Amateur-Hour, ClownShoes, or my favorite: "Felony Stupidity" (jump ahead to 2:48)
- Take your pick.
FAA Memo: Feds Knew NYC Flyover Would Cause Panic
Now, of course - the official statements are that Obama is "furious" and "investigating", etc., etc., blah, blah.
At the end of the day, the White House 'Military Office' took Air Force one out for a spin @ almost building-top-level, circling and buzzing NYC with what any reasonable person would have identified as a pair of "chase" F-16s closely tailing the bigger plane.
Who could possibly have predicted that people would be upset by such a thing?
Ah,... well... it turns out the answer to that question is "Pretty Much Everyone".
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.
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 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.
Okay, so they knew that the people of New York haven't completely forgotten 9-11 (the election of The One notwithstanding) and that, as such, buzzing lower Manhattan with a commercial airliner would likely have people evacuating buildings in anticipation of a potentially horrific, fiery death.
At least we can take solace in the knowledge that this office of the White House must have had a Very Good Reason for doing this, right?
And the 'Total Secrecy' over the operation that prevented anyone from saying "Nothing to Be Alarmed About, Folks" to the citizens of New York - that was for Security reasons - to keep the POTUS safe, right?
Ummm....yeah - about that...
The flyover -- apparently ordered by the White House Office of Military Affairs so it would have souvenir photos of Air Force One with the Statue of Liberty in the background"
Uh, Okay - my two-cents here:
If this is the alternative, please go back to cheap-DVD-sets and iPods.
- An AirForceOne joy-ride,
- White House threats of 'Federal Sanctions' against the NYPD,and the Mayor's Office
- Two F-16 fighter jets,
- A combined cost of about $328,000 for the 2-hour-tour
And O's response is "I didn't know"?
If this had been GW, do you think the whole of the MSM would have led-in with "Stupid", "Incompetent" or "Evil" first?
Oh, and here's a good bit too:
"The NYPD was so upset about the demand for secrecy that Police Commissioner Ray Kelly vowed never to follow such a directive again and he accused the feds of inciting fears of a 9/11 replay.
Uh-Oh, Mr. Kelly...
- Anger @ the White House?
- A vow not to bend to Federal control?
- Negative-conjecture and accusations against government motive?
Looks like the NYC Police Commissioner just made The List.
Welcome to the ranks of Right Wing Extremism, Ray - glad to have you.