President Joe Biden issued an order to U.S. officials this past Monday to create an interagency team to look into “unidentified aerial phenomena” in the wake of recently sending out orders to military officials to shoot down four flying objects through North American airspace over the past two weeks.
“The president, through his national security adviser, has today directed an interagency team to study the broader policy implications for detection, analysis, and disposition of unidentified aerial objects that pose either safety or security risks,” expressed John Kirby, the spokesman for the National Security Council, as part of a White House Press briefing.
The recent announcement from NORAD has gone public as concerns for national security flood in due to U.S. officials shooting down four objects as they flew out over North America this month, including one Chinese spy balloon which was floating just off the coast of South Carolina and another three objects of similar shape and size in Alaska, Michigan, and Canada.
“Every element of the government will redouble their efforts to understand and mitigate these events,” stated Kirby.
None of the three most recent downed objects that were taken care of by American forces seemed to pose a threat, stated Kirby, who went on to add that no signs of communications or “maneuvering or had any propulsion capabilities” originated from the objects.
U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) pushed some hard questions as to why the Biden Administration would try to create an agency that he assisted in establishing back in 2021.
“Why is the White House creating a new “interagency team” to monitor, investigate & report on unidentified aerial objects when we already have @DoD_AARO which we helped create over two years ago?” expressed Rubio via social media.
Officials with the Department of Defense stated in an announcement from this past year the creation of an All-domain Anomaly Resolution Office, which will work with other U.S. federal departments and agencies to spot, identify and attribute objects of interest, including anomalous, unidentified space, airborne, submerged, and trans-medium objects, in several areas of interest.
Rubio, who also served on the Senate Intelligence Committee in 2021, put forth a bill that sounded the call for the Unidentified Aerial Phenomenon Task Force in the wake of numerous reports indicating that objects were flying through the airspace of a number of top U.S. military installations.
“My thing is very simple, we don’t know what that stuff is that’s flying over the top of our installations,” Rubio stated to TMZ at that time. “Let’s find out.”