Democratic and Republican lawmakers are demanding President Biden provide full transparency on what his administration knows about the now four unidentified flying objects that have been shot down over the U.S. and Canada in recent days. On Sunday, an additional unidentified flying object was shot down over Lake Huron in Michigan. This latest event follows recent shootdowns in Canada, Alaska, and off the coast of South Carolina. The North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) released a statement Sunday confirming that the fourth object was shot down by an F-16 at 2:42 p.m. “at the direction of President Biden, and based on the recommendations of Secretary Austin and military leadership.”
According to NORAD, the object was flying at 20,000 and was shot down because it could have been a “hazard” to “civil aviation.” However, neither the Pentagon nor NORAD has released additional information on the object which is leading lawmakers to demand more details. Montana GOP Sen. Steve Daines has said the Biden administration’s lack of transparency on the entire matter is “unacceptable.”
“The lack of communication from the Biden administration regarding the closing of Montana airspace last night and the recent shoot-downs that took place over Alaska and Canada is unacceptable,” Daines said in a statement.
“The top priority of the administration should be the safety and security of the people of the United States and keeping the American people informed is a key part of fulfilling that duty,” Daines continued. “President Biden owes Montanans and the country an immediate and full explanation. Without information, the public and media are left to rely on leaks, speculation, and worst of all disinformation from foreign governments.”
Other lawmakers also voiced their dissatisfaction in regards to the lack of details on the flying objects.
Sen. Ron Johnson stated, “Maximum transparency on what they learn about these objects is essential. We need to preemptively take the necessary steps to keep our nation safe. Purchase of replacement Large Power Transformers is a must to protect the nation’s electrical grid.”
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene said that “[the] lack of briefings” by the Biden administration is concerning. “There’s been space junk, weather balloons, spy balloons, and military advancements for years. All of a sudden, world superpowers are shooting unidentified objects down,” she tweeted Sunday. “This looks like a testing of military prowess. Lack of evidence and briefings are extremely noticeable.”
Rep. Elissa Slotkin, a Democrat, tweeted that she is committed to asking for Congress to receive a “full briefing” on what happened Sunday. “As long as these things keep traversing the US and Canada, I’ll continue to ask for Congress to get a full briefing based on our exploitation of the wreckage,” she wrote.