From the CQ Midday Update: "Is that a fleet of black Department of Homeland Security helicopters sitting on the tarmac at Washington Reagan National?
"'Yes,' DHS spokesman Gary Bracken told CQ’s Homeland Security Daily. Those are indeed black Blackhawk helicopters operated by U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
"Uh ... isn't that an unfortunate color, given the sensitivities of the 'black helicopter crowd,' those bunkerbound square-staters bracing for a world government takeover? Relax, folks. The choppers are used in 'a wide variety of missions,' including border intercepts and the transport of criminals, said the spokesman.
"DHS never uses the black helicopters for the kind of domestic spy work that captivates conspiracy theorists. It uses smaller blue-and-white helicopters for surveillance, Bracken said."