Joe Biden and his staff seemed to have told us a lot of misinformation about the Chinese spy balloon, as I reported earlier.
We were first told lies about the balloon’s discovery. They claimed that they didn’t have enough time to take it down. According to reports, they had been following it for at least a week, and they were able to splash it in the ocean before it crossed into American territory.
We were then told by Biden that even though it floated across the country for several days and over sensitive military installations, before being shot down, it was still cool because they stopped the Chinese from collecting any information. This was something I didn’t believe at that time. It’s not something I believe most people on the left believed. A Monday report confirmed that. As I said, Joe Biden’s remarks were a flat lie.
Biden claimed that it was not a major breach and downplayed spying. However, the new report stated that it obtained information from “several sensitive locations”. If you are in bed with the Chinese, that sounds like a major breach to me.
That wasn’t all. On February 9, Melissa Dalton, Assistant Defense Secretary, testified before Congress. It’s probably before the Senate Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, as she was due to testify that day.
Dalton testifies that “we were capable of protecting against PRC [People’s Republic of China] Intelligence Collection, which was straightforward because we knew where it was.”
If Monday’s report is true, Dalton’s testimony is false. According to the new report, they allowed it to do figure eights over sensitive areas without smoking it and then let it send the information back directly to Beijing. Dalton’s testimony to Congress is at best misleading. It would seem that the Chinese were not allowed to collect anything if you listen. We would not have known if there was any additional testimony. Since the PRC was able to collect information from sensitive sites, but also from multiple sensitive locations, they were unable to “protect”.
Congress should summon the Biden team to Congress and ask them about their knowledge and misinformation.
Dalton’s testimony also raises an additional issue I wrote about in February — when was Joe Biden informed of the balloon threat to U.S. airspace and space?
She claims that he was briefed by her on Jan. 31, as the aircraft crossed into Montana, in the continental United States. How about when it entered Alaskan Airspace? Why wasn’t he told? It would be reasonable to believe that he should have been informed when it happened, which was reportedly Jan. 28. Why didn’t he hear? Why didn’t he pick up the phone? He was away in Camp David that weekend and in Delaware and didn’t return to the White House until Monday, January 30. This question should be answered by the Biden administration.