Someone honestly, truly thought it would be a good idea to approve a "photo opportunity" involving a large airliner, trailed by a fighter jet, flying at low level over a city that still hasn't filled the big hole in the ground left after the last "man-caused disaster" that killed 3,000 people in that same city. And that it would be an even better idea to make sure any local authorities who did know about this flyover in advance wouldn't let residents of that city know anything about it ahead of time.
As Glenn Reynolds says, the country's in the very best of hands.
I have the feeling Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano is going to be saying "Mistakes were made" a lot between now and the day she finally resigns.
UPDATE II: They knew what would happen:
I'd already given up on Obama's promise to post the full text of bills on the White House website for five days before he signed them, so that at least someone would read them. But this?
Federal officials knew that sending two fighter jets and Air Force One 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 (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.
I'm so glad the "smart" people are finally in charge of the government.