In this day and age, I believe in taking information from as many sources as possible, and if possible, seek consistency in a particular story among different sites.
This missile story is one example, because often you only get to the root of stories from deep digging. Especially those stories in which a particular spin is being put forth from government sources.
Now, to the missile story. Based on a variety of sources, one can pretty much rule out the "airplane contrail" story. That leaves a missile as the most likely explanation. The problem with that is - the U.S. has denied that it launched any missiles at that location. So if the U.S. didn't launch this missile - who did? And why was it launched?
Lt. General Mcinerney: "I am absolutely certain that its not an aircraft
There is a fascinating video link in this link that is well worth watching.
Additionally, the article contains the following:
However, Retired Airforce Lt. General Tom Mcinerney, with no reservations stated that this object was clearly a missile saying:
"Well first of all, I do not agree with the assertion Sean. And your question is, we should get a definitive answer. You're absolutely correct. Look, this is not an airplane because of the plume, and the way you see that plume. Airplanes do not con at sea level or 5000 ft like that.
I spent 35 yrs flying fighters, and I never saw an airplane con like that. That is a missile - it's launched from a submarine, and you can see it go through a correction course, and then it gives a very smooth trajectory meaning that the guidance system has now kicked in, it's going at about a 45 degrees away from you that's why you're not seeing a lot of vertical velocity."
I've watched that film 10 times, I've watched 15 other Trident films, SM 3.. Standard missile threes, and T Lam launches.... I am absolutely certain that that is not an aircraft."
The following article comes from a site that I have several "problems" with, and would rather not discuss them. However, the vast majority of the article is quoting from a website that I am not a member of, but have read a number of solid articles which have come from the site.
Having said that, its just too interesting and it makes too much sense to ignore. As mentioned, situations that are this controversial usually evade the "mainstream" and ends up on more conspiratorial sites. So take it with a grain of salt - but this proposed scenario wouldn't surprise me one bit - and it makes a lot of sense:
Wayne Madsen: China Fired Missile Seen in Southern Califoenia
There are no records of a plane in the area having taken off from Los Angeles International Airport or from other airports in the region. The Navy and Air Force have said that they were not conducting any missile tests from submarines, ships, or Vandenberg Air Force Base. The Navy has also ruled out an accidental firing from one of its own submarines.
Missile experts, including those from Jane’s in London, say the plume was definitely from a missile, possibly launched from a submarine. WMR has learned that the missile was likely a JL-2 ICBM, which has a range of 7,000 miles, and was fired in a northwesterly direction over the Pacific and away from U.S. territory from a Jin class submarine. The Jin class can carry up to twelve such missiles.
To make a quick point here, "Jane's" in London is usually very well regarded for their military information and accuracy.
Navy sources have revealed that the missile may have impacted on Chinese territory and that the National Security Agency (NSA) likely posseses intercepts of Chinese telemtry signals during the missile firing and subsequent testing operations.
Asian intelligence sources believe the submarine transited from its base on Hainan through South Pacific waters, where U.S. anti-submarine warfare detection capabilities are not as effective as they are in the northern and mid-Pacific, and then transited north to waters off of Los Angeles. The Pentagon, which has spent billions on ballistic missile defense systems, a pet project of former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, is clearly embarrassed over the Chinese show of strength.
According to Japanese intelligence sources, Beijing has been angry over United States and allied naval exercises in the South China and Yellow Seas, in what China considers its sphere of influence, and the missile firing within the view of people in Southern California was a demonstration that China’s navy can also play in waters off the American coast.
WMR’s intelligence sources in Asia, including Japan, say the belief by the military commands in Asia and the intelligence services is that the Chinese decided to demonstrate to the United States its capabilities on the eve of the G-20 Summit in Seoul and the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Tokyo, where President Obama is scheduled to attend during his ten-day trip to Asia.
Its hard to know how to categorize this incident, but it sure is intriguing.