eli5, how do we not know what did the object flying over alaska?

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Dont those f22’s have some kind of cameras, or why did they shot it down before having some information?

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Anonymous 0 Comments

Who is “we”? The government isn’t known for being super transparent about anything, let alone unexplained aerial phenomena.

Anonymous 0 Comments

1. If simply taking a photograph was all you needed, there wouldn’t have been a Project Blue Book in the first place.
2. When you shoot down objects from literally miles away, you might not get all that good of a picture. The flight ceiling of the F22 is 50,000 feet, the object is reported to have been at 60-70,000 feet.

They probably should have at least made sure that it was not a weather balloon. Almost anything else you can shoot down just for being in your airspace by international treaty, but not weather balloons.

EDIT: An additional note, the government didn’t say that they were unable to tell what it was. The spokesperson who released that information said that they, the spokesperson, didn’t have the information at this time.

Anonymous 0 Comments

The photos taken by F-22s don’t get immediately forwarded to the New York Times. It’s very possible that someone in the military/government knows exactly what happened, but they are waiting to share it with the public (and by extension, whoever was responsible for the object in the first place), if they are ever going to share at all.

Anonymous 0 Comments

Who is “we”? The government isn’t known for being super transparent about anything, let alone unexplained aerial phenomena.

Anonymous 0 Comments

As a general rule the military does not release footage, and even when it does it is only after several rounds of declassification reviews which takes some time. The quality of the footage also varies a lot depending on weather and other conditions so it might not be that anything is visible at all. The air force have not required visuals on the target they shoot down for quite a number of years. There are also very few civilians living in the arctic ocean and even if they knew where to point their cameras it could have been overcast.

When you hear press secretaries say that they do not have any more information at this time it means that they personally do not know more, or at least not that they can tell the reporters. It is basically them saying that they do not take questions on this subject. It does not mean that nobody in the entire government have any more information then what is being said. The radar and airplane operators have a lot of information and only pass on some of that to the Pentagon, the intelligence services also have a ton of information and only share the relevant information to those who need it. The Pentagon also filters all this information so that only a tiny bit of it gets to the White House and the President, just enough for them to make a decision. And lastly the press secretary is only given some of this information, and even still they might get information that they are not allowed to tell anyone. So you are left with a tiny statement containing all the information that they can tell the reporters at the press conference. They do not have any more information about the event to share with the reporters.

Anonymous 0 Comments

1. If simply taking a photograph was all you needed, there wouldn’t have been a Project Blue Book in the first place.
2. When you shoot down objects from literally miles away, you might not get all that good of a picture. The flight ceiling of the F22 is 50,000 feet, the object is reported to have been at 60-70,000 feet.

They probably should have at least made sure that it was not a weather balloon. Almost anything else you can shoot down just for being in your airspace by international treaty, but not weather balloons.

EDIT: An additional note, the government didn’t say that they were unable to tell what it was. The spokesperson who released that information said that they, the spokesperson, didn’t have the information at this time.

Anonymous 0 Comments

The photos taken by F-22s don’t get immediately forwarded to the New York Times. It’s very possible that someone in the military/government knows exactly what happened, but they are waiting to share it with the public (and by extension, whoever was responsible for the object in the first place), if they are ever going to share at all.

Anonymous 0 Comments

As a general rule the military does not release footage, and even when it does it is only after several rounds of declassification reviews which takes some time. The quality of the footage also varies a lot depending on weather and other conditions so it might not be that anything is visible at all. The air force have not required visuals on the target they shoot down for quite a number of years. There are also very few civilians living in the arctic ocean and even if they knew where to point their cameras it could have been overcast.

When you hear press secretaries say that they do not have any more information at this time it means that they personally do not know more, or at least not that they can tell the reporters. It is basically them saying that they do not take questions on this subject. It does not mean that nobody in the entire government have any more information then what is being said. The radar and airplane operators have a lot of information and only pass on some of that to the Pentagon, the intelligence services also have a ton of information and only share the relevant information to those who need it. The Pentagon also filters all this information so that only a tiny bit of it gets to the White House and the President, just enough for them to make a decision. And lastly the press secretary is only given some of this information, and even still they might get information that they are not allowed to tell anyone. So you are left with a tiny statement containing all the information that they can tell the reporters at the press conference. They do not have any more information about the event to share with the reporters.