Silent takeover? White House invites foreign fighter pilots to patrol US skies By Rick Wiles American Freedom News Copyright April 3, 2002 Could the citizens of the United States of America be witnessing a silent military takeover of their nation by foreign powers? The Bush White House plans to invite Norwegian fighter pilots to guard USA airspace. The F-16 pilots will be given presidential authority to shoot down any aircraft they deem as a threat to US skies. The foreign pilots will be granted the same authority as American pilots to intercept and shoot down hijacked airliners. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld met this week with Norwegian Defense Minister Kristen Devold announced they are in basic agreement on the unprecedented military operation to have foreign pilots fly potential combat missions in USA airspace. â€œWe have offered F-16s to the US, and the signal is that they might be needed,â€ stated Devold. Devold said Denmark and the Netherlands would join Norway with the deployment of F-16 fighter jets and pilots over the USA later this year if requested by the Bush White House. This is the second time the Bush White House has invited foreign soldiers to patrol USA skies. After September 11, President Bush became the first president in the history of the USA to invite foreign troops to guard the homeland. NATO allies from Norway, Germany, and Italy have provided crews to fly AWAC surveillance planes for USA air defense. AWAC surveillance planes are used by the Pentagon to provide both warning of incoming aircraft into US airspace and to direct aerial bombing attacks on enemy troops and facilities. Secretary Rumsfeld said the foreign pilots are needed because US military forces are strained by the global war on terrorism and UN peacekeeping missions. Permitting foreign pilots to fly over the USA â€œis a very important thing, given the scarcity of a number of assets,â€ said Mr. Rumsfeld. With Russia planning to join NATO later this year, two questions must be asked. Will Russian fighter pilots be flying over USA airspace by next year? Is this another step in a gradual plan to merge the militaries of numerous nations into a global army under the command of the United Nations?