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Biden’s Speech on UFO Shootings Leaves More Questions

President Biden's speech (White House)

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President Joe Biden finally gave a long-awaited update on the UFOs that were shot down after the Chinese spy balloon. Some details were confirmed, but a lot of unanswered questions remain. The press conference pointedly avoided addressing questions about aliens or fast-moving UAPs, and the reasoning behind some conclusions was unclear. 

The White House Gave Less Than an Hour’s Notice About the Speech

First, the timing of the press conference was interesting. Rather than hosting a speech in the evening when more people can watch, or even giving much notice about the event, the White House announced the speech about 45 minutes before it was going to take place. Then, when his speech ended, Biden didn’t answer any questions from reporters. 

They Have Theories About the UFOs Despite Not Collecting Any Debris Yet

Screenshot from Biden's speech (White House)
Screenshot from Biden’s speech (White House)

Biden began the speech by noting that NORAD saw the three unidentified objects after “enhancing our radar” to spot slow-moving objects that weren’t seen before. (On a personal note, I wonder where this leaves objects that move faster than we expect aircraft to be able to, such as those seen at the Nimitz. Would those be caught on radar?) 

He confirmed that we still don’t know what the objects are and we are still “attempting to recover the debris” for all three of them. 

“Our intelligence community is still assessing all three incidences,” he said. “…We don’t yet know exactly what these three objects were. But nothing right now suggests they were related to China’s spy balloon program or that they were surveillance vehicles from any other country. Intelligence community’s current assessment is that these three objects were most likely balloons tied to private companies, recreation, or research institutions studying weather or conducting other scientific research.” 

He didn’t go into detail on how they’re making those guesses about the UFOs without recovering any debris. So far, no one has come forward to claim the objects either, which just leaves more questions. 

Previous statements that weren’t discussed also have left the public with questions, including pilots who said the first object in Alaska interfered with their planes’ sensors and they couldn’t figure out just how it was staying in the air. 

He Pointedly Did Not Address Any Extraterrestrial Theories or the Faster-Moving UAPs

Still from a Pentagon UFO video
Still from a Pentagon UFO video

Biden went on to discuss UAPs in general, beyond the scope of these three objects. 

“We know that a range of entities including countries, companies, and research organizations operate objects at altitudes for purposes that are not nefarious, including legitimate scientific research. I want to be clear: we don’t have any evidence that there has been a sudden increase in number of objects in the sky.”

He briefly talked about putting together protocols for addressing UAPs, including taking down any objects that pose any kind of threat. 

Biden mentioned their future plans, including establishing a better inventory of unmanned objects in the U.S. airspace that’s accessible; implementing measures to better detect unmanned objects; updating rules for launching unmanned objects; and establishing global norms. Then he spent a lot of time talking about the Chinese spy balloon, presumably because we actually know more information about that one. 

Interestingly, Biden didn’t even mention the theories about aliens or extraterrestrials at all. And his press conference seemed to focus more on slower-moving UFOs, without any discussion about the faster-moving UAPs observed at the Nimitz and other locations. 

While other U.S. officials said that these definitely don’t have an alien connection, we still have the statement from General Glen VanHerck, commander of the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD), to keep in mind. 

When asked in a briefing on Sunday, February 12, if aliens or extraterrestrials could be connected to the objects shot down, VanHerck said: “I’ll let the intel community and the counterintelligence community figure that out. I haven’t ruled out anything at this point,” Bloomberg reported

In summary, Biden’s speech left a few big unanswered questions, including how we’re assessing what these objects likely were without any debris or anyone claiming them. We’re also left wondering why we’re only talking about the slow-moving objects, while ignoring the fast-moving Nimitz (and similar) UAPs — a big elephant in the room. 

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    Stephanie Dwilson started Post Apocalyptic Media with her husband Derek. She's a licensed attorney and has a master's in science and technology journalism. You can reach her at [email protected].

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