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Man, fearing terrorists, fires at helicopter.
CNN ^ | July 20, 2002 | Associated Press

Posted on 07/20/2002 11:39:45 PM PDT by spetznaz

Edited on 04/29/2004 2:00:52 AM PDT by Jim Robinson. [history]

WILLIAMSBURG, Virginia (AP) -- A man armed with an assault-style rifle opened fire on a helicopter landing in a residential neighborhood, thinking the chopper was carrying terrorists, police said.

Helicopter pilot John S. Sutton landed his helicopter July 13 at the home of businessman John Peters to pick him up, police said.


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KEYWORDS: assaultrifles; crazies; guns; helicopters; terrorist
I fear we may experience more 'natural reactions' as the days go by from such individuals.

Remember what Justice Louis Brandeis said: The greatest danger to liberty lurk in insidious encroachment by men of zeal, well-meaning but without understanding.

1 posted on 07/20/2002 11:39:45 PM PDT by spetznaz
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To: PsyOp; swarthyguy; a_Turk
Crazy guy ping!
2 posted on 07/20/2002 11:40:24 PM PDT by spetznaz
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To: spetznaz
Already posted.
3 posted on 07/20/2002 11:41:32 PM PDT by VaBthang4
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To: spetznaz
Was it a black helicopter?
4 posted on 07/20/2002 11:42:38 PM PDT by Paleo Conservative
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To: Paleo Conservative
Was it a black helicopter?

----> Actually it was a UFO.
5 posted on 07/20/2002 11:54:44 PM PDT by dennisw
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To: spetznaz
Where was Gore and who did he channel?
6 posted on 07/20/2002 11:57:19 PM PDT by PRND21
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To: spetznaz
You forgot the hold muh beer tag.
7 posted on 07/20/2002 11:59:04 PM PDT by swarthyguy
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To: VaBthang4
I would appreciate if you could post a link to the other thread so that any Freeper who comes on this one can know where to go to find the other (in case their is more discussion on the other one).

Cu drag.

8 posted on 07/20/2002 11:59:08 PM PDT by spetznaz
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To: spetznaz


Also posted here
9 posted on 07/21/2002 12:05:51 AM PDT by chance33_98
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To: spetznaz
Well, I don't know about you guys, but I've never seen a helocopter land in my neighborhood. What would the coast wathcers of WWII have done?
10 posted on 07/21/2002 1:00:28 AM PDT by joeyman
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To: spetznaz
If I`m the judge, he gets out the day after Al Gore is president, what a jerk!
11 posted on 07/21/2002 1:02:10 AM PDT by bybybill
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To: joeyman
Well during WW2 “helicopters” were a rare sight. What if this had been a life flight chopper. The story is kind of funny but only because no one was hurt.
12 posted on 07/21/2002 1:07:57 AM PDT by Texasforever
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To: joeyman
Well, I don't know about you guys, but I've never seen a helocopter land in my neighborhood. What would the coast wathcers of WWII have done?

Didn't you see the movie:

The Russians are Coming, The Russians are Coming"?

13 posted on 07/21/2002 5:07:05 AM PDT by waterstraat
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To: spetznaz
John Chwaszczewski, a semiretiredtarded construction worker
14 posted on 07/21/2002 6:40:24 AM PDT by verity
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To: Texasforever
Well during WW2 “helicopters” were a rare sight. What if this had been a life flight chopper.

Here in the Fresno/Clovis area of CA, there are I think 3 different police helicopters flying around. They fly low over our home at least 5 times a week.


15 posted on 07/21/2002 6:46:51 AM PDT by Clovis_Skeptic
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To: spetznaz
It reminds me of George Gobbel the TV entertainer talking about his WWII years being stationed in Oklahoma. He said, "No Jap bombers got past Tulsa, by golly."
16 posted on 07/21/2002 6:56:49 AM PDT by Chemnitz
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To: Chemnitz
Okay, did a freeper do this? I have some in mind who might do this. Actually a heli in my neighborhood would unnerve me but I don't think I would shoot at it.
17 posted on 07/21/2002 8:12:40 AM PDT by cajungirl
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To: spetznaz
Remember what Justice Louis Brandeis said: The greatest danger to liberty lurk in insidious encroachment by men of zeal, well-meaning but without understanding.

Well, praise the Hebrew G*d that He gave us men, like Louis Brandeis, who were in possession of greater than average understanding. Absent them, we poor, slobbering, flyover-country simpletons just wouldn't have known what to do with our lives [not that we ever possessed the understanding to appreciate those lives in the first place].

18 posted on 07/21/2002 9:39:47 AM PDT by SlickWillard
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To: Texasforever
Bump! My thoughts exactly. A helo landed on the lawn outside my country club's swimming pool last weekend. It was quite a spectacle. My first thought was immediately that someone had a heart attack on the golf course, and that the helicopter was there to transport him to the hospital. What kind of idiot would start firing a rifle at a landing helicopter?
19 posted on 07/21/2002 9:41:12 AM PDT by TheEngineer
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To: TheEngineer
What kind of idiot would start firing a rifle at a landing helicopter?

The same kind of idiot who would fly a commercial helicopter into a residential neighborhood to pick up a customer, then lie to authorities that he had a mechanical malfunction.

20 posted on 07/21/2002 9:48:43 AM PDT by TADSLOS
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To: cajungirl; All
Okay, did a freeper do this? I have some in mind who might do this. Actually a heli in my neighborhood would unnerve me but I don't think I would shoot at it.

I'd like to shoot at helicopters...but I refrain. Funny, I'm a semi-retired construction worker too. Hmmm.

Seriously though, even though I would agree with everybody here that this sounds really really bad the local authories did fine the helicopter pilot for reckless flying so maybe the guy did have reason to get a little excited about it. Just not that excited.

Remember, FReepers, don't shoot 'til you see the whites of their eyes.

21 posted on 07/21/2002 5:36:00 PM PDT by TigersEye
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The same kind of idiot who would fly a commercial helicopter into a residential neighborhood to pick up a customer, then lie to authorities that he had a mechanical malfunction

Exactly! We had a case in FL where county officials were investigating a man for running a business out of his property. The officials flew their helicopter at a low altitude over his place and started taking pictures. He came out with a rifle in hand and pointed it at the aircraft.

They hauled him off to court, but he walked out b/c they flew too low - in illegal airspace for residential zoning. He had pictures and took the altitude from the scope on his rifle, I believe.

22 posted on 07/21/2002 7:34:07 PM PDT by stainlessbanner
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To: spetznaz
This mans reaction is not unlike the stock market profssionals reaction to the news. They are all spooked and ready to respond.

This man does not need to be prosecuted. He should be sent to get some psychological help for his paranoia. Is he to blame when the media/government complex feeds America a steady diet of fear?

23 posted on 07/22/2002 12:58:51 AM PDT by SamBees
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To: spetznaz; swarthyguy; Marine Inspector
It wasn't even a black helicopter! What was this guy thinking? If I we're him, I'd use the "Post Alien Abduction Stress Syndrom" defense, and claim that I thought they were coming to give me another anal probe. He might get off on an insanity plea.
24 posted on 07/22/2002 9:51:10 AM PDT by PsyOp
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To: spetznaz
"Remember what Justice Louis Brandeis said: The greatest danger to liberty lurk in insidious encroachment by men of zeal, well-meaning but without understanding."

I think he was referring to folks like John Ashcroft...

25 posted on 07/22/2002 11:07:28 AM PDT by Redbob
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To: Redbob
I think he was referring to folks like John Ashcroft...

Naw, Ashcroft doesn't mean well at all and he understands perfectly what he's doing. I've never agreed with that Brandeis quote because he's giving politicians an excuse for their crimes. The bastards are not well-meaning idiots, they're idiots bearing evil intent.

26 posted on 07/25/2002 5:35:48 AM PDT by Twodees
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