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Timeline: A Chinese spy balloon’s 7-day trip across the United States

As a Chinese spy balloon made its way east across the United States last week, a military and diplomatic crisis played out on the ground.

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02/05/2023 10:02 AM EST

A mysterious object high above commercial air traffic. Military aircraft scrambled, then ordered to stand down. Urgent phone calls between U.S. and Chinese officials.

A single missile, fired from an F-22 stealth fighter jet.

As a Chinese spy balloon made its way east across the United States last week, a military and diplomatic crisis played out on the ground.

Here’s a day-to-day timeline of events leading up to the dramatic shootdown over the water off the East Coast on Saturday. The following is based on interviews with three senior U.S. officials, all of whom asked not to be named due to the sensitivity of the situation.

Saturday, Jan. 28:

The balloon is first detected over U.S. airspace high over Alaska, north of the Aleutian Islands. The military’s North American Aerospace Defense Command closely tracks the balloon, assessing it poses no threat or intelligence risk.

Monday, Jan. 30:

NORAD tracks the balloon as it travels into Canadian airspace. Officials determine it is used for spying, as it carries surveillance equipment including a collection pod and solar panels located on the metal truss suspended below the balloon. Based on its small motors and propellers, officials also assess it can be actively maneuvered to fly over specific locations.

The balloon is part of a Chinese fleet developed for spying, which over the past few years have been spotted over countries across five continents, including Asia and Europe. Balloons were observed over the United States three times in the Trump administration, and once before at the beginning of the Biden administration. What makes this new encounter different was the long duration over the continent.

Tuesday, Jan. 31:

The balloon re-enters U.S. airspace over northern Idaho. The Defense Department alerts President Joe Biden, who asks for military options to shoot it down.

The Pentagon begins working to keep the balloon from collecting sensitive information from sites on the ground. This was “straightforward,” a senior administration official said, “because we could track the exact path of the balloon and ensure no activities or sensitive unencrypted comms would be conducted in its vicinity.”

Wednesday, Feb. 1:

Pentagon officials are alarmed as the balloon makes its way over Montana, which is home to Malmstrom Air Force Base, one of three sites that operate and maintain the nation’s silo-based intercontinental ballistic missiles.

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin convenes military and civilian leaders, including U.S. Northern Command Chief Gen. Glen VanHerck and Joint Chiefs Chair Gen. Mark Milley, to discuss the situation.

All flights at Billings Logan International Airport are grounded for about two hours as authorities weigh what to do. The military scrambles F-22 fighter jets in case a decision was made to shoot it down.

Ultimately, Milley and VanHerck recommend against targeting the balloon over land due to the risk to civilians from the falling debris. Defense officials estimate debris from the balloon, which is the size of three buses, could fall in at least a seven-mile radius.

The president directs the Pentagon to come up with options to shoot down the balloon as soon as it is safe to do so over U.S. territorial waters, and in a way that allows them to recover the payload. He also directs the military and intelligence community to monitor the balloon to gain insight into its capabilities. NASA begins analyzing and assessing the possible debris field, based on the trajectory of the balloon, the weather and airship’s estimated payload.

Meanwhile, Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Deputy Secretary Wendy Sherman meet with Chinese embassy officials.

Thursday, Feb. 2:

The Pentagon issues a statement that a high-altitude Chinese surveillance balloon has entered U.S. airspace. Lawmakers call for briefings and begin criticizing Biden for not shooting it down. Reports emerge of a second balloon observed flying over Central and South America.

The military continues to work on options to bring down the balloon safely. National security adviser Jake Sullivan updates the president regularly.

Blinken decides to postpone his planned trip to China, and senior leadership across the administration agree.

Friday, Feb. 3

The Chinese Foreign Ministry releases a statement acknowledging the balloon is Chinese but claims it’s a civilian airship used to collect weather data. China says it entered U.S. airspace accidentally and expresses regret. But U.S. officials push back, saying the balloon is clearly used for surveillance and the breach is a clear violation of U.S. sovereignty.

Biden is briefed on Friday night on the plan to shoot down the balloon on Saturday over Wilmington, North Carolina, including what aircraft will be used to take it down and what naval vessels to recover it, as well as the initial intelligence analysis of its capabilities. Biden approves the plan.

Throughout the night, the National Security Council and the Pentagon work to ensure all measures are in place for the plan to succeed.

Saturday, Feb. 4:

In the morning, Biden speaks with Austin and Sullivan multiple times about the mission. Later, Biden pledges “we’re going to take care of it” when asked about the balloon during a stop in Syracuse, New York. He flashes a thumbs up to reporters when asked if the military was going to shoot it down, as he boards Air Force One at Hancock Field Air National Guard Base in New York.

The FAA temporarily grounds flights at airports in Wilmington and in Myrtle Beach and Charleston, South Carolina. This allows the military aircraft — an F-22 stealth fighter from Langley Air Force Base, Virginia, F-15s from Barnes Air National Guard Base in Massachusetts and tanker aircraft from multiple locations — to get into position.

At 2:39 pm, the F-22 flying at 58,000 feet shoots a single AIM-9X Sidewinder air-to-air missile that takes down the balloon, which is flying at an altitude of 60,000 to 65,000 feet. The military begins efforts to recover the balloon, which fell six nautical miles off the coast in an estimated 47 feet of water. The amphibious ship USS Carter Hall, destroyer USS Oscar Austin and cruiser Philippine Sea are in the area to aid with recovery. Navy divers are in position to descend to the site if needed.

Once the balloon is recovered, the intelligence community will begin efforts to further analyze the balloon.

“It’s actually provided us a number of days to analyze this balloon [and] learn a lot about what this balloon was doing, how it was doing, why the PRC might be using balloons like this,” said a senior DoD official. “We have learned technical things about this balloon and its surveillance capabilities. And I suspect if we are successful in recovering aspects of the debris, we will learn even more.”

Later Saturday, China issues a statement calling the shoot-down a violation of international practice and threatened repercussions. The U.S. government speaks directly with Beijing about the mission. The State Department briefs allies and partners around the world.

“The balloon never posed a military or physical threat to the American people. However, its intrusion of our airspace for multiple days was an unacceptable violation of our sovereignty,” said the senior DoD official.

Dân biểu Turner, Chủ tịch Ủy Ban Tình Báo Hạ Viện Hoa Kỳ, lên tiếng so sánh “việc bắn hạ khinh khí cầu do thám của tầu cộng, giống như việc quật ngã quaterback sau khi một trận football đã kết thúc..

Turner: Takedown timing of suspected spy balloon ‘like tackling the quarterback after the game is over’

By Stephen Neukam

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Rep. Mike Turner (R-Ohio) blasted the Biden administration for allowing a suspected Chinese spy balloon to fly across the middle of the U.S. before shooting it down over the Atlantic Ocean, arguing the move was “like tackling the quarterback after the game is over.”

Turner, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, said during an appearance on NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday that the Biden administration allowed the balloon to fly over sensitive military and intelligence sites in the U.S., arguing President Biden should have dealt with the balloon sooner.

“The satellite had completed its mission,” Turner said. “It should never have been allowed to enter the United States, and it never should have been allowed to complete its mission.”

The balloon was shot down off the coast of South Carolina on Saturday so as to not endanger people and infrastructure on the ground with falling debris.

Despite Chinese claims that the balloon was used for civilian research purposes, U.S. defense officials have said it was used for espionage. Turner on Sunday argued that the path of the balloon’s flight was over a number of sensitive U.S. sites.

“If you asked somebody to draw an X at every place where our sensitive missile defense sites, our nuclear weapons infrastructure, our nuclear weapons sites are, you would put them all along this path,” Turner said. “Clearly, this was an attempt by China to gather information to defeat our command and control of our sensitive missile offensive nuclear weapons sites.”

With what he said was a serious threat to national security, Turner also hit the Biden administration for not yet scheduling a briefing for congressional leaders on the balloon.

“That certainly is an urgency that this administration does not recognize,” Turner said.

Ngũ Giác Đài xác nhận một khinh khí cầu do thám thứ hai của tầu cộng phát hiện ở Châu Mỹ Latin..

Pentagon confirms second Chinese ‘surveillance balloon’ seen over Latin America

By Jared Gans

The Hill

2 days ago

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A second Chinese “surveillance balloon” was spotted flying over Latin America after another one traveling across the continental U.S. was detected earlier in the day, officials confirmed Friday evening.

“We are seeing reports of a balloon transiting Latin America. We now assess it is another Chinese surveillance balloon,” Brig. Gen Pat Ryder, the Pentagon press secretary, said. “We have no further information to provide at this time.”

The Chinese Foreign Ministry confirme d in a statement earlier on Friday that the high-altitude balloon that was first seen over Montana on Wednesday belongs to China, but claimed it is a weather balloon that was blown off course by wind.

U.S. officials countered the comment, instead speculating that it is a surveillance balloon. They have not shot it down over fears that doing so could risk public safety.

Secretary of State Antony Blinken postponed a scheduled trip to China after the balloon was detected. A State Department official said the conditions are “not right” for Blinken to make the trip at this time and noted that the balloon is a violation of international law and U.S. sovereignty.

Two senior defense officials told NBC News that the U.S. is using counterintelligence measures to block the balloon’s view and moving objects out of its path to limit its capabilities.

Republicans slamm ed the Biden administration after reports of the first balloon surfaced, saying that the balloon should be shot down immediately.

Some ex perts said the threat from the balloon is significant, while others called for caution about overstating the risk.

Đây là tên khủng bố thứ hai của al Qaeda được Biden thả trong những ngày gần đây..

Biden lặng lẽ thả trùm khủng bố al Qaeda Majid Khan cho Belize sau 16 năm bị CIA giam giữ ở Guantanamo, trong khi Hoa Kỳ tập trung vào việc khinh khí cầu do thám Trung Quốc đang ở trên không phận Hoa Kỳ..: Tên này, kẻ khủng bố bị cực đoan hóa bởi vụ 11/9 nói: ‘Tôi hứa tôi đã thay đổi’

Biden quietly releases al Qaeda terrorist Majid Khan to Belize after 16 years in CIA custody in Guantanamo Bay as US was focused on Chinese spy balloon: Terrorist who was radicalized by 9/11 says: ‘I promise I’ve changed’

Majid Khan,42, was moved to Belize on Thursday after spending 16 years in CIA custody

· Authorities say he helped deliver money and transport other senior al Qaeda officials ahead of an attack on an Indonesian hotel in 2003

· Al Qaeda leader Khalid Sheikh Mohammed also allegedly planned to use him to attack US gas stations and water reservoirs


PUBLISHED: 20:04 EST, 5 February 2023 | UPDATED: 20:12 EST, 5 February 2023

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