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Man taken into custody after landing single-person aircraft on Capitol grounds

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posted on Apr, 16 2015 @ 06:27 AM
Apparently, an attempt was made to inform authorities of the stunt prior to the flight itself. This may answer the question as to why he was not shot down on sight.

"As I have informed the authorities, I have no violent inclinations or intent," Hughes wrote on his website, "An ultralight aircraft poses no major physical threat — it may present a political threat to graft. I hope so. There's no need to worry — I'm just delivering the mail."

Postal worker Doug Hughes told the Tampa Bay Times of his plans to land on the Capitol lawn. (Tampa Bay Times)

His plans were also reported on yesterday in the Tampa Bay Times. In a four-minute video segment, Hughes, 61, stressed his non-violent intentions, while conceding that his plan was "crazy.”

posted on Apr, 16 2015 @ 07:04 AM
Here's some tourist footage,

posted on Apr, 16 2015 @ 07:24 AM

originally posted by: WeRpeons
a reply to: masqua

Better a Florida mailman doing this as a demonstration against the Citizens United judgement rather than a terrorist intent on murder and mayhem.

At least it's one more wake-up call to the security services that they're severely handicapped to small A/C and drones.

I agree with that, but what I'm concerned is the media helping terrorists find holes in U.S. security. There are just some things that shouldn't be publicized which may help our enemies.

I beg to differ. Security through obscurity never, I repeat never, works. It only benefits the attacker, never the defender. The hole will be found, eventually...but, by whom? What the secret service should be doing with our tax $$$ is performing penetration tests themselves to find and mitigate these security holes. There are plenty of 3rd party companies that do just that...and it would be cheaper and more reliable to hire them to attempt these type of penetrations that to await someone with bad intent doing it first.

Hiding the house key under the front door mat is not a good security plan.

posted on Apr, 16 2015 @ 08:05 AM
It's just a shame that for all his effort, all that is being discussed is security, safety, blah blah blah.

Not the message he intended, his reason for doing it in the first place.

posted on Apr, 16 2015 @ 08:11 AM

originally posted by: chiefsmom
It's just a shame that for all his effort, all that is being discussed is security, safety, blah blah blah.

Not the message he intended, his reason for doing it in the first place.

Well that seems to be the USA for ya!

Too caught up cowering in fear of the terrorist boogyman to listen to anything else.

Just how the government wants it. Too caught up chasing shadows than to focus on the corruption

edit on 16-4-2015 by crazyewok because: (no reason given)

posted on Apr, 16 2015 @ 08:40 AM
This poor bastard will go to jail for being a patriot. He is 100% correct when he points out that our government has been bought. Where else does a politician spend millions of dollars to earn $174,000 annually for two or six years. Their lobbyist friends will pad their pocket with dollars you and I can only dream of. At no time will the politician ever consider what is best for the average citizen. The only time we are considered is when taxes need to be collected for the benefit of their lobbyist friends.

The gyrocopter is very limited in what they can do. It barely carries the pilot and gas so it really isn't a security problem unless it runs over you. It can't hover like a helicopter and very few carry more than one person. Very few can exceed 100 MPH so they can't go far. It is basically a flying motorcycle with few of it's pilots being fully licensed pilots.

The "restricted airspace" around the capital is published on aviation maps will only keep out honest people. There's nothing there to stop you from entering this area. The only consideration is the results of entering after you go through it when you land. The probability of being "shot down" is very remote. You may be escorted out of the area if you get to close to the White House or Capital Building but not shot down'
edit on 16-4-2015 by buddah6 because: lobotomized through superior pain meds.

posted on Apr, 16 2015 @ 09:08 AM
a reply to: crazyewok
We have a man, brave enough to do something, finally and peacefully.

And all we hear about is how important it is to stop this from every happening again.

At this point, we get what we deserve.

posted on Apr, 16 2015 @ 12:21 PM
Can't believe people are sanctioning this. This man was/is crazy. This is not how you complain. I don't care if nobody ever listens. This is not the kind of thing that helps people who have complaints about government. It makes us all look like a bunch of dangerous psychos.

posted on Apr, 16 2015 @ 12:32 PM
That guy is likely going to jail. If he thinks there going to pat him on the back and say: “That’s fine buddy you did no harm everything’s alright we won’t prosecute. Just go on home and don’t do it again” he’s drunk.

They have to make an example of the guy

posted on Apr, 16 2015 @ 01:28 PM
Seems that the Secret Service along with all the other alphabet agencies agree with Thomas Jefferson when he wrote in the Declaration "that whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive is the right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government"

posted on Apr, 16 2015 @ 06:18 PM
Just a guy exercising his First Amendment rights in regard to petitioning of grievances. But I guess nobody in government right now really cares all much about the document the First Amendment is part of and what any citizen should reasonably be able to do.

I'm surprised it's not getting more mention on sites like this or elsewhere on the internet. All the talking heads are concerned about is the stupid security BS, and not what the message being delivered was. Regardless of spin however, I suspect those that know to pay attention are doing so.

posted on Apr, 16 2015 @ 06:25 PM
a reply to: chiefsmom

Most here agree with the mans cause in spades.

I just hope he gets a good lawyer.

He needs the best lawyer he can get

Jerry Spence

They should do a collection for this guy like they do for others

posted on Apr, 16 2015 @ 06:30 PM

originally posted by: Aleister
Luckiest man alive. He flew a one man contraption through Washington, then onto the Capitol lawn, and wasn't shot out of the sky. But ya wanna bet that if he'd gone "x" number of yards more (ten? twenty? twenty-five?) he would have been hit by gunfire from multiple angles. That he landed where he landed saved his life.

Not likely. Remember this?

The man who jumped the White House fence earlier this month and breached the mansion's doors actually made it farther than originally thought, officials said Monday

So far they've breached the White House grounds by land and by air. Secret Service may want to beef up security in the White House sewers, because the aquatic route is next on the list...

posted on Apr, 16 2015 @ 06:35 PM
It's a wonder that drones aren't dropped onto the White House lawn every other day. I've seen YouTube videos of some of those RC controlled mini-jets. There's nothing surrounding the White House that could stop one of those things coming in hot.

edit on 16-4-2015 by Blue Shift because: (no reason given)

posted on Apr, 16 2015 @ 07:29 PM

originally posted by: chiefsmom
It's just a shame that for all his effort, all that is being discussed is security, safety, blah blah blah.

Not the message he intended, his reason for doing it in the first place.

They avoid talking about financial influences in DC like the plague.Not surprised and I expected as such hence I mentioned it on the OP.

Look at the scripted debates. Its the same things rehashed:
Sexuality,Racism,Terrorism, and just about every symptom , but not the root cause of it all: Lobbying influences and financial dependencies of congress for corporate handouts .

Its the Democrat and Republican cheerleaders that lets them get away with it. If Democrats an Republicans really cared about this country they would call a temporary truth and demand that both party only discuss financial dependencies in congress.
Until that happens neither party or consumer is going to be on the winning end.
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posted on Apr, 16 2015 @ 08:50 PM
The stark reality is that until we get millions of people on these Washington lawns in a massive protest nothing will be done…

Just one skinny old mail man coming from the sky and then getting handcuffed and carried off to jail aint gonna do a thing to move the congress to do anything.

In fact after the GOP takes the presidency and then are able to stack the Supreme Court with more conservatives like Scalia and Thomas it will get worse.

You people just don’t want to deal with the reality that within the system it’s the conservative Supreme Court of George Bush that has done the damage to the electoral system lately


And I bet most of the complainers are going out to elect more GOP conservatives so it will be worse

edit on 16-4-2015 by Willtell because: (no reason given)

edit on 16-4-2015 by Willtell because: (no reason given)

posted on Apr, 16 2015 @ 08:57 PM

On January 21, 2010, with its ruling in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, the Supreme Court ruled that corporations are persons, entitled by the U.S. Constitution to buy elections and run our government. Human beings are people; corporations are legal fictions. We, the People of the United States of America, reject the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling in Citizens United and other related cases, and move to amend our Constitution to firmly establish that money is not speech, and that human beings, not corporations, are persons entitled to constitutional rights. The Supreme Court is misguided in principle, and wrong on the law. In a democracy, the people rule. We Move to Amend. ". . . corporations have no consciences, no beliefs, no feelings, no thoughts, no desires. Corporations help structure and facilitate the activities of human beings, to be sure, and their 'personhood' often serves as a useful legal fiction. But they are not themselves members of “We the People” by whom and for whom our Constitution was established." ~Supreme Court Justice Stevens, January 2010

posted on Apr, 16 2015 @ 09:18 PM
a reply to: Willtell

You can't seriously believe that one party is to blame when they both work for the same people.

Who creates the legislation in this country the politicians or the lobbyists dream team of lawyers?

Before you answer that , remember what the speaker of the house said "We Have to Pass the Bill to Find Out What’s In It" .

She wasn't lying, she and the rest of congress are just ROBOSigners for the lobbyist because they need the support of the lobbyist to be selected and to stay selected. That is why the lobbyist have dream team of lawyers and that is why no matter what legislation gets through its typically corporate friendly and not middle-class or even lower class friendly.

posted on Apr, 17 2015 @ 02:37 AM
a reply to: buddah6

You won't be shot down? Watch the "Americ's Book of Secrets" episode about the Pentagon and tell me this again.

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