Politics Chinese balloon Over the US

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Well this is interesting.

Recently there is been a bit of a buzz over the appearance of a "Spy Ballon" over the continental U.S., which has been tracked over the last few days.

According to officials at the Pentagon in a press release, the are very confident that said Ballon belongs to the People's Republic of China and it's flight track had pass over several "sensitive" military facilities.

In a statement made by Pentagon Press Secretary Brig. Gen. Patrick Ryder, the Ballon is currently traveling at an altitude well above any commercial traffic and does not pose a threat to civilian aircraft. It was also stated that the White House was briefed about the craft and although the Air Force could be order to shoot it down, the Pentagon had advised against taking such action. As the possible debris field could scatter hundreds of miles due to its altitude and cause harm to those on the ground.

But despite this violation of air space, the Department Defence seems to have taken a "Meh" approach to the situation. As they had been tracking the Ballon well before it entered American air space and had taken steps to ensure no sensitive information could have been gathered by the craft.

Interestingly enough, the Pentagon has admitted that this is not the first time such a Ballon had been used. As they had said that a number had been detected over the last decade. ~NC
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The real question for me is WHAT the purpose of the balloon‘s payload?
 
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If this was a cheap b-movie, the new improved zombie-virus would be spread this way...

Some "expert" on CNN already floated the idea around.

Another balloon has reportedly been spotted flying over, or towards, South America?
 
I can’t believe an F-15 can’t get to it with an AIM-120 or something special they keep around just in case.
 

US military has shot down the Chinese spy balloon off the East Coast, US official says​

 
If some Chinese balloon ever fly over Europa and as much people are gloating over the delay and reaction from the US and Biden.

The EU will host a summit within several weeks before coming to a consensus and decision.

The Chinese balloon will be back safely to Shanghai before they ever decide something.
 
If this was a cheap b-movie, the new improved zombie-virus would be spread this way...
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i knew ive seen that concept before somewhere, enjoy
for the non metal - enjoyers, 5 minute mark
 
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So... they saw it coming.

They tracked it over Canada.

They let it cross the border.

They let fly over the US.

They knew it was gathering intel on sensitive locations.

They let is fly all the way down to the coast of Carolina.
 
I'm not especially convinced - it's a balloon, how do you steer it towards "sensitive locations"? At best you have to trust that the upper atmospheric winds will take it to where you want and not end up (for example) flying over the tundra of Canada gathering nothing (or ending up over Latin America spying on their "tippy top secret military stuff").
 

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