Washington officials are not willing to take immediate action against the threat of Chinese spyware floating over American soil.
A large, white object flying high in the sky – mistaken for the moon upon first glance – was spotted over Montana this week. The peculiar object is reportedly the size of three school buses and is likely carrying high-resolution cameras.
The U.S. military announced on Thursday that it is tracking a suspected Chinese high-altitude surveillance balloon as it travels over the northern United States. The Canadian government also verified sightings of the balloon and is monitoring the situation.
The Chinese government confirmed the balloon craft floating is indeed their own, describing it as a "civilian airship." China claims the balloon unintentionally traveled over American territory. However, the balloon is over 600 miles inland, a dubious error by the CCP.
This unwelcomed device could be extinguished in seconds, but our government doesn't want to end it for fear of "debris."
A Chinese spy balloon has been flying over the United States for a couple of days, U.S. officials said, one a defense expert estimates is equivalent to the size of three bus lengths https://t.co/BhcAHLUddz 1/5 pic.twitter.com/oMrJXNuwgz— Reuters (@Reuters) February 3, 2023
While the balloon has flown directly over a number of “sensitive sites,” according to officials, the Pentagon has refused to shoot down the Chinese spy tool, despite claiming to have "had custody of it the entire time it has been over U.S. airspace."
The Chinese device is collecting an unknown amount of data on America and our government is accepting this Chinese threat without retaliation. Former President Donald Trump and other politicians are calling on the U.S. government to shoot down the airship.
The Department of Defense argued otherwise:
"Does it pose a threat to civilian aviation? Our assessment is it does not. Does it pose a significantly enhanced threat on the intelligence side? Our best assessment right now is that it does not," said a senior defense official. "And so given that risk, that profile, we assess that the risk of downing it, even if the probability was low in a sparsely populated area of the debris falling and hurting somebody or damaging property that it wasn't worth it and that was the recommendation of our military commanders."
One point of discussion online is the balloon appears to circle the sky and stay in one area at the same altitude, which would signal it has a steering mechanism, something not confirmed or denied.
It's peculiar why officials never thought of demolishing the foreign device as it traveled hundreds of miles above the western forest. As of Friday afternoon, the spy balloon will keep floating unharmed from America's military.
"Maybe if the Biden Administration wasn’t so worried about banning your gas stoves, they would have seen this Chinese spy balloon coming," said Rep. Jim Jordan.
This nonsense response to a clear Chinese threat comes as the federal government persists in monitoring Americans' every move, from financial transactions to self-defense purchases. We the People appear to be a greater day-to-day threat to our own government than the CCP.
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