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FAA Memo: Feds Knew NYC Flyover Would Cause Panic

Original post made by Sharon, Midtown, on Apr 28, 2009

Feds threatened Federal Sanctions Against NYPD, Secret Service, FBI & Mayor's Office If Secret Ever Got Out.

"In a memo obtained by CBS 2 HD the Federal Aviation Administration's James Johnston said the agency was aware of
"the possibility of public concern regarding DOD (Department of Defense) aircraft flying at low altitudes"
in an around New York City.
But they demanded total secrecy from the NYPD, the Secret Service, the FBI and even the mayor's office and threatened federal sanctions if the secret got out."Web Link

Never loose the opportunity of a crisis seems to be the policy now, this one backfired.

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Posted by Jarred
a resident of Midtown
on Apr 28, 2009 at 7:17 pm

Hope and Change!

A stunt as breathtakingly moronic as the NYC flyover would seem to require Joe Biden as at least a co-author, but maybe Obama is catching up and can do these things by himself now.

I propose a simple division of labor: Biden can alternately confuse and terrify the populace with incoherent ramblings, wild-eyed predictions of doom and ill-conceived stunts, while Obama nationalizes industries, regulates all known activity for "our own good", doubles the national debt in 8 years, lets Iran get nukes, and apologizes for the US to dictators, Islamofascists and even fellow socialists.

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Posted by anonymous
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Apr 28, 2009 at 8:06 pm

What in heck did Biden have to do with this!

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Posted by Paul
a resident of Downtown North
on Apr 28, 2009 at 10:25 pm

This is routine accommodation of a defense contractor. Only a liberal would whine about it.

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Posted by Perspective
a resident of Midtown
on Apr 29, 2009 at 2:39 pm

Amazing silence on this by the media. The whole thing is wrong on so many levels. Imagine a Repub Pres claiming he knew nothing about this.

1) Either he would be accused of lying to cover up, or of incompetence for not tracking his staff's decisions better

2) A clamor would arise to fire the person responsible for such a moronic act.

3) A clamor would arise about the waste of gas, money, all for propoganda, when we already have photos of AF1 in front of the Statue.

The usual double standard.

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Posted by Paul
a resident of Downtown North
on Apr 29, 2009 at 5:07 pm

You left out the black helicopters, P. Turn in your Junior Conspiracist badge immediately.

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Posted by Sharon
a resident of Midtown
on Apr 29, 2009 at 5:15 pm

It was very, very poor judgment,

scared a lot of people and cost around $400,000 dollars.

The image could have been photoshoped for $100 or less.

It was reminiscent of the Styrofoam Temple Obama used in Denver.

Narcissism is one thing but fiscal waste in these times is a serious matter.

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Posted by 747 Test
a resident of Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on May 1, 2009 at 2:58 am

Rumor has it that it was a top secret test - photo-op story was a coverup that soon got hushed up.

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Posted by Perspective
a resident of Midtown
on May 7, 2009 at 4:27 pm

So, let me get this is NOT in the interest of America to release the photo of AF 1 flying over NYC, but it IS in the interest of America to release photos of Abu Graib abuse by personnel who have been tried, convicted and imprisoned for their crime, in the interst of ...what?

There is only one outcome of such a release, to be used as anti-American propoganda under the auspices of "this is the norm", not "this was caught and punished"

The ACLU says that Americans have a right to know, that the press has an obligation to inform..etc

Under the same convoluted thinking, we should cause front page photos of every single person who has been tortured ( and I mean loss of bodily integrity) and killed in America by ..say..illegal aliens who have beeen caught, convicted and jailed. Heck, that won't inflame anything, will it? AFter all, it would only show how good we are at catching and jailing the bad guys, right, just like how good our military is at prosecuting and convicting its own bad guys. I am sure nobody would use the photos to inflame and propogandize.

Or, if you don't like that analogy, maybe we should publish on the front pages of all the papers of the nation, and across the world, all the tortured and murdered people in our nation along with the PEOPLE WHO WERE CONVICTED AND JAILED for the crime. That would do America a lot of good, ya know..the public has a right to know, right? The world needs to see in picture form who the majority of murderers are and what they do to people..proving who we are and how bad we are, even though we have a rule of law that forbids such horrors, prosecutes and jails the perps of these horrors...

The only point of NOT releasing the AF 1 debacle is to try to not embarrass the Admin...the only point of releasing the photos used to convict and jail aberrant military personnel is to fan the flame of anti-military and anti-American hatred.

The hypocrisy and naivete of this Administration completely knocks me over.

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Posted by Sharon
a resident of Midtown
on May 7, 2009 at 6:26 pm

“The $328,835 snapshots of an Air Force One backup plane buzzing lower Manhattan last week will not be shown to the public, the White House said yesterday. ‘We have no plans to release them,’ an aide to President Obama told The Post, refusing to comment further.”Web Link

Since the stated purpose of the flight, which nearly caused a panic in New York due its resemblance to the 9/11 attack, was to take publicity photographs of an Air Force One type aircraft over New York City, then that purpose has been defeated by the restriction.

“The photos . . . are classified — that’s ridiculous,” Councilman Peter Vallone Jr., said.

The NY Post speculates that the lid came on in order to avoid reminding the public of the fiasco.
Time to move along, I guess

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Posted by Perspective
a resident of Midtown
on May 7, 2009 at 7:04 pm

Exactly, wouldn't want to inflame a public against you personally, just against the FORMER Admin and our military...

I sure hope the ever growing silence I hear from former BHO supporters is indicative of "The Emperor has no Clothes" moments exploding all over the nation.

The only ones left seem to be in the media..they have a vested interest in continuing to make him look as good as possible, or they know who America will turn on even more for their complicity in the biggest media coverup in American history.

Move on!

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Posted by The Real Sharon
a resident of Midtown
on May 8, 2009 at 7:30 am

Yes, Sharon, time to move on. You will need to find other threads to do your pot stirring. Take Perspective with you, as well.

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