May 6th, 2009
09:06 AM ET
9 years ago

Plane scare photos classified

(CNN) - American Morning's Alina Cho reports on the Obama administration's decision to classify photos taken during a recent, controversial photo-op over lower Manhattan.

Related: White House apologizes for low-flying plane

Filed under: New York • Obama administration
soundoff (108 Responses)
  1. A Proud Arrogant American

    So much for "Transparent Government"

    May 6, 2009 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  2. Elmer Dudley

    Is it true tat the reason the White House won't release the photos is that Obama's girls' classmates were on a pleasure ride on AF I, picnicking and having a class excursion?

    May 6, 2009 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  3. I Heart New York

    Classify a couple of publicity photos but declassify interrogation memos?

    I should have voted for Hillary.

    May 6, 2009 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  4. dustbunny

    So what's the big deal. The photo has allready been seen by the public. Is he trying to cover up a mistake or what.

    May 6, 2009 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  5. Art

    Seems to be a little after the fact, don't you think? The photos have already been shown. Is this the administrations way of covering it up?

    May 6, 2009 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  6. AndrewCPA

    So classified documents from the Bush era are public that contain details into our national security and photos of a plane are classifies??

    This makes no sense?? I am not a fan of what we have done related to CIA / Military, but at the time we were trying to prevent something else.

    But please a photo.... something just does not seem right here.

    Now lets find out why these are being classified.

    May 6, 2009 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  7. Ralph

    What is the point of classifying these photos? There are plenty of videos circulating, why not just release them? Perhaps there are photos documenting additional, or more blatant reckless behavior on the part of the pilots. Perhaps there are photos documenting the occupants of these aircraft. Considering, my tax dollars, in the amount of $325,000, paid for these photos of the aircraft my tax dollars purchased, I feel I have the right to see these photos. Hell, at that price, I should have an 8X10 mounted in a Tiffany picture frame delivered to my house. This registered Democrat is not happy with the clowns we have running wild in the Oval Office, like a bunch of 10 year olds in a toy store without their parents. I'm soooooo happy Barry and Joey got their burgers. Must have been a slow news day for that one to make the rounds on cable news. Don't bother to actually do some investigative journalism on real issues. Why doesn't the media find out who authorized this moronic photo shoot? Find out who is going to get fired or prosecuted for this debacle.

    May 6, 2009 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  8. rich

    What a brilliant decision. Oh well, even if stupid, it's still not W.

    May 6, 2009 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  9. Sniffit

    Ha! It's going to be so hilarious listening to GOPers complain about him classifying these photos, which are ostensibly harmless, and try to pull a "haha, gotcha!"

    Newsflash: They're not memos full of superficial, tongue-in-cheek, failed legal reasoning written as part of an overall plan to pretend to justify torture. They're not memos full of explicit directions on how to torture with a doctor present a la Nazi experimentation. And he's not shredding them in response to a Congressional subpoena.


    May 6, 2009 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  10. Robin

    It kind of makes you wonder what this administration is up to. Something is very wrong wtih this incident.

    May 6, 2009 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  11. Sniffit

    Water Boarding memos that keep America Safe are declassified but pictures that make the Barry Administration look like the rookies they are need to be classified.

    Welcome to Amateur Hour

    May 6, 2009 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  12. Kevin in Ohio

    So much for "transparency". What are they hiding??????

    May 6, 2009 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  13. Bry

    What no comments from the left? How will they spin this decision? It's now OK to show pictures of dead soldiers, but it's not OK to show the pictures from this photo-op???? The kool-aid has to start wearing off by now.

    May 6, 2009 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  14. Mich

    Wow , Something I agree with that Obama has done.

    May 6, 2009 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  15. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    I'm sure Rahm chewed someone's butt off for this.

    May 6, 2009 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  16. Obama administration's decision to classify photos

    wow, do they mean the photos that we have already seen on the news of the pres plane flying low over NYC

    what could be different about the ones we've seen and the 'classified' ones

    this sounds exceptionally dumb to me

    May 6, 2009 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  17. Kelby In Houston, TX

    Okay, let me get this straight. You fly Airforce 1 really low over New York, you don't tell anybody important that you are going to do this and scare the hell out of everybody for a phot opprotunity.
    And now those photos are classified?!?! At the very least, you must tell people why these photos are classified.
    It seems to me that if you went through all that trouble for a photo Op, the least you could do is show us the darn photos...

    Somebody should have gotten fired for this

    May 6, 2009 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  18. Biased

    Classified? The people of New York have already seen the plane overhead which scared them half to why are they private other than to try and dampen down the anger which the whole scenario brought on? So is their mentality that if no one gets to see them, they think this whole episode will fade into the night quickly and the anger will go away – out of sight out of mind? I think NOT!

    May 6, 2009 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  19. Terry

    1. This is an "issue" only for the press, who wants to sell advertising with it. They have created a "scandal' to report by telling us that the photos are classified. After the photos are released, they will show them endlessly for 48 hours while they interview one another about them.

    2. The people of New York should stop expecting the rest of the nation to tiptoe around their bruised feelings. 9/11 happened several years ago. Since then, more people have died from aspirin overdose than were killed in 9/11. I'm not trivializing it, just tryint to put it in perspective. It's time to move on.

    3. Many people have had MUCH more traumatic experiences than New Yorkers had. They are the veterans who went to Iraq and Afghanistan to defend us all, and what they went through makes 9/11 look like a cakewalk. We don't tiptoe around their feelings. Instead, we give them low pay and poor medical care.

    4. This is a tempest in a teapot. A few people who are prone to hysteria got hysterical. Those people are just that way. 99% of all New Yorkers went about their business like the normal people they are

    There. I feel better now.

    May 6, 2009 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  20. Cue the hate-filled responses


    Here's the transparency we were promised!

    May 6, 2009 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  21. Bill

    I sure HOPE they CHANGE their minds. Meet the new boss, same as the old boss. What is secret about a 747 with a fancy paint job flying over a monument we can freely access on Google Earth?

    Is it possible that a genius terrorist somewhere could compute the speed of the plane based on the altitude and amount of blur in the photo? Thus, they would know how capable their attack drone would have to be?

    Or, was the REAL president on the plane and they don't want anyone to know that the teleprompter is just the front man?

    May 6, 2009 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  22. Limbaugh Flu

    open the file NOW.

    May 6, 2009 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  23. lovable liberal

    Guys, you're my team, but you really need to own up to this without hiding behind classification. If a few of the photos expose anti-aircraft countermeasures, classify those, but embarrassment is not a good reason for state secrecy.

    May 6, 2009 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  24. Fair is Fair

    Why? For what reason are the photos being "classified"? I suppose if everything about the administration's poor decision to do this is swept under the rug, eventually the embarrassment just "goes away", right?

    May 6, 2009 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  25. SHIRLEY "60"

    Why do you people continue to make an issue of this idiotic episode? People are humans who make mistakes, and this one caused no deaths. Let it go. There are more things to be concerned about, (like the suicides of children being bullied or a 4 month old baby being thrown out of the window on the expressway), than the re-hashing of this last week's story.

    May 6, 2009 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
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