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FAA Refuses To Disclose Nuisance ‘Mystery Aircraft’ To Residents, City Leaders

May 10, 2013 by  

The Mayor and city council of Quincy, Mass., have been trying to get some kind of statement out of officials with the Federal Aviation Administration regarding a two-week-long ordeal in which residents have seen — and heard — some kind of unidentified, low-flying aircraft buzzing over the city every night, from sundown to sunup.

Officials know the aircraft isn’t a part of any State or local police patrol, so it obviously must be something Federal — or at least sanctioned by the Feds. But the FAA’s not talking.

Even if the agency won’t reveal what the aircraft is for intelligence reasons, local officials are sympathetic — so long as the Feds will at least, for residents’ peace of mind, describe the general nature of the flights.

The FAA refuses.

“I specifically asked, ‘Is it a law enforcement flight? Can we tell people that?’” city council member Brian Palmucci told CBS Boston. “He said, ‘No, we can’t tell you that.’ Then I asked that when folks call me can I at least tell them that it is something that they shouldn’t worry about; it’s something they shouldn’t be concerned with? He said, ‘I can’t tell you that.’”

According to the witnesses, the aircraft flies only when the weather is clear. Observers also say the plane isn’t a drone, and that it is being flown by someone inside the craft.

“We’d like to be able to give our citizens some answers, but we don’t have any answers,” said Mayor Tom Koch.

Ben Bullard

Reconciling the concept of individual sovereignty with conscientious participation in the modern American political process is a continuing preoccupation for staff writer Ben Bullard. A former community newspaper writer, Bullard has closely observed the manner in which well-meaning small-town politicians and policy makers often accept, unthinkingly, their increasingly marginal role in shaping the quality of their own lives, as well as those of the people whom they serve. He argues that American public policy is plagued by inscrutable and corrupt motives on a national scale, a fundamental problem which individuals, families and communities must strive to solve. This, he argues, can be achieved only as Americans rediscover the principal role each citizen plays in enriching the welfare of our Republic.

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