U.S. shot down 4 objects in 8 days….

A U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor, based out of Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, flies alongside a KC-135 Stratotanker during an aerial refueling mission above an undisclosed location, in this undated handout picture released by U.S. Air Force on July 29, 2019. Chris Drzazgowsk/U.S. Air Force/Handout via REUTERS

On instructions from President Joe Biden, a U.S. fighter plane downed a “unidentified object” over Lake Huron on Sunday. It was the latest military attack in an astonishing string of occurrences over American airspace that, according to Pentagon officials, has no parallel during peacetime. It was the fourth such downing in eight days.

According to Gen. Glen VanHerck, chief of NORAD and U.S. Northern Command, part of the reason for the repeated shootdowns is a “heightened alert” following a spy balloon from China that appeared over U.S. territory in late January.

Since then, fighter jets have also destroyed targets over Alaska and Canada last week. However, because so little was known about them, Pentagon officials were not ruling anything out, not even UFOs, when they said they presented no security dangers.

According to Melissa Dalton, assistant defense secretary for homeland defense, “We have been more thoroughly inspecting our airspace at these altitudes, including improving our radar, which may at least partially explain the uptick.”

Authorities in the United States have made it apparent that they are continuously on the lookout for mysterious radar blips, and that it is common practice to close airspace while investigating them. However, given that administration officials said the targets posed little threat to national security and that the downings were just done out of prudence, doubts were being raised about whether the unusually forceful response was justified.

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