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Obama's AF1 Gaffe: Excellent Questions from CSM
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[B]Christian Science Monitor's article here:[/B]

Red emphases mine...

White House won’t release Air Force One photos
By Jimmy Orr | 05.05.09

It’s almost easier to believe that Godzilla swooped down on New York City last week than Air Force One.
But here it is, more than a week after the $328,000 photo op, and still it’s hard to understand how someone could think it was a good idea.
Tappity tap
White House press secretary Robert Gibbs was wearing his tap dance shoes today when asked about a report in the New York Post that the White House wasn’t going to release photos from the much-maligned mission.
Why release ‘em? After all, Gibbs said, the networks had plenty of footage from the event.
“I’ve watched CNN and didn’t notice a lack of archival material from that flight,” he said.
“I don’t know where they are,” he slowly added.
When asked if he would “try to get an answer” as to why the the White House wouldn’t release the photos, he acquiesced.
“Sure,” he nodded.

Oh...sure. And another thing..."We The People" paid 328000 dollars for this photo shoot, and some idiot in the White House can just decide we don't get nuthin'?? Guess it was a stimulus for the Air Force. [that's Bruce talkin', not the article...]

Reasonable
Who could blame the White House for wanting to keep the photos under wraps?
The White House was hammered last week by the press and upset citizens for the ill-advised mission. Equally as stunning was the news that federal officials had demanded — under the penalty of sanctions — that state and local governments in New York provide no advance warning to the public.
The only reason the incident left the front page was because of Joe Biden’s disastrous flu advice. Maybe it was a brilliant PR move. And people thought it was just another Biden gaffe…

Holy crap...the CSM thinking conspiracy??? [Me again...]

Other photos
Regardless, it may seem odd to some that photos of a non-attack be covered up but photos that some believe could very well endanger the country be released for all to see.
These are photos the Pentagon is releasing that reportedly document the abuse of military detainees in US-military run prisons in Iraq and elsewhere. The White House refused to appeal a court ruling ordering the administration to release the photos.
But this causes great concern to many on Capitol Hill including the top Republican on the Senate Intelligence committee.
“I don’t think there’s any question it would endanger all of us, because I think it will enhance recruitment for all kinds of terrorists willing to come after us,” Sen. Kit Bond said on Fox News.

But hasn't the political right, for years, claimed that the terrorists hate us for our freedoms? I thought our foreign policy didn't have anything to do with terrorist attacks...911 was about our "freedoms", right? Terrorists are not the result of how we treat Muslims in their own lands...[sorry...couldn't help it.]
"If you're looking for something that isn't there, you're wasting your time and the taxpayers' money."

-Michael Neuman, U.S. Government bureaucrat, on why NIST didn't address explosives in its report on the WTC collapses
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