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Sat Jun 8, 2019, 06:14 PM

Air Force disputes lawsuit to stop urban training in Idaho

A lawsuit seeking to stop soldiers and military jets from coordinating exercises in nine urban centers in Idaho should be dismissed because such proposed training is needed due to the nature of modern war, the U.S. Air Force said Friday.

Along with Boise, cities included in the training are Meridian, Nampa, Burley, Caldwell, Eagle, Garden City, Jerome, Kuna, Mountain Home and Twin Falls.

Under the plan, aircrews would communicate with service members on the ground dressed as civilians to blend in as they identify targets with low-power lasers. The military said air support for ground forces is increasingly required in urban combat areas.

The Air Force said it did not abuse its discretion while giving approval for as many as 160 training events a year in the state.

The lawsuit filed in April by seven Boise residents and an environmental group known as Great Old Broads for Wilderness contends the Air Force did not do enough to inform the public about the exercises. In addition, the training endangers the health, safety and quality of life of residents and wildlife, the lawsuit states. It also contends the military is violating environmental laws because it failed to prepare a full environmental impact statement a process that can take years.

https://www.apnews.com/69d5f5b5e86b4c50a0f5228fff06e16f

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Sneederbunk Jun 8 #1
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Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Sat Jun 8, 2019, 07:18 PM

1. Biggest surprise? Idaho has nine urban centers.

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Response to Sneederbunk (Reply #1)

Sat Jun 8, 2019, 11:35 PM

6. I've been to Burley. I wouldn't call it urban

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Sat Jun 8, 2019, 07:42 PM

2. Hard to see the issue here

A plane flying around a city for a couple of hours is not going to cause any harm.

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Response to hack89 (Reply #2)

Sat Jun 8, 2019, 08:36 PM

3. "A plane flying around a city for a couple of hours is not going to cause any harm"

160 training events a year ?

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Reply #3)

Sat Jun 8, 2019, 11:01 PM

4. So what is the harm?

3 or 4 hours per month per city. What is the harm?

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Response to hack89 (Reply #2)

Sat Jun 8, 2019, 11:21 PM

5. When I was young, B-52s making low level attack training runs was common...

where I lived.

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Sun Jun 9, 2019, 09:07 AM

7. No wingers crying JADE HELM! JADE HELM?!

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