NBC New York – Jumbo Jet, F-16 Buzz Lady Liberty, Put New York on Edge<br/> “I take responsibility for that decision,” said Louis Caldera, Dir. White House Military Office

It wasn’t an attack, or even a drill — it was a government-sponsored photo op.

The Pentagon did tell local authorities about the startling fly-over that sent a Boeing 747 and a F-16 fighter screaming over New York’s scarred skyline, but officials said they couldn’t share the information with the public. They couldn’t even share the information with the mayor.

Mayor Bloomberg said he was “furious” and criticized both the feds and his own administration for failing to issue a simple warning to the public in a city that is still somewhat traumatized by the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

“The good news is it was nothing more than an inconsiderate, badly conceived and insensitive photo op with the taxpayers’ money,” Bloomberg said. …

This official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said the White House Military Office told the Federal Aviation Administration that it periodically updates file photos of Air Force One near national landmarks, like the statue in New York harbor and the Grand Canyon.

“It’s completely asinine after 9/11 to do that,” said Keith Mercantine, who witnessed the chaos in Jersey City. “I saw ambulances out here with pregnant women.”

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Hilariously, the NBC NY story has the time stamp, “Updated 9:11 PM EDT”