May 6th, 2009
09:06 AM ET
5 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. southerncousin

    And yet they release the material on Guantonamo interrogations, is this a hypocritical bunch or what. Can you imagine the libs jumping all over Bush if this happened on his watch, but then he did not have the arrogance of the Chicago thugocracy.

    May 6, 2009 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  2. John in Ohio

    A real conspiracy theorist would be wondering what this kerfluffle is intended to distract attention from. You guys need some more practice at being out of power.

    May 6, 2009 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  3. Proud DHS radical

    Odd that Obama thinks nothing of releasing CIA secret photographs and memos but balks at letting us the taxpaying Americans see a photo of his niffty ride zipping alone the NYC skyline. The dems sure pick a real winner here.

    May 6, 2009 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  4. pam Eugene OR

    I voted for President Obama and I support him without reservation. BUT he made a bad call on this and he should release the photos. Not because the photos mean anything but because his promise of a transparent government does.
    Do the right thing Mr. President and we will watch your back.

    May 6, 2009 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  5. S Callahan

    I'm glad he is not releasing these photos...it serves no purpose...
    Your forgetting the people who wittnessed this recent incident are the ones who suffered from the 'real' incident....there is so much trauma for those affected...it's a compassionate move not to release them.
    On the plus side, for the military -the photos are valuable...and for the citizens to be hyper sensentive to a plane's presence is actually a benifit for the safety of the city. There is a much different take on this for those who live in New York.....

    May 6, 2009 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  6. vinny

    O'Fraud. Always be scared of good speakers who come into power. Morons become drones. Obama is such a fraud and disappointment. He is a liar about every issue! He is a power hungry Chicago style politician. Mr. President, this isn't a reality show, it's a presidency...GROW UP/

    May 6, 2009 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  7. Mike, Syaracuse, NY

    I thought the flight was stupid in the first place, but a typical beginners mistake. The cost issue is just silly. The current coverup, typical Democratic crap. It's always the coverup that worse the the original mistake. Someone will file a FOIA request and get these photos released anyway. They can't be stopped, as how can any sane person claim national security is at stake? Then again, we're talking Democrats. Democrat and sane are mutually exclusive terms.

    May 6, 2009 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  8. Fitz in Texas

    But, it's just fine to put the Gitmo detainees photos out there.

    Besides, this little fly over cost the taxpayers $328,000. As a taxpayer I want to see what I help pay for.

    May 6, 2009 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  9. CitizenJane

    Instead of sitting on the sidelines, how about all of you whiners get out and do something constructive. Join a think-group, volunteer at a local nursing home or school. E-mail your congressional representative with your complaints. In other words, become adults by acting like adults. Perhaps people would then take your opinions more seriously. Who knows one of you might even come up with a solution that actually works.

    May 6, 2009 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  10. Sam Sixpack

    If they will "classify" this, they will certainly classify relevant issues about which we will never know. Our transparent government is giving your tax dollars to their fat, rich friends and while lying to us about it.

    May 6, 2009 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  11. SESPO

    I'm a Dem and I voted for Obama. I thought the days of secrecy and coverup were behind us. Everyone already saw the video and photos so why classify it now? What happened to "transparancy"?

    By the way, the person who authorized this should have been fired!

    May 6, 2009 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  12. Kathy

    He can't release the photos, I don't believe there are any photos. Something wrong with this entire story. We'll never know, just another cover up by the BHO Adm.

    May 6, 2009 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  13. KansasConservative1

    He is classifying them because he is in them.

    May 6, 2009 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  14. Kanon

    We've already seen the planes... What more do you need to complain about?

    May 6, 2009 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  15. Robin

    Yet, he sells out his CIA and puts our secrets out there for all to see. The CIA that risks their lives every day to keep us safe.

    Releasing the CIA files is treason. I wonder if the next president will have the guts to call Obama to the carpet on this?

    May 6, 2009 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  16. Cobra Montana

    While suturing a cut on the hand of a 75 year old rancher, who's hand was caught in the gate while working cattle, the doctor struck up a conversation with the old man.. Eventually the topic got around to Obama.

    The old rancher said, 'Well, ya know, Obama is a 'Post Turtle".
    Not being familiar with the term, the doctor asked him what a 'post turtle' was.
    The old rancher said, 'When you're driving down a country road and you come across a fence post with a turtle balanced on top, that's a 'post turtle'.

    The old rancher saw the puzzled look on the doctor's face so he continued to explain. 'You know he didn't get up there by himself, he doesn't belong up there, and he doesn't know what to do while he's up there, and you just wonder what kind of dumb ass put him up there to begin with'.

    May 6, 2009 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  17. rodlang

    This will be the most open and transparent White House in history...nah, we were just kidding...or lieing.

    May 6, 2009 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  18. Brian G, Sugar Land, TX

    Why classified?
    Was the crew waterboarding someone at the time?
    Was Biden applying for entry into the "1/2 mile high" club?
    Hey, where was Rahm during all this? At the controls, I bet!

    May 6, 2009 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  19. Mississippi Mike

    Wow, what an incredibly stupid way to try to hush and indefensibly naive action.

    May 6, 2009 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  20. Rob

    Another in an ever growing list of screw-ups, foul-ups, and mess-ups this administration is doing. Not even 125 days into his one and only term and he's shaping to go down as quite possibly the worst president ever. But hey, gotta love that teleprompter!

    May 6, 2009 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  21. Jeff

    I think the problem here is the blatant abuse of power, not that the pictures were taken in the first place or tax payer money used. How can this possibly be justified as classifiable? If you extend the rational used to classify these pictures, you can then move to more or less running the government behind a classified stamp.

    May 6, 2009 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  22. Romney2012

    shows the competence level of the current administration....all should be impeached/fired, starting with the messiah...

    I mean if Rush Limbaugh can keep track of his plane, why can't the president?

    May 6, 2009 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  23. Rick

    This is what you get when an amateur community organizer gets elected as president.

    May 6, 2009 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  24. Bill

    A lot of dopes on here comparing the cost of the fly over to the Iraq war, or the content to the Gitmo photos.

    The issue here is misuse of classification and/or using classification to invoke something akin to 'executive privilege'.

    The greater matter is how farcical this is.

    To use classification on these photos tells me the whole White House staff need to read and/or review DoD direcitve 5200.

    May 6, 2009 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  25. Goverment is your Daddy

    Who was flying the plane???????REV. WRIGHT

    May 6, 2009 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
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