The Military Cover-Up
After an announcement in the papers about a mysterious balloon that landed in Wyoming, the military quickly realized that they had to quiet the media. They didn’t want people to panic about the presence of silent balloon bombs that could attack them, and they didn’t want the Japanese to know if their balloon bombs had succeeded.
In January 1945, the military told newspaper editors and radio broadcasters not to report on any of the balloon sightings. In a remarkable show of unity, none of the media reported on them from that point on – even though balloon bombs were dropping as far north as Canada and as far south as Northern Mexico. This cover-up would unfortunately come back to hurt U.S. citizens.