If you've been following space news lately, you'll be interested in this article that was snagged by S.D. and passed along (thank you!).
The article asserts that article five was "clarified" by member nations to include attacks from space:
Article 5 of the alliance's founding treaty, which states that "an armed attack against one or more of them in Europe or North America shall be considered an attack against them all", could also be expanded to cover attacks from space.
If triggered, Article 5 allows such actions as NATO deems necessary, and has only been activated once, in response to the 9/11 terror attacks on New York and Washington, on 11 September 2001.
Outlining NATO's new stance, the heads of state and government in the meeting said they "consider that attacks to, from, or within space present a clear challenge to the security of the alliance".
It went on: "We consider that attacks to, from, or within space present a clear challenge to the security of the alliance, the impact of which could threaten national and Euro-Atlantic prosperity, security, and stability, and could be as harmful to modern societies as a conventional attack. (Boldface emphasis added)
Now what is interesting to ponder here is the timing of the announcement, and the rather careful wording. A cursory read of the announcement would lead on to believe that the principal concern with the announcement are those nations on Earth that possess the ability, or potential ability, to launch an attack on NATO assets in space. One could count those nations with the potential to do so on perhaps two hands, three at best, and those with the ability to do so on perhaps one hand and a couple of fingers. It goes without saying that this possibility is the primary concern of the update.
Indeed, such "clarifications" are the standard language of diplomacy, particularly when nations feel under pressure. In this case, the geopolitical narrative of the West couldn't be clearer, and the principal intended targets of the "message" are Russia and China, and their client states.
But as one might expect, I have a little high octane speculation to advance, and it's a whopper doozy. The timing of the announcement is a bit... well, "odd", since it occurred within a few days of the USA 's latest report on UFOs. Of course, ufology was all in a tizzy over the announcement. But I contend, in and of itself, the announcement was a "nothing burger". However, when connected to other announcements in the same time frame, such as NATO's space attack clarification of article 5, it might be more significant. And before I get to that significance, let me be clear (especially to the "exopolitics" crowd) that what I am doing in the following section is speculation, and only that. I am not offering it as opinion on the nature of UFOs, or as an argument for or proof of the existence of extra-terrestrials. I am only speculating.
With that in mind, consider the unusual nature of the language highlighted in the final paragraph of the quotation: "We consider that attacks to, from, or within space present a clear challenge to the security of the alliance..." and so on. Why the redundancy? Because there are three classes of potential attacks: (1) from the Earth to space, (2) from space to the Earth, and (3) from space-based weapons platforms to other space-based platforms. A moment's reflection on this list will reveal the ambiguity: (1) nations might be in view, or (2) "others", or (3) both "nations" and "others", perhaps acting in collusion or formal alliance. In other words, the "clarification" is very carefully worded. Interestingly enough, the implication of options (2) and (3) imply that the "message" was not simply intended for terrestrial consumption alone, and also imply that some means of diplomatic communication might exist, even if only as a suspicion that "others" are monitoring "us."
It sort of places former Secretary of State John Kerry's visit to Antarctica during a diplomatic junket into an interesting speculative context, not to mention all those strange UFO reports over the years that are related to nuclear weapons facilities...
See you on the flip side...