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WHO IS SERIOUS CONCERNING THE WOT?

Posted on 02/01/2006 11:39:06 AM PST by 7thson

Below is what I just sent via email to the editors of the Washington ComPost. And I ask the same question to everyone in FR land - why should I report anything when no one seems to take it serious?


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KEYWORDS: balloon; police; restrictedairspace; secretservice; waronterror; washington; wot
I am sitting in my cubicle on the 12th floor in a builiding located on Ft. Myer Drive in Rosslyn, Va. I can see the planes arriving to Reagan National every five minutes. I notice something unusual and putting my glasses back on, I see what appears to be a balloon approximately 200-300 yards outside the window. It is not a blimp, there is no steering mechanism and it is carrying a payload. I call the Washington Metro Police Department - excuse me, the Metropolitian Police Department - and I speak with a woman who sounds bored with the incident. She wants me to call Arlington Police. I call the U.S. Secret Service and speak to someone within their intelligence division. I inform the gentleman I see a ballon, lowering to the ground with a payload. No further questions. A thank you and goodbye.

My question - who is serious about the War on Terror? Why should I report something suspicious if those in authority yawn in response?

1 posted on 02/01/2006 11:39:09 AM PST by 7thson
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To: 7thson

Maybe because they know what it is, a balloon.


2 posted on 02/01/2006 11:41:09 AM PST by mnehring (Perry 06- It's better than a hippie in a cowboy hat or a commie with blue hair.)
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To: 7thson

Homeland Security Terrorism Tip Line - 1-888-292-1919


3 posted on 02/01/2006 11:41:13 AM PST by icwhatudo (The rino borg...is resistance futile?)
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To: 7thson
My question - who is serious about the War on Terror? Why should I report something suspicious if those in authority yawn in response?

You should report it because it's the right thing to do. What the authorities do with it then becomes their step of responsible action. How would you feel if you saw it, said nothing, and then several blocks are slaughtered from a release of poison gas killing hundreds?

4 posted on 02/01/2006 11:42:03 AM PST by highlander_UW (I don't know what my future holds, but I know Who holds my future)
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To: 7thson

My question is, how do you know that they are just yawning, simply because YOU don't see anything going on?


5 posted on 02/01/2006 11:42:27 AM PST by Wvoter
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To: 7thson

I certainly wouldn't bother with the Metro Police Department. The chief should have left town with The Moose after the sniper case.


6 posted on 02/01/2006 11:43:08 AM PST by Rummyfan
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To: 7thson

Ask them if they're logged in, and suggest they check that their beeber is stuned.


7 posted on 02/01/2006 11:43:09 AM PST by adam_az (It's the border, stupid!)
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To: highlander_UW

I know, I know. It's just frustrating, that's all. Shortly after 9/11 - about a month or so after - down on Pennslyvania and 7th, NW, I saw three swarthy looking people filming the surrounding buildings. I called the FBI tip line at the time and got a recording. I left a message but it was so hard to get through.


8 posted on 02/01/2006 11:47:16 AM PST by 7thson (I've got a seat at the big conference table! I'm gonna paint my logo on it!)
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To: Wvoter

Because there are no follow up questions. Where are you located? Approximately how far from your window? What does it look like? Is it doing anything strange such as manuvering? Things of that nature.


9 posted on 02/01/2006 11:48:50 AM PST by 7thson (I've got a seat at the big conference table! I'm gonna paint my logo on it!)
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To: 7thson
You did the right thing.
10 posted on 02/01/2006 11:51:46 AM PST by b4its2late (I'm not insensitive, I just don't care.)
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To: 7thson

"why should I report anything when no one seems to take it serious?"

Maybe someday you'll get lucky and someone will actually show some interest. At least if you see something suspicious and report it. You won't have the same feeling of guilt had you not called, should something horrible happen.


11 posted on 02/01/2006 11:53:06 AM PST by WashingtonStateRepublican
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To: 7thson
What I'd do:
"Who am I speaking to? What is your title? Who is YOUR supervisor? What is YOUR supervisor's phone number? Who is his Boss? Did you know the phone number of the Washington Post Investigative Reporting group is 202.334.6000? IF something related to that ballon happens, do you want to guess who I will call first, Mr. XXXXXX, who reports to Mrs. YYYYYYY, aide to Mr. ZZZZZZZZ?"

That'll get a response.

12 posted on 02/01/2006 11:54:32 AM PST by theDentist (Qwerty ergo typo : I type, therefore I misspelll.)
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To: 7thson
I'm looking at the google map of the area in question.

Are you in the Rectangular building towards the South end of Ft. Myer Drive or the one with three spokes towards the North end?

By 200-300 yards do you mean the balloon was rising up over Arlington National Cemetery?

You would be looking over the Pentagon to see the airport right? just getting my bearings

13 posted on 02/01/2006 11:55:21 AM PST by avg_freeper (Gunga galunga. Gunga, gunga galunga)
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To: 7thson

Can you still see the ballon?

Is it a hot air balloon with basket?

Color, size, shape?

How far from airport?

I'd report it as a runaway hot air balloon on collision course with airport-THAT they would take serious.


14 posted on 02/01/2006 11:55:36 AM PST by icwhatudo (The rino borg...is resistance futile?)
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To: avg_freeper

At the risk of giving myself away, the window I am looking out of looks directly onto the intersection of Wilson and Ft. Myer Drive. I am looking in the general direction of Georgetown and the Potomac.


15 posted on 02/01/2006 11:57:44 AM PST by 7thson (I've got a seat at the big conference table! I'm gonna paint my logo on it!)
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To: icwhatudo

It was not big enough to be a hot air balloon and the payload looked small. It was sort of oblong but more round than long, if that makes any sense. The top part was white and the bottom a light blue. It seemed to have some sort of tail attached to hit - like a towel rudder. I noticed it while I was reading something. Like I said, I can see the airplanes. I saw this thing that did not appear to be moving and putting on my glasses, I saw it clearly. I called it out to one of my coworkers. It more or less stayed in the same vicinity for several minutes - appearing to get a little closer and then it went down.


16 posted on 02/01/2006 12:01:09 PM PST by 7thson (I've got a seat at the big conference table! I'm gonna paint my logo on it!)
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To: 7thson

We should put all swarths in prison...no questions.


17 posted on 02/01/2006 12:35:59 PM PST by stuartcr (Everything happens as God wants it to.....otherwise, things would be different.)
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To: 7thson

Bin Ladin said We would see it in our homes, not at work?


18 posted on 02/01/2006 12:40:32 PM PST by wolfcreek
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To: wolfcreek

What if you live on the job? 8-)


19 posted on 02/02/2006 3:33:17 AM PST by 7thson (I've got a seat at the big conference table! I'm gonna paint my logo on it!)
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To: 7thson

Well I am serious about it. That doesn't mean I'm hold up in my bedroom with a year's supply of water and snickers bars. Instead, I am just doing my part to apply what we are told all the time to be true..."That it's not a matter of if, but when we'll be attacked." ...to apply that to my little corner of the world.

I happen to live near Detroit. We have this little thing going on this weekend called the Superbowl. It just so happens to have the largest security operation in US history. Hmm? Why is that I ask? You mean, more than the last Preidential inauguration? More than New Year's Eve at Times Square with several hundred thousands participating? Hmmm...

So I posted this a few weeks ago: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-bloggers/1565487/posts

Some were amused by it, but others see the reasoning behind it and understand that if we all take the time to be more aware and alert we will go a long way to protecting ourselves.

Here's a wild idea...how about CNN, FOXNews, and MSNBC take time out from the Natalie Holloway and George Smith cases and show some mug shots of the terrorists that the FBI has told us are in the US and Canada, have obtained nuclear waste materials, and are hell-bent (well, heaven-bent from their perspective) on killing as many of us as they can with it.

Oh, I forgot, its about ratings, right? GMAB.


20 posted on 02/02/2006 8:58:14 AM PST by 1curiousmind
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To: 1curiousmind

Interesting scenario. If it happens, than what? Will that be enough to wake up the citizens? Will the Congress blame Bush and co? Will the Bush Administration grow some balls and tell the American public that we are fighting multiple enemies? Will Iran, Syria, and the rest of them be turned into glass? I pray to God your are wrong as I am sure you are also doing.


21 posted on 02/02/2006 10:08:50 AM PST by 7thson (I've got a seat at the big conference table! I'm gonna paint my logo on it!)
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