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    While these guys are landing their birds, they aren't in an emergency or remote acccess situation, though. I'd venture to say the only reason they are using helicopters is to avoid driving through the goop on the ground.

    One of the side effects of the no fly zone, though, is that there is no media circus overhead. I suspect one of the lessons learned from the BP disaster was to not let independant observers or local news organizations into the area with video cameras.

    "The problems of incompetent, corrupt, corporatist government are incompetence, corruption and corporatism, not government." Jerome a Paris

    by Orinoco on Thu Apr 04, 2013 at 12:03:56 AM PDT

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    •  "No fly zone" ? (7+ / 0-)

      That's pretty loaded.  Guess you want to stick to the cover up theory eh?

      Technical stuff: If you had a guppy, and it had blue eyes, and you took it outside in it's little fish bowl, and you could convince it to look up, a person with a good camera could tell you what color eyes your guppy had from 1000 feet up.

      But why do that?  Arial photos may show the big picture, but there is going to be no diff on that from 1000 feet vs. 500 feet.  And as far as compelling images go, the press seems to have free access to a view from a few feet away.

      For example here:

      and here:

      There WERE instances in the BP oil spill where it seemed that the state of LA almost certainly assisted in a cover up of damaging images.  But it's really hard to argue that this very routine Federal agency issued NOTAMS is anything of the sort, and anything other than what it appears to be.  Especially since it does not stop people taking pictures, which  don't seem to be in short supply.

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