Skip to comments.U.S. tracked Chinese spy balloon from the start but held off on attack, NORAD commander says
Posted on 02/06/2023 7:01:03 PM PST by bitt
NORAD, the Pentagon‘s command defending North America, was tracking the Chinese surveillance balloon well before it entered U.S. or Canadian airspace, its commander said Monday, noting that at about 200 feet tall and carrying a payload the size of a jet airliner, it would have been hard for trackers to miss.
But Air Force Gen. Glen VanHerck, commander of NORAD, said that as the suspected spy surveillance craft made its way across Alaska and Canada before crossing back into U.S. territory last week, there wasn’t much the military could do without a presidential order to act, given there was no imminent threat seen to the homeland.
“The domain awareness was there as it approached Alaska. It was my assessment that this balloon did not present a physical or military threat to North America,” Gen. VanHerck told Pentagon reporters on Monday. “I could not take immediate action because it was not demonstrating a hostile act or hostile intent.”
After the large, white balloon drifted across the U.S. for several days, including over a number of sensitive military sites, a US F-22 jet fighter shot the balloon down over the Atlantic Ocean off the South Carolina coast. The Navy sent the USS Carter Hall, a dock landing ship, and the USNS Pathfinder, an oceanographic survey ship, to search an area of a little under a square mile for any debris.
Conditions were too rough on Sunday but the search effort was well underway on Monday, Gen. VanHerck said.
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get the hook.
matter of fact, get a barrel full of hooks.
Even Panetta said this thing should have been shot down over our Aleutian Islands.
Now that everyone knows they can’t track a balloon it’s time to concoct another fairy tail
Balloon With 3 Hypersonic Missiles Tested by China in 2018
Better to err on the side of caution. It should have been shot down in the Pacific....and never permitted to cross the country....NEVER....
An identified balloon from an identified enemy power is approaching your country.
Should it have dropped bombs first??
Would we have let Soviet Bears penetrate that far into our air space during the Cold War??
He should be immediately removed.
I noticed his comment, too....Didn’t he shut down the skies on 9-11?
But they failed to detect the three balloons that arrived during the Trump Administration? Oh - okay?
U-2 Spy Planes Snooped On Chinese Surveillance Balloon
Doesn’t the U2 fly about the same height as the balloon?
Wasn’t the military gaining intelligence from intercepted signals?
They had days to prepare.
There’s more to this story.
They waited until the balloon finished its mission.
Haha spellcheck fun!
“They waited until the balloon finished its mission.”
Waiting on the check to clear????
It was a UFO, no it was a weather balloon...
Biden must be adhering to William Prescott’s orders at Bunker Hill of “Don’t Fire Until You see the White of Their Eyes.”
So again it comes down to the fact that Biden ALLOWED it.
Yep, let’s change the story again. That’s the ticket.
Sort of like Pearl Harbor 2023.
Pentagon testing mass surveillance balloons across the US [From 2019] FR thread 2/3/2023
And here is a current sit-rep on the hundreds of surveillance balloons the U.S. government is keeping an eye on us with. Notice that they're not looking at the border with Mexico much.
Saturday Special SITREP 2.4.23 - Balloons Everywhere! Monkey Werx US video 14:32
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