Started by GDS_Starfury, February 02, 2023, 06:43:31 PM
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QuoteA top Defense official, who was not identified, said Saturday that the Chinese regime's "surveillance balloons transited the continental United States briefly at least three times during the prior administration and once that we know of at the beginning of this administration, but never for this duration of time," according to a transcript released by the Pentagon."We spoke directly with Chinese officials through multiple channels, but rather than address their intrusion into our airspace, the [Chinese regime] put out an explanation that lacked any credibility," the official said.
QuoteMark Esper, who served under Trump as secretary of defense, refuted claims about balloons flying over the United States under the previous administration."I don't ever recall somebody coming into my office or reading anything that the Chinese had a surveillance balloon above the United States," he told CNN. "I would remember that for sure."John Bolton, a former U.S. national security adviser under Trump, said that he never heard of any spy balloons entering U.S. airspace or hovering over U.S. territory while Trump was in office. Bolton, also a Bush administration official when he was in office, also said that he never heard of anything like this happening before he joined the Trump administration in 2018."I don't know of any balloon flights by any power over the United States during my tenure, and I'd never heard of any of that occurring before I joined in 2018," Bolton told Fox News on Sunday. "I haven't heard of anything that occurred after I left either."Responding to claims made over the weekend, Bolton said that the current administration needs to "tell Congress" about any "specific examples." He added that "I can say with 100 percent certainty not during my tenure.""Unequivocally, I have never been briefed on the issue," added Robert O'Brien, who served as White House national security adviser under Trump. "It never came up," he said. "If a balloon had come up, we would have known. Someone in the intelligence community would have known, and it would have bubbled up to me to brief the president," former acting Director of National Intelligence Ric Grenell told Fox."It's not true. I can refute it," former Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe also said. "The American people can refute it for themselves. Do you remember during the Trump administration, when photographers on the ground and commercial airline pilots were talking about a spy balloon over the United States that people could look up and see, even with the naked eye, and that a media that hated Donald Trump wasn't reporting?"
Quote from: GDS_Starfury on February 04, 2023, 04:19:12 PMI for one would like to thank George Santos for taking time out of his busy schedule to shoot this balloon down.
Quote from: Silent Disapproval Robot on February 05, 2023, 06:45:55 PMSo? Is balloon-busting going to make a comeback? Should we start re-equipping pilots with flare guns?
Quote from: W8taminute on February 06, 2023, 11:56:21 AMWhat I find almost comical in this whole thing is we live in a day and age where a satellite can look down from space and tell you if someone brushed their teeth this morning or not. Why the balloons?It's like kids at a playground taunting each other with their childish toys. Balloons over countries. Really now?In any case, anything that violates your airspace should be shot down immediately. Scan for lifeforms first but otherwise shoot to destroy.