In a rare sight (rare as in, it never really happens unless something bad is going down), low-flying military aircraft were spotted circling Manhattan Tuesday afternoon without advance notice, and NYPD claimed they didn’t know why.

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(Ulanoff is the Chief Correspondent and Editor-at-Large of Mashable.)

Apparently these craft did a lot of laps:

And no advance notice:

When Deputy News Director at BuzzFeed Tom Namako asked the NYPD about it, they said they didn’t know why military aircraft were circling Manhattan.

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After enough startled people raised enough questions, the FAA put out a one-line “non-statement” saying the flights were authorized:

What do you really think was going on? Seems like a strange time for a drill… and no one has admitted it was a drill (which NYPD would surely be notified of), just that the flights were “authorized”.

Apparently everyone including the NYPD is on a “need-to-know” basis with this, and it has been determined that most of us do not need to know.

(H/T: Mediaite)

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