NORAD official: I can’t tell you what ‘it’ is. . . but it’s not a missile

Everyone is still speculating about the strange contrail in the sky off the coast of Southern California Monday night and the phones at NORAD have been ringing off the hooks.

In fact, when I called, a NORAD official who seemed down right frustrated said, “It was not a missile launch.”

“I can't tell you what it is,” he said. “My job is to tell you what its not – and it's not a missile.”

That still leaves the mystery a, well,  mystery.

NORAD sent an official press release admitting that the military establishment can't say what was in California's skies.

“While there is nothing at this time that leads the Department of Defense to believe this is a missile launch, the department and other US government agencies with expertise in aviation and space continue to look into the condensation trail (CONTRAIL),” the press release stated.

Some have speculated that what people saw was an optical illusion in which a normal jetliner contrail appeared to rise like a missile.

My question is, if that is the case, why can't the experts in the Defense Department readily make that assessment and confirm it publicly?

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