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Charlotte Tyler
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February 19, 2023
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11:45 pm

'We're Going To See More Of This,' says Biden spy chief in response to the balloon controversy

On Friday, the Biden administration's spy chief raised hopes for a future in which "high-altitude vehicles" will be commonplace.

During a speech at the Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs, Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines addressed the suspected Chinese spy balloon controversy briefly, according to The Daily Wire.

Haines, who oversees the US intelligence community, described the situation as "crazy" in recent weeks.

“It’s so crazy. It’s really like an episode of ‘Veep,’ you know, on some level,” she quipped, referring to the HBO political satire show that starred Julia Louis-Dreyfus.

On Friday, the spy chief for the Biden administration expressed optimism for a future in which "high-altitude vehicles" will be commonplace.

Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines briefly addressed the suspected Chinese spy balloon controversy during a speech at the Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs. Haines, who oversees the US intelligence community, has described the situation as "crazy" in recent weeks.

“When a country is caught spying in a clear and obvious way, right? Like another country responds to it, and I think that’s appropriate,” she said.

“I think that it’s perfectly reasonable to have a clear and forceful reaction to a Chinese high altitude balloon — you know — flying over the United States and surveilling us.”

Haines then provided a glimpse of the challenges of a flying car future, similar to what might be seen in an episode of "The Jetsons."

“I think there is a question of — as technology improves as we start to see more high-altitude vehicles, in effect, that we’re going to see more of this,” Haines said. “And we’re going to have to understand that and manage it.”

President Joe Biden made his first public remarks about the Chinese balloon, as well as the three unidentified flying objects shot down over North America in the days that followed, on Thursday.

According to him, the current assessment of the US intelligence community is that the three objects "were most likely balloons tied to private companies, recreation, or research institutions studying weather or conducting other scientific research."

Following a note that the United States is “enhancing our radar to pick up more slow-moving objects above our country and around the world,” Biden went on to say he has tasked his team to develop “sharper rules” on how the United States will deal with “unidentified objects moving forward, distinguishing — distinguishing between those that are likely to pose safety and security risks that necessitate action and those that do not.”

Haines believes Biden's approach, which includes keeping partners informed, is "a pretty classic and appropriate way to handle" the situation.

Written By:
Charlotte Tyler

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