Private Pilot Nearly Shot Down For Violating "Secret No-Fly Zone"Submitted by emalvini on Tue, 01/15/2013 - 23:15
Private Pilot Nearly Shot Down For Violating "Secret No-Fly Zone"
Posted by William Grigg
January 15, 2013 | 1:46PM
Last July, the Small Wars Journal published an essay co-written by retired U.S. Army Colonel Kevin Benson entitled “Full Spectrum Operations in the Homeland: A `Vision’ of the Future.” That article presented a speculative case study of domestic military operations to put down a domestic insurrection that would seize control of the unremarkable town of Darlington, South Carolina.
In the scenario painted by Col. Benson and his co-author, Professor Jennifer Weber of the University of Kansas, a militia inspired by the Tea Party movement seized control of Darlington’s municipal government, erects checkpoints “on major transportation lines,” and imposes a form of martial law in which “citizens who complain are immediately detained.” The governor of South Carolina invokes the Insurrection Act, leading to a “full-spectrum” response by the U.S. military.
Shortly after that essay was published, 70-year-old private pilot Robin Fleming learned that Darlington County – or at least the airspace above it – is already subject to a form of martial law.