From CBS 2:
Federal officials knew that sending two fighter jets and Air Force One to buzz ground zero and Lady Liberty might set off nightmarish fears of a 9/11 replay, but they still ordered the photo-op kept secret from the public.
In a memo obtained by CBS 2 HD the Federal Aviation Administration's James Johnston said the agency was aware of "the possibility of public concern regarding DOD (Department of Defense) aircraft flying at low altitudes" in an around New York City. But they demanded total secrecy from the NYPD, the Secret Service, the FBI and even the mayor's office and threatened federal sanctions if the secret got out.
Hey, if the Mayor is going to contend that a report about contamination at a potential school site was "released" to the public because it was mailed to the CB5 district manager and available at SCA headquarters and therefore the community should have known about it, then I am going to hold him accountable for knowing about this faux pas and not doing anything about it. Top secret instructions are handed down by the feds and your lackeys get it but don't tell you? Stop playing stupid. We're not buying it.