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Thu Nov 28, 2019, 08:31 AM

Inside the frantic response to mysterious 'slow-moving blob' flying over Washington

Inside the frantic response to mysterious 'slow-moving blob' flying over Washington
By Zachary Cohen, CNN
Updated 6:49 AM ET, Thu November 28, 2019

Washington (CNN)The mysterious "slow-moving blob" detected in the skies over Washington Tuesday prompted a frantic response from security officials on the ground as they raced against the clock to assess the potential threat.

From the moment the object was picked up on radar, US officials across several agencies only had about 10 minutes to determine whether American lives were in danger and respond accordingly.

Senior national security officials across the agencies immediately convened to coordinate and monitor the situation, ordering a lockdown at the White House and the Capitol Building to be placed on "restricted access" as a precaution.

A Capitol Police source told CNN the US Capitol went to "Aircon yellow" at 8:27 a.m., ET, when the object was first identified. AIRCON is the alert status triggered when an aircraft enters the restricted airspace in Washington without authorization.

It took 11 minutes before the object was 15 minutes from the Capitol, the range that causes the alert to go to "Aircon orange."

- more at link: https://www.cnn.com/2019/11/28/politics/white-house-lockdown-scramble/index.html

I think we've been in "Aircon Orange" status since January 20, 2017.

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Reply Inside the frantic response to mysterious 'slow-moving blob' flying over Washington (Original post)
klook Nov 2019 OP
GoCubsGo Nov 2019 #1
Maeve Nov 2019 #2
klook Nov 2019 #7
GoCubsGo Nov 2019 #8
gab13by13 Nov 2019 #3
LuckyCharms Nov 2019 #4
tanyev Nov 2019 #5
Chin music Nov 2019 #6
ck4829 Nov 2019 #17
Blecht Nov 2019 #9
Disaffected Nov 2019 #10
Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin Nov 2019 #11
Iggo Nov 2019 #12
Chin music Nov 2019 #13
FiveGoodMen Nov 2019 #18
Recursion Nov 2019 #14
Bucky Nov 2019 #15
crazytown Nov 2019 #16
JHB Nov 2019 #19
I_UndergroundPanther Nov 2019 #20

Response to klook (Original post)

Thu Nov 28, 2019, 08:40 AM

1. Let me guess...

It was a flock of birds? One would think that after all these centuries, they'd understand that blackbirds tend to gather and roost together by the millions this time of year. Starlings, too.

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Response to GoCubsGo (Reply #1)

Thu Nov 28, 2019, 08:46 AM

2. Probably--from the article

This suggested that the blob was moving slowly. The speed of the object combined with the fact that it appeared on radar, then dissipated, led some to speculate it may have just been a flock of birds despite a Pentagon spokesman initially telling CNN that an aircraft was involved.

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Response to GoCubsGo (Reply #1)

Thu Nov 28, 2019, 09:53 AM

7. No doubt.

Good thing they didn’t launch a flock of nukes aimed at Iran or some other “hostile foreign power” like Denmark or California.

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Response to klook (Reply #7)

Thu Nov 28, 2019, 12:53 PM

8. Yeah, that thought entered my mind, as well.

I could just see the syphilitic, orange imbecile giving the order to nuke that cloud.

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Response to klook (Original post)

Thu Nov 28, 2019, 09:03 AM

3. Maybe the gaseous cloud

was just Trump farting?

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Response to klook (Original post)

Thu Nov 28, 2019, 09:06 AM

4. It was just Trump's breath. n/t

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Response to klook (Original post)

Thu Nov 28, 2019, 09:22 AM

5. I bet Donny was crapping his pants.

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Response to Chin music (Reply #6)

Fri Nov 29, 2019, 08:44 AM

17. +1. This little "suggestion" is how it starts

I'll bet money this is a swarm of bugs or a flock of birds... I've read a story when I was 8 years old about a nation mobilizing it's air force against a blob on their radar systems, and it turned out to be locusts.

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Response to klook (Original post)

Thu Nov 28, 2019, 12:59 PM

9. I thought the Baby Trump broke free

It's so hard to know what's real anymore.

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Response to Blecht (Reply #9)

Thu Nov 28, 2019, 01:12 PM

10. "Slow Moving Blob"

My first thought was Trump himself in Marine 1 (or whatever his whirly-bird is called).

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Response to Blecht (Reply #9)

Thu Nov 28, 2019, 02:55 PM

11. That was my thought.

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Response to klook (Original post)

Thu Nov 28, 2019, 03:02 PM

12. It's coming from inside the house!

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Response to Iggo (Reply #12)

Fri Nov 29, 2019, 05:20 PM

18. More likely from inside the Senate

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Response to klook (Original post)

Fri Nov 29, 2019, 01:49 AM

14. I'm not saying it was aliens

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Response to klook (Original post)

Fri Nov 29, 2019, 02:12 AM

15. "...and I ran... I ran so far awayyyy!!!"

Turns out it was a Flock of Seagulls

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Response to klook (Original post)

Fri Nov 29, 2019, 07:10 AM

16. Previous incident over London

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Response to klook (Original post)

Fri Nov 29, 2019, 05:27 PM

19. Artist's interpretation

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Response to klook (Original post)

Fri Nov 29, 2019, 09:46 PM

20. Maybe it was 99 red balloons..

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