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Biden: Three Recent Shot Down Objects Likely ‘Tied to Private Companies,’ Not China

Biden: Three Recent Shot Down Objects Likely ‘Tied to Private Companies,’ Not China

“The intelligence community’s current assessment is that these three ones were most likely balloons tied to private companies, recreation or research institutions studying weather or conducting other scientific research.”

So now we’re just going to shoot down everything? Will the government provide compensation to private businesses?

The balloon shot down a few weeks ago belonged to China. The military shot down three more objects after that balloon.

President Joe Biden confirmed today: “The intelligence community’s current assessment is that these three ones were most likely balloons tied to private companies, recreation or research institutions studying weather or conducting other scientific research.”

The community doesn’t think the objects belong to China or are meant to spy on America.


Biden repeated what John Kirby said when asked about how the military all of a sudden are seeing these UFOs: “We’re now just seeing more of them partially because the steps we’ve taken to increase our radars.”

Biden told the media he told his people to formulate “sharper rules for how we will deal with these unidentified objects moving forward, distinguishing between those that are likely to pose safety and security risks that necessitate action and those that do not.”

Then Biden got snippy with reporters because they’re just not polite!

In other words, reporters won’t be soft with him. Boohoo, Brandon.


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We know the other ones weren’t Chinese, because Biden shot them down.

Fat_Freddys_Cat | February 16, 2023 at 3:27 pm

That sounds like a guess rather than a fact. In any case I don’t find it all that comforting. Between this and the homeless encampments at airports (heh I’ll bet this spreads from Chicago) I’m glad I swore off flying.

Not wearing big boy pants, but diapers. Trump would have answered every question. Biden runs away with a snicker. What a pathetic ending.

The airspace between 18,000 feet up to 60,000 feet is class A controlled airspace. Private, research or recreational balloons in controlled airspace would be required (at a minimum) to have transponders/ADSB.

Did they? And if so why did you shoot them?

    JustSayN2O in reply to Gosport. | February 16, 2023 at 3:45 pm

    And a clearance.

    CommoChief in reply to Gosport. | February 16, 2023 at 4:05 pm

    Yeah the remarks from Biden implied that there was no existing regs and folks were sending things up will he/nil he. As you point out that’s not the case. The admin wants the best of all worlds here. We used discretion on the original Chinese balloon, we ID the others then sent up fighter jets to target them, we gonna form a blue ribbon group …

    How about no, tell the truth y’all shot it down due to public pressure and the last three b/c you were too frightened to do otherwise and that’s b/c you had objects you could not immediately account for by looking at a flight plan/clearance to be where they were.

    Paula in reply to Gosport. | February 16, 2023 at 7:02 pm

    A report by Aviation Week says some of the balloons may be pico balloons used by hobbyists which reach 40,000 ft and travel all the way around the world, even over North Korea. Pico balloons weigh less than 6 lb. and therefore are exempt from most FAA airspace restrictions,

If these are legit companies doing this, why aren’t we hearing them whine about their property being destroyed by the feds?

    The Gentle Grizzly in reply to jimincalif. | February 16, 2023 at 4:02 pm

    Because Huawei, Lenovo, and AliBaba don’t want to raise their profile.

      Yes, private companies. I don’t believe that there is such a thing in China. China doesn’t believe in private anything.

        The Gentle Grizzly in reply to Martin. | February 16, 2023 at 4:19 pm

        When one gets right down to it, there are very, very few companies of any size here that can stand on their own.

        Tax breaks to come to Anytown, then obligated to the community.

        Subsidies and tax credits for a product some company makes that no one would buy without the breaks. See: Tesla.

        Government-funded rebate programs for energy programs like machinery and lighting retrofits or replacements.

        Rescuing companies ineptly run, using taxpayer money. Yes, the companies pay back, but in the case of one, thanks the taxpayer by going from being an automobile manufacturer to an automobile importer. See: General Motors.

        All that taxpayer money, most of which goers down rabbit holes, or these companies either disappear, or never form in the first place.

Biden acted like a tough guy despite his career of appeasing and being compromised by our enemies because the intelligence community knew about the balloon from lift off and did nothing until long after it entered US airspace and went across the continental US. It will take lots of subpoenas but if you follow the money there is no doubt that Biden is compromised by his dealings with the CCP whose members gave tons of dollars to U of P and U of D.

I would guess they were actually in many ways similar to clay pigeons. The administration said “Pull” and then they had three things to shoot down.

Birds are next.

From the descriptions from the fighter pilots, at least one sounds like a balloon that escaped from somebody’s used car lot.

This could be Biden’s Roswell.

There was once a politician who was wicked, vile and corrupt and has been given more breaks in one day than the average person gets in a lifetime. He has gotten away with everything and has never had to answer for it. Then one day a reporter asks a question.

Reporter: “Are you compromised by your family’s business relations in China?”

Biden: “Give me a break, man!”

So, they were likely shot down for visual effect? Is that better or worse than allowing the first one to illegally cross the border and traverse the nation?

If these were balloons from private companies, wouldn’t those companies know they are missing? Do they now just launch balloons without monitoring something? In fact, wouldn’t they have known even before they were shot down?

And why is it that although they know exactly where they landed, they can’t find 3 of them and the first one, the confirmed Chinese spy balloon, can’t be recovered? It’s not like it fell into the Mariana Trench. And I don’t care if two of the others landed in ice cold waters. I used to go winter scuba diving off of Gloucester when I young from a Zodiac raft. Who are they kidding?

What Chinese company isn’t doing the work for the Chinese government?

Sundowner repaying for his millions from China.
Again, name something from Sundowner not in China’s favor?

When you get trained in the use of firearms safety rule number 4 is to be certain of your Target and what is behind it. What are they doing shooting at something when they don’t know what the hell it is?

I didn’t say much about the nuking of Ohio by American incompetence because there is very little to say, it was appalling on every single level how the EPA showed up to just say everything is fine drink the water and die!

The balloon hysteria drowned out any chance of making the nuking of Ohio a major issue and getting the people responsible for the reaction replaced.

We could either be a credible opposition party able to protect our people from incompetence or malice or we could keep falling for every time someone in a uniform with stars tells us we need to get hysterical.

The fact that they needed to shoot down American civilian craft to pad the numbers of Chinese spy craft over our skies speaks for itself.

We fly low importance spy missions over China to see if there is something China can’t hide and China does the same for us, likely neither nation ever gets anything confirming to both there is no major buildup.

Lets stop pretending to be 5 years old. We know great powers try to gather intel about one another and have for thousands of years and will continue to do so.

Instead of pretending to be hopelessly naïve lets avoid falling for the next please be hysterical moment. Ohio needs attention, and the attention of a nation that was to busy falling for yet another “please be hysterical now” moment to notice anything.

I hope this is the last we hear about magic balloons that are more threatening than an EPA that showed to an ecological catastrophe and decided it didn’t care.

Fox’s The Five said this evening that the Lake Huron one was a $12 balloon reported missing by some hobby group, that took $800K in missiles to shoot down. They did not seem to be joking.

    I don’t believe it. The Sidewinder missiles missed a hobby balloon?

    Sidewinders zero in on target using heat-seeking and infrared technology. The first pilot reported that he had trouble locking on to the target for longer than a second and then missed. I understand that balloons are more difficult to lock in on with heat seeking tech but not with infrared. These are advanced missiles that take down modern fighter aircraft but they can’t hit a balloon?

    I suspect that these balloons are all Chinese and were sent to test the effectiveness of their evasion technology against radar and our aircraft-borne missile guidance technology. I also suspect that the reason they haven’t recovered the payload of the first missile and are claiming they can’t even locate the wreckage of the others is that the Pentagon knows what they are and don’t want to answer questions… at least to the media and maybe even to our government.

    This is beginning to look like something big is about to happen. WWIII is on. Thank God McConnell and his boys helped get FJB elected. Nobody fucks with a Biden!

      You are absolutely right regarding the Sidewinders. That was a meme that just took off because our press is too unprofessional to back-check before they publish juicy click-bait these days,

      Attempting to use a heater against a target which produced no heat would be ridiculous. Guns would be the obvious weapon of choice.

      The inability to “lock on”, if true, would refer to the fire control radar system of the fighters which is used in conjunction with the guns. This isn’t surprising either as the lightweight material of the balloons wouldn’t provide much of a skin paint for the radar to maintain lock on, same reason ground radars had problems with it. The only hard portion of the balloon would be its payload.