Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Ok, let's play 'Who's Lying?"

The recent fly-by of the Statue of Liberty (supposedly for a promo photo update) was supposedly announced to public officials:

Caldera did say that the mission was approved by him last week and that the correct authorities (state and local) were notified.
WTF?? But NY Mayor Bloomberg clearly didn't know about it... you'd think if anyone would...

Oh, but there's more:
These authorities admitted to that but indicated they had been told to keep the issue quiet by the FAA and if anyone inquired about the flight they should be referred to the FAA Security Coordinator. Further, the flight would occur in the vicinity of the Statue of Liberty.
From ohmygov.com:

FROM: FAA Air Traffic System Operations Security (AJR-2)

SUBJECT: Flight Notification- New York City -Statue of Liberty Photo Op, Upper New York Bay / Newark Bay on April 27, 2009, 10:00L. (amended 4/23)

The information in this document is considered FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY, and should only be shared with persons with a need to know. Information in this document shall not be released to the public or media.

1. The Department of Defense (DOD), in coordination with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), will conduct a flying photo op in the New York City Area on April 27, 2009 involving a transport and fighter aircraft. Below are the details regarding the operation.

• Date: Monday April 27, 2009 (Primary), April 28 or April 30 (weather backup dates)
• Number / Type Aircraft: 1 VC-25 and 2 F-16s. Actual photo op will only have VC25 and 1 F16.
• Callsign: VENUS01
• Departure point: ADW
• Arrival point: ADW
• Flight Plan: Crews will file two separate IFR flight plans:
Requested altitude FL190B210

• Planned Departure Time: 0930 approximately
• Planned Time On Photo Op Location: 10:00 -10:30L.
• Planned Photo Op Altitude: 1000-1500ft
• Number of Passes: 2, possibly 3

The aircraft will depart ADW via IFR clearance as a three (3) ship formation to Sea Isle (SIE). At SIE one (1) of the fighters will leave the flight and return to ADW IFR via SIE ATR V308 BILIT ADW.

The VC25 and 1 F16 will proceed IFR to CAMRN intersection south of JFK. In the vicinity of CAMRN intersection the aircraft will cancel IFR and proceed VFR with New York TRACON (N90) towards the Verranzano Bridge. N90 will hand the aircraft off to Newark Tower (EWR) for the flight in the Upper NY and Newark Bay. Upon completion of the final pass the aircraft will be treated as a EWR departure and pickup an IFR clearance back to ADW.

The photo op portion of the flight will be VFR in accordance with the specified ground track as per the attached map (Attachment 1). On the northbound flight segments the fighter aircraft will be offset to the east by approximately ½ mile. During the southbound flight segment the fighter will re-position to remain offset to the aircraft within the depicted box.

The operation will be monitored by FAA Air Traffic Security Coordinators (ATSC) at the Domestic Event Network at FAA Headquarters from start to finish. Any questions or issues can be directed to the FAA ATSC at the DEN. The FAA ATSC can be reached at (202) 493-5107.

The Public Affairs posture for this effort is passive. No media or press releases are planned. Please direct all media inquiries to the FAA Air Traffic Security Coordinator at (202) 493-5107. Due to the possibility of public concern regarding DOD aircraft flying at low levels, coordination with Federal, State and Local law enforcement agencies, emergency operations centers and aviation units has been accomplished.


AJR-2 System Operations Security

Hm. Could this possibly be some hard-right asshole in the Pentagon trying to stir up trouble?

People were threatened into silence about it.

Trouble is, NY cops don't take threats well:

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.

"Did it show an insensitivity to the psychic wounds New York City has after 9/11? Absolutely. No questions about it. It was quite insensitive," Kelly said.
Yo Ray! Of COURSE they were trying to incite fears of a 9/11 replay! That's all the lunatic fringe has left - bullshit and fear.

Personally, I'm glad this happened - now there's a reason to investigate, find the shithead that thought they could get away with this and nail their balls up.

News flash to all you screamin' whackjobs out there - Obama won the election. If you keep fucking with our country it's not going to go well for you. People won't play along like they did for Bushco.

Welcome back to a nation of laws not men.

I look forward to seeing the FAA jerkoff that kept this secret booted out of his cushy little sinecure.

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