Military “spy planes” used to catch Times Square Bomber?

May 10, 2010
By Tracy R Twyman

Wired’s Danger Room reports that, possibly, secret military spy planes used to find wannabe Times Square bomber Faisal Shahzad.” But the government says otherwise:

Benjamin C. Rhodes, the deputy national security adviser for strategic communications, tells The Atlantic’s Marc Ambinder that “the actions described simply did not take place.”

The Posse Comitatus Act forbids the U.S. military from operating on American soil. But the law has all sorts of caveats. The military can help law enforcement stop drug-runners. The armed services can be called in if there’s a potential nuclear, chemical, or biological “weapon of mass destruction.” And none of the restrictions apply to the Coast Guard or the National Guard.

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