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  • Pentagon tracking another mysterious aerial object: Report

    05/02/2023 8:01:26 AM PDT · by Roman_War_Criminal · 14 replies
    American Military News ^ | 5/1/23 | Liz Lawrence
    The Pentagon is tracking another balloon that flew over Hawaii and is moving toward Mexico, U.S. officials said, according to NBC News. Three U.S. officials told NBC that the object did not fly over any sensitive locations. It’s unclear who is behind the mysterious aerial object. The U.S. military, which has been tracking the balloon since last week, said it is not a threat to national security or air traffic, one official added.
  • US Defense Department tracking another balloon traveling between Hawaii and Mexico

    05/01/2023 3:00:59 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    MSN via Fox News ^ | 05/01/2023 | Greg Wehner
    The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) is tracking another high-altitude balloon that crossed over Hawaii and is heading toward Mexico. The DoD and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) detected and tracked an unmanned balloon off the coast of Hawaii on April 28, which was floating at about 36,000 feet, a DoD spokesman said. The ownership of the balloon is unknown and according to the spokesman, there was no indication that it was being maneuvered or controlled by a foreign or adversarial actor. When the balloon crossed into U.S. airspace over Hawaii, it did not float over critical infrastructure used for defense...
  • Chinese spy balloon gathered intelligence from sensitive U.S. military sites, despite U.S. efforts to block it

    04/03/2023 4:28:41 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 37 replies
    NBC News / Comcast ^ | April 3, 2023 | By Courtney Kube and Carol E. Lee
    The Chinese spy balloon that flew across the U.S. was able to gather intelligence from several sensitive American military sites, despite the Biden administration’s efforts to block it from doing so, according to two current senior U.S. officials and one former senior administration official. China was able to control the balloon so it could make multiple passes over some of the sites (at times flying figure eight formations) and transmit the information it collected back to Beijing in real time, the three officials said. The intelligence China collected was mostly from electronic signals, which can be picked up from weapons...
  • The Sharks Are Circling - Russia And China Take Aim At The World's Undersea Cable Network

    02/28/2023 8:17:16 PM PST · by george76 · 76 replies
    AND Magazine ^ | Feb 23, 2023 | Sam Faddis
    We live in a world created in 1945. The United States is the world’s dominant political, economic, and military power. We treat those facts as if they are somehow immutable. They are not. We are standing on the brink of losing it all. The Biden administration continues to blunder forward with its reckless policy of escalation in Ukraine treating the entire enterprise as if it were a video game of some sort. There are in the minds of these men and women no consequences for their actions. Only the other side takes losses. Only the other side feels pain. ......
  • Pentagon releases pilot’s close-up photo of Chinese balloon

    02/23/2023 11:50:42 AM PST · by VanShuyten · 55 replies
    AP ^ | 2/22/2023 | TARA COPP
    A U-2 pilot flying high above the Chinese spy balloon took a close-up photo of the large white orb just a day before the Air Force shot it down off the South Carolina coast.
  • DEVELOPING: Pilots Spot ‘Large White Balloon’ Off Hawaii

    02/19/2023 5:54:14 PM PST · by McGruff · 111 replies
    BREAKING 911 ^ | February 19, 2023
    Air traffic control has reported the sighting of a large white balloon off the coast of northeast of Hawaii on Sunday. The Oakland Oceanic Air Traffic Control Center received a message stating that the balloon was observed over the Pacific Ocean, about 594 miles northeast of Honolulu. The object seemed to be flying at an altitude of 40,000 to 50,000 feet, according to reports. Pilots were advised to report if they spot the object. Further information about the sighting is currently unavailable. Multiple balloons have been shot down by American forces this month.
  • UFO shot down by $400,000 US missile may have been a $12 hobby balloon: report

    02/19/2023 3:09:47 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    New York Post ^ | 02/17/2023 | Katherine Donlevy
    One of the UFOs shot down last weekend by the US Air Force with a $400,000 missile may have simply been a $12 balloon belonging to an Illinois enthusiast club, a report said. The Northern Illinois Bottlecap Balloon Brigade told Aviation Week on Thursday that it fears one of its diligently tracked gasbags that recently went missing was the mystery object taken out by the military over Canada on Saturday.The Pico Balloon — silver-coated, cylindrically shaped object — reported its last position at 38,910 feet off the west coast of Alaska on Friday.By Saturday, based on the balloon’s projected path,...
  • F-22 Raptor vs 12 Buck Science Project

    02/19/2023 10:45:10 AM PST · by Starman417 · 16 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 02-19-23 | Larry Brandes
    A deadly air battle took place over Alaska on February 10th. That historical event was part of Biden's new, improved strategy to shoot down everything flying over America. Apparently, Biden is still embarrassed that citizens actually noticed a Chinese spy balloon floating "across 2,000 miles of American airspace untouched." Oops. We weren't supposed to find out-but we did and now the White House has declared zero tolerance for anything flying. On February 10, 2023, a UFO (Unidentified Flying Object) was spotted flying at 38,910 feet over Alaska. A USAF, F-22 was scrambled to intercept and destroy said target. The pilot...
  • Cruz responds after Biden allegedly authorized $200 million fighter jet to shoot down $12 science project

    02/17/2023 8:39:18 AM PST · by george76 · 51 replies
    Fox News ^ | February 17, 2023 | Lawrence Richard |
    Small pico balloons typically range between $12 and $180 while an F-22 Raptor is estimated to be around $200 million ... Sen. Ted Cruz took to Twitter Thursday to criticize Joe Biden for ordering an F-22 fighter jet to shoot down what may have been a hobby club’s science project off the coast of Alaska earlier last week. Cruz, R-Texas, joked that Biden’s decision to authorize the $200 million fighter jet to use a $400,000 missile to shoot down what may have been a $12 balloon serves as a "powerful deterrence" to high school students interested in creating their own...
  • What Biden Appears to Have Shot Down Over Lake Huron Is Clown-Show Stuff: We finally have an explanation for why the Biden administration has been so tight-lipped about the UFO shot down

    02/16/2023 7:19:38 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    Red State ^ | 02/16/2023 | Bonchie
    Do we finally have an explanation for why the Biden administration has been so tight-lipped about the unidentified flying object shot down over Lake Huron?It wasn’t until Thursday that the president finally addressed the matter, providing essentially no details as to what was intercepted and downed four days prior. That was in stark contrast to the incessant bragging about the downing of a Chinese spy balloon off the coast of South Carolina.So why all the secrecy? The answer seems to be that the truth is incredibly embarrassing.JUST IN – A small, globe-trotting balloon declared “missing in action” by an Illinois-based...
  • Illinois hobby club fears its balloon was shot down by the USAF; NORAD responds

    02/16/2023 4:30:29 PM PST · by billorites · 2 replies
    FoxNews ^ | February 16, 2023 | Bradford Betz
    In the days since the Air Force shot down three unidentified objects out of the sky, questions linger about just what these objects actually were. On Thursday, a report by Aviation Week offered an hypothesis about what one of those three objects could be: a "missing in action" globe-trotting balloon belonging to an Illinois-based hobbyist club. In this photo provided by Chad Fish, a large balloon drifts above the Atlantic Ocean, just off the coast of South Carolina, with a fighter jet and its contrail seen below it, on Saturday, Feb. 4. In this photo provided by Chad Fish, a...
  • Illinois hobby club fears its balloon was shot down by the USAF

    02/16/2023 1:51:13 PM PST · by navysealdad · 78 replies
    In the days since the U.S. Air Force shot down three unidentified objects out of the sky, questions linger about just what these objects actually were. On Thursday, a report by Aviation Week offered an intriguing hypothesis about what one of those three objects could be: a "missing in action" globe-trotting balloon belonging to an Illinois-based hobbyist club. The Northern Illinois Bottlecap Balloon Brigade’s (NIBBB) silver-coated, party-style "pico balloon" reported its last position on Feb. 10 at nearly 40,000 ft. off the west coast of Alaska.
  • President Biden Delivers Remarks on U.S. Response to Aerial Objects

    02/16/2023 10:58:07 AM PST · by John W · 62 replies
    C-SPAN ^ | February 16, 2023 | President Joe Biden
    President Biden delivers remarks on the downing of unidentified aerial objects last weekend, as well as the Chinese spy balloon off the coast of North Carolina last week.
  • Menendez: ‘I Think We Succeeded Largely’ in Keeping Spy Balloon from Getting ‘Incredible’ Info. and Minimized Potential Info. It Could Get

    02/15/2023 5:13:39 PM PST · by ChicagoConservative27 · 33 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 02/15/2023 | Ian hatchett
    On Wednesday’s “CNN Newsroom,” Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ) called for the U.S. to take on China “in a much more robust way than we are” and responded to a question on whether he’s confident in assertions that the U.S. was able to jam the spy balloon from transmitting information to China by stating that he thinks the U.S. “worked to minimize any potential signatures that our sensitive sites had that could have been picked up” by China’s spy balloon and he believes “we succeeded largely in avoiding” the balloon capturing “incredible information.” Co-host Bianna Golodryga...
  • Kamala Harris Says Chinese Spy Balloon Episode Should Not Impact Relations with China

    02/15/2023 9:13:17 AM PST · by ChicagoConservative27 · 26 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 02-15-2023 | Jacob Bliss
    Vice President Kamala Harris told Politico during an interview Tuesday the U.S. military downing a suspected Chinese spy balloon should not impact diplomatic relations with communist China. “I don’t think so, no,” she told the outlet while arguing the Biden administration seeks “competition” with Beijing and “not conflict or confrontation.” The vice president also noted she made similar comments to the Chinese communist dictator Xi Jinping in November when they met at the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Bangkok. “Everything that has happened in the last week and a half is, we believe, very consistent with our stated approach,”...
  • A determined car driver follows a Chinese balloon (humor)

    02/14/2023 9:53:29 AM PST · by Leaning Right · 4 replies
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    I saw this posted on another site. It was just too good not to share here.
  • UFOs? Airborne objects? What we know about 4 recent shootdowns

    02/14/2023 7:51:56 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 29 replies
    NPR ^ | 02/16/2023 | BILL CHAPPELL
    Feb. 12: Lake Huron Location and altitude: The object was around 20,000 feet, soaring near the eastern portion of Michigan's Upper Peninsula. It was shot down over Lake Huron, "about 15 nautical miles east of the Upper Peninsula," VanHerck said. Size and shape: "It presented as an octagonal structure with strings hanging off but no discernable payload," a senior Biden administration official said. What shot it down: An F-16, firing an AIM-9X Sidewinder missile. Reason given: "We did not assess it to be a kinetic military threat to anything on the ground," the North American Aerospace Defense Command said, "but...
  • Top lawmaker reveals Chinese spy balloon 'did a lot of damage' — and he connects the dots of its flight path

    02/14/2023 6:57:40 AM PST · by george76 · 33 replies
    Blaze Media/News ^ | February 13, 2023 | CHRIS ENLOE
    House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Michael McCaul revealed Sunday that the Chinese spy balloon that traversed the United States "did a lot of damage." Speaking on CBS News' "Face the Nation," the Texas Republican explained that by not preemptively downing the balloon, the Biden administration essentially allowed China to gather intelligence on areas sensitive to national security. The noteworthy revelation came after host Margaret Brennan asked McCaul about new restrictions enacted on six Chinese companies whose technology was used in the spy balloon's construction. "It will be one of my number-one priorities, as the chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee...
  • An update on the balloon saga: A major piece of the payload that was hanging under the balloon has been recovered

    02/13/2023 8:39:10 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 57 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/13/2023 | John Sexton
    Let’s start with the balloon whose story is the most clear, i.e. the Chinese spy balloon that flew over the US this month. That balloon was shot down over the ocean off the coast of South Carolina. You may have seen photos of portions of the balloon being pulled into a boat. These images were taken last week.The DoD has released photos of the recovery operation off the coast of South Carolina to gather the CCP spy balloon debris.Credit: Petty Officer 1st Class Tyler— Julio Rosas (@Julio_Rosas11) February 13, 2023Today the DOD released even more photos of the ongoing...
  • Thanks to Schumer We Know Why They Didn't Take Out Balloon Instantly - It's What We All Feared

    02/13/2023 11:50:14 AM PST · by Tench_Coxe · 43 replies
    China’s intelligence capability may be even greater than we’ve feared.Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer claimed that the spy balloon that crossed the continental United States this month was redundant from an intelligence perspective, speaking on ABC News’ This Week Sunday. (snip)If Schumer is incorrect, or being deliberately deceitful