Officials from the Department of Defense chose not to exclude the possibility that recent objects shot down over the United States may have come from another planet.
In an off-camera briefing after an F-16 fighter aircraft shot down an unidentified flying object over Lake Huron on Sunday, the third such item to be shot down in as many days, General Glen VanHerck remarked, “I haven’t ruled anything out.”
Gen. VanHerck was replying to a query from New York Times Pentagon writer Helene Cooper.
“Have you ruled out extraterrestrials or aliens? In that case, why? Because everybody is asking us that at the moment,” Cooper enquired.
The general said, “I’ll let the intelligence and counterintelligence communities find that out. At this time, we are still evaluating all known and undiscovered threats that come toward North America in an effort to identify them.”
Homeland Defense and Hemispheric Affairs Assistant Secretary of Defense Melissa Dalton assured the audience at the start of the briefing that American authorities “seek to be forthright about our military actions.”
“We have proceeded with extreme caution to preserve our security and interests since we have not yet been able to determine with certainty what these latest objects are,” she added.
Officials have been “more thoroughly monitoring our air space at these heights, including upgrading our radar,” according to Dalton, since the military brought down a Chinese balloon off the coast of South Carolina on Feb. 4.
She continued by saying that the increased object detection over the previous several days may be partially explained by the radar improvement and more inspection.
Super Bowl Sunday, the day of the Defense Department briefing, saw American fighter planes shoot down the most recent item over Lake Huron. On Friday and Saturday, respectively, jets utilized missiles to successfully shoot down mysterious flying objects over Alaska and Canada.
At 3:20 p.m. local time on Saturday, the Federal Aviation Administration imposed a temporary flying restriction over Harve, Montana, which was subsequently lifted.
The item seen over Montana on Saturday was apparently the identical object a U.S. F-16 shot down over Lake Huron on Sunday, despite its initial dismissal as a “radar anomaly.”
Many government officials from Michigan and Montana expressed gratitude to the military personnel who helped defend our country while also reiterating their commitment to finding the truth.
Rep. Matt Rosendale (R-Montana) was one of the congressmen that made sharper remarks. Since they “can’t discern the difference between a man and a woman,” Rosendale claimed Biden administration employees cannot be expected to “know the difference between a surveillance balloon and a cloud.”