The Enterprise Report has exclusively obtained the identity of the pilot who caused a near-security meltdown over the Los Angeles area last week when a single engine Cessna 182 he was flying, allegedly laden with drugs, flew into a "no-fly zone" surrounding U.S. President Barack Obama, as the President flew on his 'Marine One' helicopter from John Wayne Airport in Orange County, CA to Los Angeles International Airport
The pilot, Brian J. Choppin, 43 of Buellton, California, was flying the small plane when he was intercepted by two F-16's sent from March Air Force Base in Riverside, CA. Choppin and the plane were escorted by the military jets until he landed at Long Beach Airport. Long Beach airport is on the south-north route between Orange County and Los Angeles. Choppin is a graduate of Woodrow Wilson High in Long Beach according to his Facebook page, but now lives and works in the Buellton California area. Choppin did not return a request for comment sent to him by The Enterprise Report.
Long Beach Police spokesman Nancy Pratt says charges are expected to be filed "in the next few days" against Choppin by Long Beach narcotics detectives. Choppin was released on bail last Friday, only a day after the incident took place. Pratt says any criminal case will be handled by Los Angeles District Attorney's office.
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Choppin has a long and extensive past as a skydiver and base-jumper according to an investigation by The Enterprise Report. According to the owner of the airplane, David "Clem" Major of Grover Beach, CA, Choppin "rented the plane" and the two "knew each other through that world" of skydiving. The Enterprise Report spoke with Major exclusively yesterday. Major said he was "unaware" of any drugs being flown and had "previously rented the plane to Choppin" on other occasions. He wouldn't elaborate on how many times he had done so in the past. Major says he was contacted by the D.E.A. shortly after the incident by phone, but hasn't heard from them since.
Major is an experienced aerial stuntman and has worked extensively in Hollywood for years. His resume even includes work on the Movie "Air Force One", starring Harrison Ford. The film tells the fictional account of a takeover of the U.S. president's 747 airplane by terrorists.
The U.S. Secret Service which protects the President interviewed Choppin upon arrival at Long Beach Airport on the day of the incident. They quickly determined Choppin had no ill intent towards the President on his flight south to Long Beach from central California when he breached the security zone around the President's aircraft.
The incident which was widely inaccurately reported by some media outlets who claimed the airplane had violated the secure 'no fly zone' around 'Air Force One' as the Presidential Boeing 747 was flying to San Francisco from Los Angeles. In fact, the incident occurred while the President was aboard a Marine helicopter dubbed 'Marine One' while in transit from John Wayne Airport in Orange County, CA. President Obama had made a stop to attend a political fundraiser in Newport Beach, CA earlier that morning.
By Eric Longabardi
Russian businessman and former Soviet-era military officer Viktor Bout was convicted today of attempting to sell surface-air-missiles, firearms and other militiary weapons to U.S. agents in an undercover sting operation. Bout was arrested in Thailand in 2008 and was extradited to the United States in 2010 to face the charges.
In a New York Federal Court today a jury returned a verdict finding the former Soviet military officer guilty on four counts related to the case.
Sentencing was scheduled for early Feburary 2012. Bout faces 25 years to life in prison.
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By Eric Longabardi
The Enterprise Report would like to point our readers to an exclusive inside account of how the U.S. tracked down and killed terrorist Imam Anwar al-Awlaki.
The story is from longtime investigative journalist and terrorism expert Steve Emerson of the Investigative Project on Terrorism (IPT), a Washington DC based non-profit organization that tracks and investigates islamic extremism.
Emerson and the IPT have a highly detailed inside account of exactly how the U.S. was able to identify and kill the U.S. born Islamic cleric in Yemen.
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By Eric Longabardi
According to top American administration officials, a U.S. air-strike has killed U.S. born Islamic cleric Anwar al-Awlaki in Yemen. Despite previous claims, proven wrong that Awlaki had been killed in 2009, this time officials say the former San Diego and Virginia based cleric has in fact been confirmed killed by U.S. forces.
Yemeni government sources say the attack was carried about by a U.S. drone. Another American citizen, Samir Kahn, a U.S. citizen from North Carolina, who assisted al-Awlaki in producing an english language online magazine called "Inspire" designed to incite Islamists to attack the United States was reportedly also killed in the attack.
Al-Awalki, has been directly linked to the 9-11 terror attacks, having been the Imam at a San Diego area mosque in 2001 when he met repeatedly with members of the 9-11 terrorist attack. Despite that he was never arrested and was allowed to leave the United States in 2002. Based in Yemen ever since. That is where U.S. counter-terrorism forces have been searching for him.
More recently al-Awlaki was linked to the Christmas Day 2009 failed plot to blow up a Detriot bound airliner and the Fort Hood Massacre which was carried out in November 2009 by a Muslim U.S. Army Major Nidal Malik Hassan.
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