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Message 2114027 - Posted: 3 Feb 2023, 9:42:55 UTC

Suspected Chinese spy balloon found over northern U.S..

The U.S. military has been monitoring a suspected Chinese surveillance balloon that has been hovering over the northern U.S. for the past few days, and military and defense leaders have discussed shooting it out of the sky, according to two U.S. officials and a senior defense official.

“The United States government has detected and is tracking a high-altitude surveillance balloon that is over the continental United States right now,” Pentagon spokesperson Brig. Gen. Pat Ryder told NBC News. “We continue to track and monitor it closely.”

“Once the balloon was detected, the U.S. government acted immediately to protect against the collection of sensitive information,” Ryder said.

The high-altitude balloon was spotted over Billings, Montana, on Wednesday. It flew over the Aleutian Islands, through Canada, and into Montana. A senior defense official said the balloon is still over the U.S. but declined to say where it is now....
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Message 2114046 - Posted: 3 Feb 2023, 20:11:41 UTC
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China’s bizarre excuse for ‘spy balloon’ hovering over America.

China has bizarrely claimed that an alleged spy balloon spotted over the US is actually a Chinese “civilian airship” which had deviated from its planned route due to unexpected winds.

The Pentagon earlier confirmed it was tracking a Chinese spy balloon that appeared to be surveilling highly sensitive nuclear weapons sites.

“We know it’s a surveillance balloon,” Department of Defence press secretary, General Pat Ryder, told reporters on Friday.

“We did a very close assessment in terms of what it’s doing.

“It’s manoeuverable. It’s violating US airspace. It does not pose a risk to civilians on the ground.”

The object flew over Alaska’s Aleutian Islands and through Canada before appearing over the city of Billings in Montana then travelling to the middle of the country, according to officials...
The U.S. strikes back.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken postpones China trip over 'unacceptable' Chinese spy balloon violation.
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Message 2114061 - Posted: 4 Feb 2023, 0:01:56 UTC - in response to Message 2114046.  

The latest I have seen says, the Chinese say it is a weather balloon that has flown off course.
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Message 2114062 - Posted: 4 Feb 2023, 0:09:09 UTC - in response to Message 2114061.  
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The latest I have seen says, the Chinese say it is a weather balloon that has flown off course.

Note:

    There are oversized solar panels that are powering a surprisingly large equipment enclosure... Suggesting that ain't any sort of weather balloon instrument package...

    It has also remained aloft far longer than any weather balloon normally would...

    And the altitude is being controlled...


... All not the sort of thing you see for merely a weather balloon...

(And the Chinese authorities are well known for their lies and deceit...)


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Message 2114068 - Posted: 4 Feb 2023, 6:26:49 UTC - in response to Message 2114061.  

The latest I have seen says, the Chinese say it is a weather balloon that has flown off course.
We'll certainly have to see just what footage was gleaned from those U.S. fighter jets that were flying around it blocking signals coming from and going to it won't we. ;-)
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Message 2114090 - Posted: 4 Feb 2023, 15:15:02 UTC - in response to Message 2114068.  

The latest I have seen says, the Chinese say it is a weather balloon that has flown off course.
We'll certainly have to see just what footage was gleaned from those U.S. fighter jets that were flying around it blocking signals coming from and going to it won't we. ;-)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IV0VvbPSU-I
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Message 2114104 - Posted: 4 Feb 2023, 21:04:38 UTC - in response to Message 2114102.  

Yep, NPR just said the balloon was just shot down over the Atlantic.
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Message 2114121 - Posted: 5 Feb 2023, 4:08:56 UTC

And the Chinese arn't happy about it.

China reacts to US shooting down alleged spy balloon.
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Message 2114276 - Posted: 8 Feb 2023, 5:21:19 UTC

I can't wait for the screams.

Chinese-made security cameras to be removed from Australian War Memorial due to spyware concerns.

Considering how hard the right were onto Chinese technology while in government you have to wonder why they let those be installed in the fist place.
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Message 2114295 - Posted: 8 Feb 2023, 14:05:46 UTC - in response to Message 2114276.  

I can't wait for the screams.

Chinese-made security cameras to be removed from Australian War Memorial due to spyware concerns.

Considering how hard the right were onto Chinese technology while in government you have to wonder why they let those be installed in the fist place.
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Message 2114344 - Posted: 9 Feb 2023, 2:09:12 UTC

It seems that our ex anti-Chinese right wing government bought a lot of Chinese anti-security surveillance cameras while they were at the helm.

Commonwealth offices 'riddled' with security cameras linked to Chinese government.

An audit has uncovered more than 900 units of surveillance equipment built by companies linked to the Chinese government within Commonwealth government buildings.

The government has been urged to rip out cameras and security gear made by Hikvision and Dahua in the wake of them being banned in the United States and United Kingdom due to fears they may contain spyware.

Shadow Cyber Security Minister James Paterson issued questions over six months to each federal agency, after the Home Affairs Department was unable to say how many of the cameras, access control systems or intercoms were installed in Commonwealth buildings.

He said the audit found the Commonwealth was "riddled" with the units, and some departments were unsure how many may were present on their sites.

"We urgently need a plan from the Albanese government to rip every one of these devices out of Australian government departments and agencies," Senator Paterson said.

The Australian War Memorial and National Disability Insurance Agency have both already promised to remove cameras found at their sites....
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Message 2114361 - Posted: 9 Feb 2023, 10:39:50 UTC - in response to Message 2114344.  

"riddled" with the units

Same goes for any/all cloud connected cameras/devices...

... And do we know the full extent of what Google, Amazon, Apple, Microsoft, IBM, others, do with your life data and where that goes?

Head in the clouds 'n' all that?


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Message 2114509 - Posted: 11 Feb 2023, 17:01:17 UTC - in response to Message 2114464.  
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US shoots down another ‘high-altitude object’ over Alaska
https://thehill.com/policy/defense/3852988-us-shoots-down-another-high-altitude-object-over-alaskan-airspace/


NBC news featured an image of the object shot down over Alaska. It looks nothing like a balloon or a drone aircraft. It appears as a very long , thin, dark rectangle. There is a right-angled gap at the upper end, and another, much shorter, thicker rectangle near this.

The object looks almost like a cylindrical rocket casing, seen in a side view, but it was not in orbit, nor reentering the atmosphere. It was observed to float at around 40,000 feet, for at least 24 hours, moving very slowly.

Below, please find a link to the NBC news video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p5gpVHfqARk
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Message 2114521 - Posted: 11 Feb 2023, 19:29:32 UTC

They've had enough of China's South Sea B.S..

Asian countries push back on China’s wild demand.

Jakarta is calling Beijing’s bluff.

Indonesia has moved to revive regional talks on China’s long demanded “code of conduct” for the South China Sea. Will it force the new, “loveable” Xi Jinping to reveal his true colours?

Beijing is demanding that Indonesia, Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Vietnam and Taiwan surrender their territorial rights to the South China Sea. But all have rejected its claim of “historical” ownership of the 3.5 million square kilometre waterway.

Now escalating military pressure from China is forcing the traditionally non-aligned South East Asian states to seek mutual and international support.

“The situation in the South China Sea is far from stable,” Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) analyst Greg Poling says.

“Chinese vessels engaged in dangerous and escalatory encounters with those of other states regularly throughout 2022.”

Now Jakarta has put Beijing in a position where it must either put up, or shut up....
And they're not alone.
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