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Thu Sep 22, 2022, 07:29 PM

Company hired to arrange DeSantis' migrant flights is tied to high-level official



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NEW: When @GovRon DeSantis needed a company he could trust to fly migrants to Martha’s Vineyard, he turned to Vertol Systems Co., an aviation firm with a private jet, and close ties to his immigration czar, Larry Keefe. w/ @lmower3 @romyellenbogen
Migrants who were sent to Edgartown, Massachusetts, on Martha’s Vineyard on Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2022.
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Company hired to arrange DeSantis’ migrant flights is tied to high-level state official
When Gov. Ron DeSantis’ administration needed a company it could trust to carry out a controversial program to transport migrants to other states, it chose an unusual option.
3:29 PM · Sep 22, 2022


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When Gov. Ron DeSantis’ administration needed a company it could trust to carry out a controversial program to transport migrants to other states, it chose an unusual option.

Although Destin-based Vertol Systems Company is in aviation, its primary business is training pilots for the military and providing helicopters across the globe.

But the company was familiar to a key member of the DeSantis administration: Larry Keefe, the state’s “public safety czar” responsible for carrying out the governor’s anti-immigration programs.
The company also has a private jet that flew from Florida to San Antonio a week before charter flights took 48 migrants to Martha’s Vineyard.

Before DeSantis hired Keefe, and before he was named U.S. Attorney for Florida’s Northern District by then-President Donald Trump, Keefe represented Vertol Systems in a dozen lawsuits between 2010 and 2017.

Keefe led the company’s litigation strategy, suing former employees accused of misusing funds, contractors suspected of stealing company secrets and a local lawn care company that ran over a wire connected to one of the company’s helicopters.

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Response to Nevilledog (Original post)

Thu Sep 22, 2022, 07:31 PM

1. Kicking for visibility

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Response to Nevilledog (Original post)

Thu Sep 22, 2022, 07:31 PM

2. Ground those f'n bastards, and sue them/indict them, into oblivion.

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Response to niyad (Reply #2)

Thu Sep 22, 2022, 07:34 PM

4. And cancel all govt contracts!

Is this the flight school that trained 911 pilots?

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Response to SheltieLover (Reply #4)

Thu Sep 22, 2022, 07:41 PM

5. I don't know. . .But one is free, of course, to speculate. . ."just asking questions".

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Response to niyad (Reply #5)

Thu Sep 22, 2022, 07:43 PM

7. Idk either, but seems another investigation would be appropriate.

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Response to niyad (Reply #2)

Thu Sep 22, 2022, 08:36 PM

15. Wonder how many professional and college sports teams use this charter

This airline charter should be a pariah to these teams.

It's pretty fucking simple

Nothing will change. The racism, fascism, misogyny, hatred and white supremacy...NONE OF IT...will change, unless and until we make racism, fascism, misogyny, hatred and white supremacy unprofitable to the businesses, corporations and individuals that fund and enable it.

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Response to maxrandb (Reply #15)

Thu Sep 22, 2022, 08:57 PM

16. Exactly.

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Response to Nevilledog (Original post)

Thu Sep 22, 2022, 07:33 PM

3. Didn't tfg have a helicopter pilot from FL who was allegedly mob-related or running drugs or

Something?

Can't recall. It's been a couple of years, at least, since I read about it.



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Response to SheltieLover (Reply #3)

Thu Sep 22, 2022, 07:43 PM

6. I googled "trump helicopter drugs mob", and. . ohhhh myyyy.

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Response to niyad (Reply #6)

Thu Sep 22, 2022, 07:44 PM

8. Lots?

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Response to SheltieLover (Reply #8)

Thu Sep 22, 2022, 08:02 PM

10. oh yeah!

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Response to niyad (Reply #10)

Thu Sep 22, 2022, 08:05 PM

11. I almost didn't post that 'cuz memory was fuzzy.

Figures, right?

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Response to SheltieLover (Reply #11)

Thu Sep 22, 2022, 08:09 PM

13. Sooooooo glad that you did. There is so much new crazy going on on an

almost daily basis, some of the old crazy ends up a dim memory.

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Response to niyad (Reply #13)

Thu Sep 22, 2022, 08:13 PM

14. Isn't that the truth!





Ps - I never could find post w/typo.

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Response to Nevilledog (Original post)

Thu Sep 22, 2022, 08:01 PM

9. Video



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Shocking to learn that the company hired by Desantis receiving over a million in taxpayer money to fly migrants from TX has close ties to Republican PACs and political allies of Desantis and Matt Gaetz.


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Response to Nevilledog (Original post)

Thu Sep 22, 2022, 08:06 PM

12. Nice grift

These fuckers are criminals

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Response to Nevilledog (Original post)

Thu Sep 22, 2022, 09:21 PM

17. Wonder if there was a bidding process for spending taxpayer money?

Wonder if there was a bidding process for spending taxpayer money?

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Response to keithbvadu2 (Reply #17)

Thu Sep 22, 2022, 09:23 PM

18. Law that's funding this called for 2 bids. Have seen no proof that was done.

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Response to Nevilledog (Original post)

Thu Sep 22, 2022, 09:52 PM

19. And the company owns aircraft purchased from Russia.

At least 4 Mi-17 helicopters. Not sure about the fixed wing, but I heard a caller on a radio show say the Cape Cod plane was also Russian.



Make it of what you will.
I wouldn't fly in one of them.




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