Is There More to This Story: Radiation ‘Sniffer’ Helicopter Takes Flight Above Washington

DC… Starting Monday, a helicopter registered to the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE/NNSA), equipped with specialized sensors, will measure and map radiation levels across downtown Washington, D.C. and the surrounding metro area, read a government press release.  NNSA’s Nuclear Emergency Support Team (NEST) aircraft, a Bell 412 utility helicopter outfitted “with sensitive, state-of-the-art passive radiation sensing technology” will fly across the region at “150 feet (or higher) above the ground at a speed of approximately 80 mph” to conduct “aerial surveys” of radiation levels as part of security efforts ahead of the presidential inauguration on Jan. 20.  The low-flying flights across the District will continue through Nov. 6, at a rate of about two per day. The agency wants to survey and update its radiation maps in the event of a nuclear or radiological incident.  #N412DE is a B412…

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War of words after near-massacre of congressmen…

The attempted massacre of Republican congressmen Wednesday morning set social media on fire, resurrecting debate over gun laws and political rhetoric – and that was before the suspected gunman was even identified. “Armed men stopped the political murder of Republicans today,” attorney and writer Kurt Schlichter tweeted after multiple shots rang out during an early-morning congressional baseball practice in Alexandria, VA. Authorities have said suspected shooter James Hodgkinson shot and wounded Rep. Steve Scalise and an aide, and two Capitol Hill police officers were also wounded when they exchanged gunfire with the gunman, fatally wounding him. During a brief press conference, President Donald Trump announced the gunman had died of his wounds. Scalise, who is House Majority Whip, is guarded by Capitol Hill police and Sen. Rand Paul told Fox News the baseball field would have been a “massacre” if…

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