This is a really unusual story, and several of you sent it to me. Indeed, it's so unusual that I have to comment on what it says, but the really important things are what it is not saying. As usual, it is RT that broke the story on April 12, 2015:

Russia's space defense troops spot foreign spying satellites

I want to draw your attention to the curious "reportage" of the first four paragraphs of this article:

"A group of electronic reconnaissance satellites disguised as space junk has been disclosed by Russian aerospace defense troops. The devices were put into orbit to spy specifically on facilities on Russian territory.

“'Most recently, experts of the Main Space Intelligence Center disclosed a tyro group of electronic reconnaissance satellites. This satellite constellation is being developed to carry out communications surveillance of the facilities based inside Russian Federation territory,' commander of the Space Command, Major-General Oleg Maidanovich, informed Zvezda TV channel.

"The developed satellites were disguised as space trash, which is a normal practice, noted the commander.

"Major-General was reluctant to report on state affiliation of the exposed space vehicles, saying 'So far, there is no need for this.”'"(emphasis in the original)

No doubt General Maidanovich was under orders from Moscow to keep the "state affiliation" of the spy satellites-cum-space junk under wraps for the moment. And one can think of any number of "state actors" that would want to spy on Russia: the USA certainly tops the list, but one would have to add pretty much any other major power to that list, for varying reasons: the U.K., France, Germany, Italy, India, China, Japan, Israel. The list is pretty well-known, nor does it really contain any surprises.

Until one reads that statement again, and notes the very strange wording: "(The) Major-General was reluctant to report on (the) state affiliation of the exposed space vehicles, saying 'So far, there is no need for this.'"

State affiliation? This is very strange wording indeed for an article on a Russian state-approved media outlet, nor, in my opinion, was it an accidental choice of words. There are two basic ways to take it: (1) the Russians deliberately chose this strange phraseology to get people like me in the West all worked up over nothing, when what they really meant to say was simply "these are some other nation's direct satellites, we're choosing not to name that nation (even though we all know who it is, elbow jab to the ribs, wink wink), but let's have some fun and let the boys at the run a little psyop and see what western blogsites do with it"; or (2) the Russians chose this strange phraseology because they've noticed something about the satellites that leads them to suspect they belong to another type of space actor, one affiliated with a nation state, but not representing it directly.

On that view, the stakes on Russian comment and its implications are raised considerably, for it would mean - for those willing to parse the comment closely, as I am doing here - that Russia has just announced that there's another player on the block, and it's not the usual suspects, but one affiliated with one of them. Now, while the odds of this being the reading of the remark are probably very low, nonetheless I find it intriguing to explore, for once one says "affiliation," what sort of affiliation and agency would one be dealing with?

One thing that comes to mind are the many defense contractors in the various western countries: Lockheed, British Aerospace or Marconi, Olivetti, Dassault, Mitsubishi, and so on. In that case, one would have the presence of private corporate spy satellites spying on a nation-state(and probably not just Russia), and bypassing the security apparati of their own countries with whom they have long been "affiliated": The USA in Lockheed's case, the UK with British Aerospace and Marconi, Italy with Olivetti, France with Dassault, and so on. If that sounds far-fetched, then think again. One need only recall that for globaloney-ism of all stripes from Marxist through Fascist to the "kinder gentler" globaloney of the West, the nation-state is supposed to be obsolete and will eventually fade away into the glorious global synarchist paradise of corporations and international "regulatory bodies and compacts". Why wouldn't they want to get their communications, surveillance, and weapons assets into space as soon as possible?

But while the corporate "affiliation" seems the most likely interpretation to put on the second possibility, there are others: political parties and religious organizations being the two that spring to mind from the lessons of western history, and the long associations of certain types of religious and political institutions with certain nations. Could private corporate, political party, or religious institutions develop a private launch capability? Certainly, if they were wealthy enough to do so, and held enough influence - via equity - in the technologies corporations to do so. Could such satellites be launched without anyone else detecting them? With chemical rockets, probably not, but with other means of getting satllites up there, possibly.

The bottom line here is this: this is a curious article, one that hardly needed to be written by RT in the way it was phrased, since, as the article itself avers, disguising spy satellites as space junk is a fairly standard practice for people launching spy satellites. And detecting someone else's spy satellites flying overhead is standard behavior as well. Russia, the European powers, China, India, Japan, the USA, all monitor space junk and each other's spy satellites. In short, there was no reason for RT to run an article saying "We found spy satellites flying over our country disguised as space junk." Big deal. A non-story.

....except for that one strange turn of phrase, and that, I'm betting, was the reason they ran the story...

See you on the flip side...

(My deep thanks to all of you who brought this story to my attention!)



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Joseph P. Farrell

Joseph P. Farrell has a doctorate in patristics from the University of Oxford, and pursues research in physics, alternative history and science, and "strange stuff". His book The Giza DeathStar, for which the Giza Community is named, was published in the spring of 2002, and was his first venture into "alternative history and science".


  1. jedi on April 23, 2015 at 3:25 pm

    kong has invaded the banks….crossing the cube as they say. So much for the chess chumps and the royalty game.
    probably artificial banks…lol.

  2. Aang on April 19, 2015 at 9:05 pm

    Is it something to do with the Russia’s gigantic new space launch complex in Siberia? They surely want to keep an eye on it.

  3. eric on April 19, 2015 at 8:17 pm

    I wonder if this is all related to the BRICS/china bank fiasco as some sort of war being waged between this “breakaway civilization” and the “rest of the world”. Perhaps the “rest of the world” has decided to cooperate for now, in order to play catch up with the breakaway civilization. Could this also somehow be related with this sudden interest in going to mars. Who knows. Since China has just recently sent a lander to the moon, doesn’t this mean that they have the technology to prevent any hostile powers from stopping them from it’s discoveries. Wouldn’t it be nice to be an insider for a change instead of speculating?

  4. DownunderET on April 19, 2015 at 2:50 pm

    How do you disguise a space satelite? answer put a space junk suit on it.
    This madness about spying is getting so weird that the guys in charge seem to be obsessed in what the other guy is doing 24/7. So ok, you know what the other guy is doing, BUT, the real trick is, to know what he’s thinking.
    When they invent something that will tell them what the other guy is thinking, only then will you have the ultimate weapon, eh think about it(sorry about the pun).

    • nines on April 19, 2015 at 3:07 pm

      They’re working on that.

  5. nines on April 19, 2015 at 12:53 pm

    It’s the Nordics on Saturn keeping an eye on us. While they tend to pass as supermodels here, they’re not very deep thinkers, clumsy in their subterfuges. This is a shame because they’re going to fail in saving us from our fascist overlords when they’re this ham-fisted with their intel… unless… unless, of course, the good reptiles in underground bases here can weaken the bad ones enough first….

    [I’m not serious.]

  6. marcos toledo on April 19, 2015 at 8:45 am

    Yes states without the duties and responsibilities of a officially recognize government. NAZI International, transnational corporations, secret societies going back yes Dana the 1890’s mysterious airships a la Jules Verne’s Master Of The World novel. With billionaires with money to burn the suspect list is endless.

  7. Aridzonan_13 on April 19, 2015 at 8:44 am

    `Tis a big game and there are no programs. So, we don’t know who the real players are.. We can guess. Let’s say SPECTRE / BCCI / JPM are all in that category.

  8. loisg on April 19, 2015 at 8:21 am

    I think you are right on the money with your assessment of what could be happening here. When we consider that certain “too big to fail” banks are aligned with covert military and intelligence networks, then this has to be considered a state of some sort. What I find so disturbing about these ‘states’ is that they answer to no one, including any government oversight, and it’s extremely difficult to imagine them having the welfare of any humans as a major concern.

  9. DanaThomas on April 19, 2015 at 8:09 am

    Maybe those people who put up airships in the 1890s have graduated to satellites, geostationary ones to boot.
    As for the strange phraseology, there could well be something here since RT has an excellent command of the nuances of the English language. More so than many Anglo-Oligarch-Morons.

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