US Military Shoots Down Fourth Flying Object Over Michigan

Three unidentified objects have been taken down since the Chinese balloon was shot down off the coast of South Carolina

The US military shot down another flying object on Sunday over Lake Huron in Michigan, Canada’s defense minister announced.

Canadian Defence Minister Anita Anand said the object was engaged by the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD), the command responsible for the defense of US and Canadian airspace.

“Today, a high-altitude object was detected in US airspace over Lake Huron. NORAD launched Canadian and US aircraft to investigate, and the object was taken down in US airspace by US aircraft,” Anand said.

The Pentagon said a US F-16 fighter jet shot down the object, which was described as “octagonal.” The Pentagon said it did not assess the object “to be a kinetic military threat to anything on the ground, but assess it was a safety flight hazard and a threat due to its potential surveillance capabilities.”

The incident marked the third time the US shot down an unidentified object since the downing of a Chinese balloon off the coast of South Carolina. On Friday, President Biden ordered the Pentagon to shoot down an unidentified object over waters near Alaska. The following day, a US fighter jet shot down another object over Canada.

It’s not clear what kind of objects were shot down since the Chinese balloon, which the US claimed was a surveillance device and China insisted was a weather balloon used for civilian purposes. The White House said that the objects shot down on Friday and Saturday did not look similar to the Chinese balloon.

“These objects did not closely resemble and were much smaller than the PRC balloon and we will not definitively characterize them until we can recover the debris, which we are working on,” a National Security Council spokesperson told Reuters.

While the Pentagon just started shooting down these objects, a report from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) released in January said unidentified flying objects were frequently reported to the US military in recent years.

According to The New York Times, the report examines 366 incidents either observed or submitted since the last report on unexplained phenomenon was released in June 2021. Of the 366 incidents, 163 were found to be balloons, 26 were drones, and six more were airborne clutter or birds. The other 171 incidents have not yet been attributed.

The panic that ensued due to the Chinese balloon and the pressure President Biden came under for not shooting it down right away seems to be the trigger for the US military to start shooting down frequently spotted UFOs. The panic is also being used by members of Congress to justify a more hawkish posture toward Beijing.

A growing number of Republicans are arguing that the balloon incident shows military spending cuts should be taken off the table in House Speaker Kevin McCarthy’s (R-CA) debt ceiling negotiations with the Biden administration. The US also used the balloon incident to increase sanctions on China, blacklisting six Chinese companies allegedly linked to Chinese surveillance balloons.

Amid the panic in the US, China said it spotted a UFO over waters near the northern port city of Qingdao. Local authorities in China said they were ready to shoot the object down, but so far, there’s been no sign that it was downed.

Author: Dave DeCamp

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