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The Army blimps need to go

The Sun's recent article, "Congress up in air on future of blimps" (Dec. 1) summarized the current status of the JLENS program to include past performance issues and political involvement with the program.

Unfortunately, we have had local politicians supporting this pork barrel circus fiasco, the ringmasters being Sen. Barbara Mikulski and Rep. C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger.

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A Maryland Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) and Army report that included a comforting fact that in the event of a breakaway, a recovery team will be activated.

The hazards highlighted by MEMA and the Army with a breakaway blimp included on-board thermal powered batteries that can electrocute upon contact, suffocation and crushing if covered by the downed blimp, and asphyxiation from helium.

MEMA and the Army failed to include collateral damage from a dangling tether or the hazards associated with an in-air collision.

Congressman Ruppersberger continues to throw his support behind this program using terrorism as a pawn.

By a stroke of luck, the recent runaway blimp didn't lead to catastrophic consequences.

The blimps are deployed within a few miles of a state airport. One has broken free.

Congressman Ruppersberger needs to openly put all his efforts behind getting rid of this program from our back yard. He is currently supporting the Army investigating the Army. The blimps need to disappear. If not, then so should Congressman Ruppersberger.

William F. Alcarese, Baltimore

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