Credit: Northern Command
NORAD’s chief refused to rule out the possibility of something very interesting, regarding the “objects” shot down across the U.S. and Canada.
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He refused to rule out the possibility of extraterrestrials as the origin of these unknown objects.
General Glen VanHerck, who leads NORAD and the U.S. Northern Command, said he would leave the possibility of aliens up to the intelligence community.
U.S. fighter jets have shot down three unidentified “objects” over the past few days. The military has not confirmed what they are.
“I’ll let the intel community and the counterintelligence community figure that out. I haven’t ruled out anything,” VanHerck told reporters when he was asked about the possibility of the objects being extra-terrestrial.
“At this point we continue to assess every threat or potential threat, unknown, that approaches North America with an attempt to identify it,” he added.
VanHerck also confirmed that the U.S. and Canadian NORAD forces have ramped up their radar systems to make them more sensitive. This could be a possible explanation for why the objects seem to disappear suddenly.
The object that was shot down over Lake Huron on Sunday was described as “octagonal” in shape, with strings hanging off it. They said it was flying at roughly 20,000 feet. U.S. military officials have stated that the craft had no discernable propulsion systems.
The two prior crafts shot down over Alaska and Northern Canada are believed to be balloons, according to Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer.
The three objects flew much lower than the Chinese spy balloon shot down off the coast of South Carolina, which was floating at about 60,000 feet.
The U.S. and Canada are currently working to recover debris from all four of the crafts. Only the balloon shot down over the East coast is known to be of Chinese origin.
White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre had a different take.
She said on Monday there is “no indication” of extraterrestrial activity.
“I just want to make sure we address this from the White House. I know there have been questions and concerns about this, but there is no, again, no indication of aliens or extraterrestrial activity with these recent takedowns,” Jean-Pierre told reporters as she opened the White House press briefing.
“Wanted to make sure that the American people knew that, all of you knew that, and it is important for us to say that from here.”
Melissa Dalton, assistant secretary of defense for Homeland Defense and Hemispheric Affairs said on Sunday that authorities are “working hard to understand the nature of these unidentified objects,” especially if they were for surveillance and what their capabilities are.
National Security Council spokesman John Kirby said on Monday that the U.S. didn’t think that the three objects posed a direct threat to people on the ground. But, the objects could have been a danger to civilian commercial air traffic, given their altitude.
“I don’t think the American people need to worry about aliens with respect to these crafts,” he said.
No new updates have been given on any of the crafts.