With only a few hours notice, command staff at Mountain Home Air Force Base aborted a public scoping meeting to be held Today (3/12/18) at the Boise Public Library from 3-6 p.m.
The GUARDIAN sought an explanation from Sheri Robertson, environmental chief at the base and she said, “There is no further explanation. It was a command decision.” Meetings in Meridian, Eagle, and several other towns were also canceled until further notice.
She said meetings in Twin Falls and Glenns Ferry were attended only by the respective mayors of those cities and a meeting at Grandview drew only a single citizen. Opponents of the F-35 bed down led by the Citizens For a Livable Boise group were eager to attend the meeting, judging from their social media bombing run.
The “scoping meetings” set for a total of nine Idaho cities, including Boise, were reportedly to “clear up misconceptions” about the use of lasers and war games to simulate “close air support (CAS)” over urban areas.
Here is an official USAF letter sent to an interested citizen prior to the aborted mission:
The GUARDIAN first reported on the plans last week. Legacy media had previously ignored all attempts to inform citizens of the Air Force plans, but KBOI-2 quoted an Air Force spokesman Monday who said, they to provide a full panel of representatives to answer all questions. “We needed to reschedule these meetings to ensure we had all parties available,” the Air Force said.
We certainly hope the USAF is better at bombing true enemies than it is at community relations. THEY scheduled the meeting and then cancelled to ensure they had all parties available?
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