The U.S. Air Force general overseeing North American airspace said on Sunday after a series of shoot-downs of unidentified objects that he would not rule out aliens or any other explanation yet, deferring to U.S. intelligence experts, reports Reuters.
Spy balloon or Alien ship?
When asked whether he had ruled out an extraterrestrial origin for three airborne objects shot down by U.S. warplanes in as many days, General Glen VanHerck said: “I’ll let the intel community and the counterintelligence community figure that out. I haven’t ruled out anything,” Reuters reported.
“At this point we continue to assess every threat or potential threat, unknown, that approaches North America with an attempt to identify it,” said VanHerck, head of U.S. North American Aerospace Defense Command and Northern Command.
His comments came during a Pentagon briefing on Sunday after a U.S. F-16 fighter jet shot down another unidentified object, this time an octagonal-shaped object over Lake Huron on the U.S.-Canada border.
These incidents follow the downing of a so-called Chinese “spy balloon” – allegedly being used for surveillance – on February 4 that put the U.S. air defenses on high alert. However, another U.S. defense official told Reuters on the condition of anonymity that the military hadn’t any no evidence suggesting any of the objects in question were of extraterrestrial origin.
Yet, VanHerck continued: “We’re calling them objects, not balloons, for a reason.”
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