NORAD Admits They Didn’t Detect the Spy Balloons Until Post-Trump

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The government suggested Donald Trump ignored three balloon incursions into our air space by the Chinese communists during his presidency. Forced to explain, they now say NORAD learned of them later by other means and never detected them while Donald Trump was president.

When is someone going to get fired?

Air Force General VanHerck said that they didn’t detect the balloons and “we have to figure that out.” Maybe the news reporter who spotted the balloon in Montana should work for NORAD.

THEY DIDN’T DETECT THE SPY BALLOONS DURING TRUMP’S TERM

“Every day as NORAD commander, it’s my responsibility to detect threats to North America,” Air Force Gen. Glen D. VanHerck of the North American Aerospace Defense Command told reporters. “I will tell you that we did not detect those [previous] threats. And that’s a domain awareness gap that we have to figure out.”

Breaking Defense.com reports US Northern Command does not have the correct mix of sensor capabilities, according to the commanding general responsible for homeland defense.

The White House had said there were three incursions under Donald Trump. After Donald Trump and his former staff said they were never told, Gen. VanHerck and NSC spokesperson John Kirby had to clarify or alter their statement.

They said US intelligence agencies had used “forensics” to identify the Chinese spycraft incursions only after President Biden took office in January 2021.

“The intel community after the fact … assessed those threats from additional means of collection and made us aware of those balloons that were previously approaching North America or transit in North America,” said VanHerck, who declined to describe the kinds of information he said intelligence officials received to confirm the prior Chinese balloon trespassing.

As for the latest episode, Gen. Van Herck said it was not a threat.

We were assured that they didn’t need to shoot the spy balloon down because it presented no threat. However, Gen. VanHerck said it could have carried explosives and there was a jet-sized device dangling from the bottom.

“The balloon assessment was up to 200 feet tall [and] it weighed a couple thousand pounds,” said VanHerck, the commander for North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) and U.S. Northern Command, in a call with several reporters. He added that the balloon was potentially carrying explosives but had no evidence of it either, noting that there was a device hanging from the bottom that was about the size of a small jet.

“We took maximum precaution to prevent any intel collection,” VanHerck said. “It was my assessment that this balloon did not present a physical military threat to North America,” VanHerck said, according to reports. “This is under my NORAD hat, and therefore I could not take immediate action [against the balloon] because it was not demonstrating hostile act or hostile intent.”

It’s unlikely they could prevent intel collection. It was maneuverable and stopped over sensitive nuclear sites.

Debris was retrieved from the sea off the South Carolina coast and is being examined by the FBI.

NORAD’s budget is billions each year, and they can’t spot a balloon, but they’ll try to figure it out.


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Commander Roger Johnson
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Commander Roger Johnson
1 year ago

The way I see this is the O’Biden Administration wanted to play “They did it too!” and made the false claim that there were three such Chinese spy balloon incursions during President Trump’s time in office, but when Mike Pompeo and Ratcliffe denied it, the O’Biden liars had to change the lie. “Hey, NORAD. We need to tell a lie that this happened 3 times during the Trump Presidency to cover our blunder. So, have a general go out and tell that lie!”

Not only is O’Biden a liar, he’s a stupid liar. Without explanation, NORAD now claims that the 3 Trump balloons were not detected until after the O’Biden balloon came over CONUS. And how did NORAD detect the 3 Trump balloons several years afterwards? Some sort of old forensics?

Only small children will tell stupid lies. That General should have told the O’Biden people that he would not play a part in O’Biden’s lie.

GuvGeek
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GuvGeek
1 year ago

This is what you get when you have Generals who think they took an oath to a politician instead of the Constitution of the United States. When told to do something unethical you make plans to retire. Like me, a General has enough years in Government to retire comfortably, unless he wasn’t planning for his retirement very well and created a situation were he was economically compromised. You would be surprised how many Military and Government workers live beyond their means and get into this situation!

RLABruce
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RLABruce
1 year ago

In other words, the BIDEN ADMINISTRATION ALREADY KNEW ABOUT THE CHINESE BALLOONS from the very beginning of his presidency–and made a conscious decision to do nothing about it when it happened again during his own administration. How many more balloons had passed overhead before this one–low enough or big enough to be seen by citizens on the ground–made the news? Was Covid delivered by balloon? What else are the Chinese delivering by balloon? How soon will they deliver a much more deadly virus with a higher kill rate, in order to cripple our military response–just before they deliver an EMP to kill our power grid and nuke any pockets of resistance?

Biden’s administration will go down in US history as the biggest traitor to our country than any other in the history of the world. Or he will be if anyone is left alive to record it.

Crotte
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Crotte
1 year ago

Does asleep at the switch apply here???????

Rangnor Lothbrok
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Rangnor Lothbrok
1 year ago

This is the result of 20+ years of “woke” policies weakening our military and it’s capability. Follow the money, promotions and the honeypots and they all lead back to the CCP’s war on the US. We’ve all but lost WW3 and never knew we were fight it.

BKMart
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BKMart
1 year ago

The pentagon has decided it’s better to be liars than traitors

GuvGeek
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GuvGeek
1 year ago
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The Pentagon today is full of both!