After a year of pretending interest in the public’s concerns, the Air Force decided this month that flying low level tactical navigation exercises (LATN) in the night skies of Northern New Mexico and Colorado is just hunky-dory. See our previous post: The Smell of Napalm in the Morning
There were some modifications to the plan. Those that whined the most, specifically the cities of Taos and Santa Fe, along with southeastern Colorado (major defense industry center) were exempted. And rather than fly 200 ft above the ground, the fully fueled C-130s and CV-22 Ospreys will remain at 300 ft. At three-hundred MPH, that hundred foot difference is covered in less time that it takes to say, “whoops”.
Obviously, Las Vegas didn’t whine enough or perhaps when San Miguel’s armchair-patriot commissioners voted to support the proposal, the Air Force took that as a seal of approval. Either way, now we’ll learn how the people of Afghanistan sleep.
But what amazes us is that the Air Force was not required to have an environmental study performed by the EPA to see how flying in the dark at tree top would effect the residents. Instead, the Air Force determined that an environmental assessment made by them would suffice. Reminds us of allowing the foxes to build the chicken coop – those chickens don’t need no fence. They’ll be just fine.
Which brings us to our favorite movie, ‘The Treasures of the Sierra Madre’, where Mexico’s most notable actor and all around tough guy, Alfonso Bedoya, tells Bogart, “Badges? We ain’t got no badges. We don’t need no badges! I don’t have to show you any stinkin’ badges!”
Now a days, when it comes to how the military/industrial complex treats citizens, they don’t need no stinkin’ badges either.
Soon to come: the real reason behind this exercise in insanity.