White House admits it doesn't know what UFOS were
Does anybody know what is going on with the UFOs? White House admits it still doesn’t know what they are, Senators say they know as much as the public and Pentagon still has little details on shot down objects
- The White House has not been able to say where the objects were from, what they were doing or what type of craft they were
- Nat Sec spox said intel community ‘considering as a leading explanation’ notion that objects could be tied to ‘some commercial or benign purpose’
- Does not explain why US sent fighter jets to shoot down three ‘benign’ flying objects in three days
Days after shooting down three consecutive unidentified aerial objects, Defense officials have little to no answers on why they took the seemingly unusual steps.
The White House has not been able to say where the objects were from, what they were doing or what type of craft they were.
John Kirby, spokesman for the National Security Council, told reporters Tuesday the intelligence community was ‘considering as a leading explanation’ the notion that the objects could be tied to ‘some commercial or benign purpose.’
But that does not explain why the Defense Department was so quick to send multi-million fighter jets to shoot benign balloons out of the sky.
The White House also made clear it does not know whether the tree downed objects had surveillance capabilities. It also couldn’t say what the objects looked like, given the speed at which the jets were traveling when they caught sight of them.
John Kirby, spokesman for the National Security Council, told reporters Tuesday the intelligence community was ‘considering as a leading explanation’ the notion that the objects could be tied to ‘some commercial or benign purpose’
White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre did swat away the notion that the objects could be extra-terrestrial in nature.
‘There is no — again, no indication — of aliens or extraterrestrial activity with these recent take-downs,’ she said. ‘Wanted to make sure that the American people knew that, all of you knew that. And it was important for us to say that from here because we’ve been hearing a lot about it.’
Kirby said he could comfortably rule out that the objects belonged to the U.S. government and there was no indication they were related to the Chinese spy balloon shot down last week.
Fighter jets shot down what Defense officials described as a CCP-linked surveillance balloon off the coast of South Carolina on Feb. 4, after it had spent days traversing the United States so low it could be seen with the naked eye.
On Friday, Saturday and Sunday respectively, the military brought down unknown aerial objects spotted above Alaska, Canada and Michigan.
Officials have increasingly cast doubt on their ability to fully recover debris, with Kirby blaming ‘pretty tough conditions’ such as the deep waters of Lake Huron, the Yukon wilderness and sea ice in Alaska.
‘Getting our hands on that debris and having investigators look at that debris would certainly be of immense value in terms of our ability to positively identify what these objects were, and, and what their purpose was. So we’re going to continue those intensive recovery efforts because they’re important,’ Kirby said.
On Capitol Hill, senators who listened in on a classified briefing were left unsatisfied by the information available
Sen. Tom Cotton told reporters the briefing taught him nothing he hadn’t already learned from news reports while Sen. Marco Rubio, ranking member on the Intel Committee, said ’99 percent’ of the briefing could have been declassified.
‘They didn’t rule anything out other than they don’t think they are balloons on the order of the Chinese balloon,’ said Sen. Josh Hawley, ‘They didn’t think they were aliens.’
Several senators questioned why the U.S. had only begun shooting down such objects after public outcry over the Chinese spy balloon.
‘A number of us asked why the sudden change,’ Hawley, R-Mo., told reporters. ‘They acknowledge the change, but nobody had an answer.’
The suspected Chinese spy balloon drifts to the ocean after being shot down off the coast in Surfside Beach, South Carolina, U.S. by a single missile from an F-22 fighter jet from Langley Air Force Base on Saturday Feb 4, 2023
The balloon was left to traverse the U.S. for days before being shot down on Feb. 4
‘Many people, intentionally or otherwise have been given the impression that a couple of weeks ago our skies were clear. And then all of a sudden we have spy balloons and other Unidentified Flying Objects raining down on us like confetti. That is not accurate these objects have been flying over us for years, many years,’ Sen. John Kennedy, R-La., told reporters.
‘We need some more transparency,’ he said. ‘I understand the need for national security secrets, but now that this cow is out of the barn, the president and the director of national intelligence need to explain to the American people if they know — I’m not sure they know, if they know they’re not telling us — what these things are.’
Rubio said that even with a security clearance intelligence officials could tell him little about where the three unidentified objects came from, or even what they were.
‘They don’t know whose it is. They don’t even know what it is. They can’t even tell you what it looked like.’
Sen. Jim Risch, R-Idaho, said he learned at least one of the objects had a payload attached to it.
Asked if the American public should be concerned, Rubio said: ‘From the broader perspective of whether these things are here to conduct attacks against the US, there’s no indication that that’s the case. But again, you’re right. I mean, how can I tell you not to worry about something if I can’t tell you what it is.’
Sen. Marco Rubio, ranking member on the Intel Committee, said ’99 percent’ of the briefing could have been declassified
Earlier the White House announced it was putting together a UFO task force to study the security risks posed by airborne objects detected in US airspace.
The new group, created on orders from national security adviser Jake Sullivan, will see experts from the Pentagon, the Federal Aviation Administration, the Department of Homeland Security and other government agencies come together to analyze unidentified aerial phenomena (UAPs) and determine whether they are a threat.
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