.
Rep. Jim Himes of the house permanent select committee on intelligence recently said, “in the absence of information, people will fill that gap with anxiety and other stuff…so I wish the administration was a little quicker to tell us everything they do know…the one thing I see troubling…is massive speculation about alien invasion or Chinese or Russian action.”
Whether intentional or not, Americans have found themselves in the middle of a beta test to reveal their response to ‘a threat from above.’ A War of the Worlds version 2.0 which couldn’t have been scripted better by Orson Welles himself.
As the idea of a Chinese threat vanishes from the headlines, Americans still find themselves wrestling against the implementation of human control mechanisms like forced masking, the prospect of digital vaccine passports, restricted air travel into the country, social credit-based digital currency and a climate change narrative racing to lower the standard of living. At its root, increasing control over its citizens appears to be the overarching similarity between the two countries despite the outward appearance of tensions.
Is China a growing threat to America on the world stage? It appears to be.
Have American defense and intelligence agencies been engaged in a methodical, coordinated takeover of the discussion, research and public unfolding surrounding life (extra-terrestrial/inter-dimensional et. al) outside this planet. Yes.
Are we witnessing the next big planned narrative(s) unfold?