posted on Dec, 17 2008 @ 10:48 PM
residents of Delaware in the US were startled by a sonic boom, strong enough to shake walls, rattle windows and cause the citizens to call their local
police offices, demanding explanations. This particular speeder, however, could not only outrun any highway-patrol cruiser in Delaware, but was beyond
the reach of anyone else in the state.
Even the US Air Force, with its surveillance radars at Dover Air Force Base, was unable to identify the miscreant.
The incident was not isolated. A rudimentary data search turns up a stream of such incidents since the early 1990s, from Florida to Nebraska, Colorado
and California, with a similar pattern: a loud and inexplicable boom. The phantom boomers appear to avoid densely populated areas, and the stories
usually go no further than the local paper. Only a few local papers have a searchable website, so it is highly probable that only a minority of boom
events are reported outside the affected area.
The first conclusion from this data is that supersonic aircraft are operating over US. Secondly, we may conclude that the USAF and other services
either cannot identify them, or that they are misleading the public because the operations are secret.
The latter case is supported by the existence of a massive secret structure, which can truly be described as a 'shadow military', and which exists
in parallel with the programs that the Department of Defense (DoD) discloses in public. It is protected by a security system of great complexity.
Since 1995, two high-level commissions have reported on this system, and have concluded that it is too complex; that it is immensely expensive,
although its exact costs defy measurement; that it includes systematic efforts to confuse and disinform the public; and that in some cases it favors
security over military utility. The defense department, however, firmly resists any attempt to reform this system.
As the Clinton administration begins its last year in office, it continues to spend an unprecedented proportion of the Pentagon budget on 'black'
programs - that is, projects that are so highly classified they cannot be identified in public. The total sums involved are relatively easy to
calculate. In the unclassified version of the Pentagon's budget books, some budget lines are identified only by codenames. Other classified programs
are covered by vague collective descriptions, and the dollar numbers for those line items are deleted.
However, it is possible to estimate the total value of those items by subtracting the unclassified items from the category total.
In Financial Year 2001 (FY01), the USAF plans to spend US$4.96 billion on classified research and development programs. Because white-world R&D is
being cut back, this figure is planned to reach a record 39% of total USAF R&D. It is larger than the entire army R&D budget and two-thirds the size
of the entire navy R&D budget. The USAF's US$7.4 billion budget for classified procurement is more than a third of the service's total budget.