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Experts Explain LRAFB Lockdown
LITTLE ROCK AIR FORCE BASE, AR - 24 hours after the Little Rock Air Force Base was locked down, two local Air Force Veterans explain why they believe the lockdown was issued.
One Vet wanted to stay unnamed; he was on the base during the lockdown. He said, "No, no it's not normal."
He added that the lockdown could have been aided by the training exercises going on Wednesday.
"During those exercises it only heightens peoples awareness to their surroundings more than they normally would every day.When they see something that's not supposed to be there and they find out it's not part of the exercise, they have to treat it as a real world event."
Doctor Jeffrey T. Walker is a 13 year Air Force veteran. He also worked at the base in the Office of Special Investigators and is currently the chair of the Criminal Justice Department at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.
He said, "From a safety perspective for the public, it's probably fine."
"You're looking at what kind of exercises are happening, is there somebody who's trying to find out what your doing? Is there somebody whose trying to pattern for criminal purposes, terrorism purposes, intelligence purposes, all of those kinds of things."
"When you're talking about classification, classified things, you just can't tell people we've got things. That happens all the time on that base that a very small number of people, to not too many people, are authorized to know about it and that's just part of the military especially after 9/11."
The base did issue a statement today, click to see it.