I was under the impression the balloon bomb program was a failure. They were hoping to start huge forest fires and didnt and if i remember right only 1 person died finding onr by accident.
As a terror tactic it could have been huge. Compare it to what Muscum do today with the help of the media, which is why the media during WWII knew what it would mean to the Japanese war effort if they announced every balloon that made it to shore.
The media makes terrorism out to be much bigger than it comparatively speaking. More people die daily from car accidents, texting while walking kills more than terrorists, but did they outlaw texting while walking?
Nope, it doesn't strike an emotional note, it doesn't sell papers or ad time.
"The U.S. government muzzled the media about making any mention of the balloons in fear that whoever was producing them might be encouraged to send more. On March 5, 1945 a minister’s wife and five Sunday School students on a fishing trip were killed by one of the grounded balloons near Bly, Oregon while attempting to pull it through the forest, back to their camp. These were the only casualties of the balloon bombs during the war and the victim’s relatives were provided with a special death benefit after the war ended (in March 1946). The American public was made aware of the balloons after these tragic deaths, but word of their detonation never filtered back to the Japanese."http://web.mst.edu/~rogersda/forensic_geology/Japenese%20vengenance%20bombs%20new.htm