(DCWatchdog.com) – HAPPENING NOW: The Pentagon has detected a Chinese spy balloon drifting over the northern part of the United States, leading to consideration of shooting it down.
However, the decision was made not to destroy the balloon due to fears that falling debris could harm Americans or damage property on the ground.
The balloon was located over Montana at the time of the decision. It will only be shot down if it poses a threat to civilian aviation, as it is currently floating at an altitude where such planes do not fly.
Air Force Brig. Gen. Pat Ryder, the Pentagon press secretary, confirmed that the United States government was tracking the high-altitude surveillance balloon and added that the North American Aerospace Defense Command is closely monitoring its movements.
The balloon was designed for surveillance, but it is unlikely to collect more information than what is available through spy satellites.
To prevent the Chinese from obtaining sensitive information, U.S. officials have protested the incursion with the Chinese authorities and are continuously tracking the spy balloon’s path.
Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, have been briefed on the situation.
It should be noted that this is not the first time that Chinese spy balloons have flown over the United States, as instances of this type of activity have been observed in previous years.
Brig. Gen. Ryder stated that once the balloon was detected, the U.S. government took immediate action to protect against the collection of sensitive information.
In conclusion, the U.S. government is closely monitoring the Chinese spy balloon and taking steps to protect sensitive information while also considering the safety of American citizens and property on the ground.
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