Skip to comments.FAA Memo: Feds Knew NYC Flyover Would Cause Panic
Posted on 04/29/2009 9:06:26 AM PDT by Nachum
NEW YORK (CBS) ―
An F-16 fighter jet trails a larger military aircraft over Lower Manhattan Monday, April 27, 2009, conducting a photo shoot that panicked thousands of New Yorkers who believed the city was in jeopardy for another terrorist attack.
A furious President Barack Obama ordered an internal review of Monday's low-flying photo op over the Statue of Liberty.
CBS 2 HD has discovered the feds will have plenty to question.
Federal officials knew that sending two fighter jets and a 747 from the presidential fleet to buzz ground zero and Lady Liberty might set off nightmarish fears of a 9/11 replay, but they still ordered the photo-op kept secret from the public
(Excerpt) Read more at wcbstv.com ...
The List, ping
Just another symptom of the entire administration being amateurs.
Photo op? ah.
1st rule of insulting outsiderism: denial and demeaning of the abused’s authority, ie. “honey, it’s not what it looks like”.
Given the complete incompetency that has been shown by Obummer and his entire administration in the first 100 days, this should come as no surprise to anybody. So much for what the Obummer administration thinks of New York and its citizens.
Here’s a disturbing part of that article:
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.
Federal sanctions if someone said anything? Are you kidding me?!
If I was in NYC and saw this happening, after I ran for my life, I would be on the phone with attorneys asking to sue the pants off of the FedGuv. Yes, I know it’s pointless and futile, but these idiots think they can get away with anything!
Obama isn’t in charge. The inmates are in charge of the asylum, and these back office people in his administration are complete dolts. Guess Obama fits right in!
From the “don’t call it swine” flu, to the “call it photo op” fly over, let us make sure our retarding nation and government does not have hurting here. They love us like Barney, this man behind the mask/teleprompter who is not “daddy Obama”. (sarc off)
The MSM has done its utmost to minimize 9/11 as a footnote in history, thereby eroding support for the War On Terror and the Bush Administration.
If folks did not panic, did not get upset, it would have been a sure sign of the public's ready complacency.
For what, I don't know, and that is what concerns me the most.
A third of a million dollars is chump change to this crowd...they toss away **trillions** of our dollars.
when ‘stupid’ threatens the general population with idiot stunts like this, the terrorists have effectively won.
way to go, Obama..
Wag the 747
My first thought was of Obama.
I thought: “Effin’ a-hole.”
What a sorry state of affairs when that’s the first thing that comes to your mind...
Wasting tax payer dollars by Obama to get some footage for his permanent campaign—A-OKAY. Private individuals using private jets—greedy, rich bastards.
Where’s this memo?
I agree with your premise and question, but in this White House, that amount of money could have come from a petty cash box. ;>)
$328,000 might be seen as pocket change should lawsuits begin to fly. Horrify my loved ones like this, and I would loose the dogs of war.
Loved Babyfreep’s comment on another thread: “Scare Force One”
Obama said he didn’t know about the terrorizing event.
If that’s true, he’s just proven what we’ve tried to tell him.
The government in DC is too cumbersome.
Heck, officials working in the White House can’t even keep in touch with each other.
Obama and his cronies have their fingers in TOO MANY PIES.
Well, it would be interesting to know what call sign was used. If it was SAM 28000 or SAM 29000 then no first family member was aboard. If it was Executive One Foxtrot that means Michele, the mother-in-law,and/or the kids were on board
The photos were taken in order to show Obama his new fiefdom...Wall Street.
Someone posted a thread here yesterday suggesting that the fighter plane accompanying AF-1 seemed to have a red tail, and suggested that maybe it was a photo-op for a movie being made about the Tuskegee airmen—a group of black fighter pilots—in World War II. I think the director is George Lucas.
We know that Obama takes an interest in this group, and that, according to an earlier article posted here, several of them were brought to his inauguration:
I don’t know whether yesterday’s thread about the Tuskegee Airmen was removed, or whether I’m just using the wrong words to look for it, but I can’t seem to find it.
The Tuskeegee Airmen were recently re-formed as a group, and they continue to use their signature of red tails on their fighters. The fighter accompanying AF-1 in those videos and photos appears to have a red tail, although it’s a bit too small in the photo to be certain.
Maybe the movie about these heroes of WW II was planning some sort of final scene showing Obama being escorted by the Redtails on some world-saving mission? That would be a great propaganda op for him.
Up next on the Obama terror channel: A rental truck parade in Oklahoma City.
perhaps they’ll next do a mock suicide attack with a squadron of F-16s. head straight for the empire state building but peel away at the last moment. just an exercise, folks! :P
Maybe what we need is not a list of the passengers on Air Force One, but a list of the pilots of the accompanying fighters, or the IDs of the fighters.
“IMO, this entire “stunt” was performed SOLELY to determine public reaction.”
Could be. Otherwise, why were these officials sworn to secrecy? It really makes no sense.
Ask WCBSTV for the memo to be posted to the article using this form: http://wcbstv.com/formsection?fid=996668
They are asking for feedback on how you feel about the feds threatening sanctions on NY if someone spilled the beans.
Re: Why is there a new flight path today - low commercial planes towards EWR #13
Joined: 4/27 10:32 Posts: 3
So, just like you, I heard the house shake as the plane got closer. From my living room on the 5th floor, I have a clear view to the south, since there are no buildings taller than mine in that direction. The plane was making a counterclockwise circle, coming from about the Verrazano-Narrows, turning in JC, and then heading toward Newark. I lost sight of it only because of the haze but would have been able to see the full circle on a clear day. Three things got my attention right away: it was very low, it was not a commercial plane, and, of course, the fighter escort. Also, the fighter had a red tail and the plane had a white hull with blue and turquoise underbelly. That's when I realized it looked like Air Force One.
Next time the plane came around, I was ready with my binoculars. This time, I could see the seal on the right/starboard side of the plane. The plane made 3 counterclockwise circles total and hasn't been back since. This actually made me less worried because if it were a real emergency or something was wrong, more fighters would have arrived by then and they would not have let the plane circle that low and that close to the city three times.
Anyway, I have no idea why they would do that, but it was either AF1 or a 747 painted to look like it. I looked for planes or helicopters that could have been filming and didn't see any, though I see someone else has posted that it was a photo shoot.
That is Comment #13 at this Jersey City blog:
Hey watch this.....panic in the streets.
I think that’s the idea. I think Obama ordered the military to do this for the forthcoming Lucas movie, so he could get himself into it and be associated with the heroic Tuskegee Airmen.
If so, no doubt the whole thing will now be quietly dropped on Obama’s orders.
They really take us for a$$holes.
It is actually pretty easy to as this kind of tail art temporarily.
I thought movie too. Your find is very interesting...
Don’t blame Obama, he was only 40 when 9/11 happened...
Kinda like he was three months for the Bay of Pigs...
even though it was in April and he wasn’t born till August.
Like ‘Selma got me born’, even though it happened after he was born. /s
We know how the O will answer this... right? (graphic warning)
Now here’s the lyrics (little graphic lang., not so much graphic video)
I wish I could say what I really think about him but I don't want to get banned from FR.
Just about everyone knows that DC is a restricted fly over area.
From the info I got they photo op was to be over the Washington Monument.
No way they get that clearance without the highest authority.
I especially like that the poster specified, The plane made 3 counterclockwise circles total and hasn't been back since. This actually made me less worried because if it were a real emergency or something was wrong, more fighters would have arrived by then and they would not have let the plane circle that low and that close to the city three times. Anyway, I have no idea why they would do that, but it was either AF1 or a 747 painted to look like it. I looked for planes or helicopters that could have been filming and didn't see any, though I see someone else has posted that it was a photo shoot.
RE my post 48 above — I need to correct, the poster was NOT a New Yorker, but I think was in New Jersey. My goof!
Now that looks like something Lucas would want to include at the end of his movie.
I have just put this up on my site. Excellent.
Memo discussion here: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/2241304/posts