Flyover 'Red Flags' Get News Orgs Poking Around
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 29, 2009 1:57 PM CDT
Dark clouds hang over Air Force One, carrying President Barack Obama, as it arrives at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., after a trip to Iowa last week.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – At least one news organization may file a Freedom of Information Act request, demanding the manifest for Monday’s Air Force One flight over New York, according to the American Spectator’s anonymous “Prowler”—who relays suspicions that civilians or a high-level administration official was on board. “This is a bigger deal than the White House is letting on, and there are some nervous people there,” an anonymous insider says.

The basis for this suspicion: The man who authorized the flight, White House Military Office director Louis Caldera, has a reputation for courting big campaign donors. Because the flight was a training mission, only Air Force personnel were supposed to be on the plane. “From the get-go, this was a top secret operation,” the source adds, “which raises a whole bunch of red flags.”