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Predator drones to patrol entire US-Mexico border
AFP on Yahoo ^ | 8/30/10 | AFP

Posted on 08/30/2010 7:17:52 PM PDT by NormsRevenge

WASHINGTON (AFP) – The United States beginning Wednesday will add a third Predator drone to patrol its border with Mexico, allowing authorities for the first time to monitor the entire stretch of land separating the two neighbors using the unmanned aircraft.

The latest drone joins two others in covering the 2,000-mile (3,200 kilometer) frontier which runs across the states of California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas, the US Department of Homeland Security said.

With immigration a hot-button issue ahead of looming midterm elections in November, US President Barack Obama earlier this month signed a 600 million dollar bill aimed at reinforcing border security.

His administration is seeking to step up security as it presses for a comprehensive immigration reform measure that likely would allow many of the millions of illegal migrants in the United States to legalize their status.

Many Republican lawmakers say no immigration measure can be considered unless the federal government can ensure security along the southern US border to prevent a spillover from Mexico's crime-ridden north and to prevent the arrival of more undocumented migrants.

(Excerpt) Read more at news.yahoo.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Foreign Affairs; Government; Mexico
KEYWORDS: aliens; domesticdrones; drones; dronesbp; dronesus; mexico; predator

1 posted on 08/30/2010 7:17:56 PM PDT by NormsRevenge
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Bimbs Away!!

A US Predator unmanned drone armed with a missile is seen on the tarmac. The United States beginning Wednesday will add a third Predator drone to patrol its border with Mexico, allowing authorities for the first time to monitor the entire stretch of land separating the two neighbors using the unmanned aircraft. (AFP/File/Massoud Hossaini)


2 posted on 08/30/2010 7:19:14 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard .. Obama: Epic Fail or Bust!!!)
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To: NormsRevenge
“actionable intelligence” still has to acted on. CBP arrests are down significantly in recent months.
3 posted on 08/30/2010 7:19:30 PM PDT by mad_as_he$$ (Playing by the rules only works if both sides do it!)
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To: NormsRevenge

I wish they were armed.


4 posted on 08/30/2010 7:19:30 PM PDT by WyvernAK
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To: NormsRevenge

So what are the drones going to do? Probably just count the thousands of invaders. Probably not going to fire Hellfire missiles.


6 posted on 08/30/2010 7:20:54 PM PDT by beethovenfan (If Islam is the solution, the "problem" must be freedom.)
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To: NormsRevenge
...monitor eh....so they can drop food parcels....voter registration forms (filled out)...

Ping me when the drones are carrying Hellfire missiles and 50-cal MG's

7 posted on 08/30/2010 7:21:04 PM PDT by spokeshave (Islamics and Democrats unite to cut off Adam Smith's invisible hand)
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To: NormsRevenge
"Predator drones to patrol entire US-Mexico border "

More than likely they'll be armed with food and water pods to be dropped for the benefit of the incoming undocumented democrats.

8 posted on 08/30/2010 7:21:37 PM PDT by Flag_This (Real presidents don't bow.)
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To: NormsRevenge
OMG.

The poor Mexican drug smugglers face...

...having their sombreros photographed!

The horror!


Frowning takes 68 muscles.
Smiling takes 6.
Pulling this trigger takes 2.
I'm lazy.

9 posted on 08/30/2010 7:22:35 PM PDT by The Comedian (Evil can only succeed if good men don't point at it and laugh.)
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To: Flag_This
More than likely they'll be armed with food and water pods to be dropped for the benefit of the incoming undocumented democrats.

And voter registration forms, printed in Spanish.

10 posted on 08/30/2010 7:23:08 PM PDT by tacticalogic
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To: NormsRevenge

This should give them a more accurate estimate of potential democrat votes to be pandered to.


11 posted on 08/30/2010 7:23:08 PM PDT by SpaceBar
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To: NormsRevenge

WANTED: Hard points, rails, and Hellfire


12 posted on 08/30/2010 7:23:44 PM PDT by SERKIT ("Blazing Saddles" explains it all.....)
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To: NormsRevenge

What for? To bring in the sno-cone trucks? To register them to vote?

Surely it wouldn’t be for anything as bigoted as enforcing our immigration laws.


13 posted on 08/30/2010 7:23:58 PM PDT by RFEngineer
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To: NormsRevenge

So what is the effective surveillance window of a predator? Consider that question with only three of these will be responsible for 1500 miles and factor in crew maintenance down time.


14 posted on 08/30/2010 7:25:43 PM PDT by mazda77 (Rubio for US Senate - West FL22nd - Scott for FL Gov. - Miller AK US Senate)
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To: NormsRevenge
Yawn... call me when they get serious.


15 posted on 08/30/2010 7:26:10 PM PDT by The Magical Mischief Tour
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To: NormsRevenge

Perhaps Reapers would be more appropriate given the violence in dealing with the drug cartel.


16 posted on 08/30/2010 7:29:08 PM PDT by RockyMtnMan
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To: NormsRevenge

Alien Versus Predator.

(Starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jaleel White)


17 posted on 08/30/2010 7:29:08 PM PDT by Judges Gone Wild (Who are these uncircumcised to oppose the armies of the Living God?)
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To: NormsRevenge

Probably they will be used to protect the illegals from US Border Patrol.


18 posted on 08/30/2010 7:30:58 PM PDT by Brilliant
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To: Judges Gone Wild

http://www.kellie.de/fm1/fm_urkel.jpg


19 posted on 08/30/2010 7:31:05 PM PDT by Judges Gone Wild (Who are these uncircumcised to oppose the armies of the Living God?)
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To: beethovenfan

Are the drones gonna drop tacos?


20 posted on 08/30/2010 7:34:34 PM PDT by StopObama2012 (CLICK ME to expose Osaudi)
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To: NormsRevenge

Yep, we don’t know what is going on at the border, but we’re soon to find out. Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz zzzzz zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz zzzzzzzz zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz...

Good grief.

There are signs 70 miles inside Arizona telling U. S. Citizens to stay out, but drones will fix everything.

I’m going to sleep well tonight...


21 posted on 08/30/2010 7:36:09 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (UniTea! It's not Rs vs Ds you dimwits. It's Cs vs Ls. Cut the crap & lets build for success.)
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To: The Magical Mischief Tour

(actual size)


22 posted on 08/30/2010 7:36:34 PM PDT by Pan_Yan
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To: mad_as_he$$
“actionable intelligence” still has to acted on.

Exactly. Plus that border is just under 2000 miles long and we only have 3 drones.

I read somewhere that a predator has a range of sight of 150 miles. Not certain at all about that.

So we need 13 in the air at all times to keep the entire border surveyed.

I think they should have 26 for the land border. Plus any additional support they need to give the coast guard. At $4.5 million each. That's $117 million. They allocated $3 billion for the border fence.

23 posted on 08/30/2010 7:42:31 PM PDT by DannyTN
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To: NormsRevenge

Yes but who will they be monitoring?


24 posted on 08/30/2010 7:48:12 PM PDT by fso301
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To: NormsRevenge

they will only work if they have a pay load on them..


25 posted on 08/30/2010 7:52:09 PM PDT by Jewels1091
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To: Jewels1091

Can they hang those “Gatling Guns” on them?


26 posted on 08/30/2010 7:58:57 PM PDT by ROCKLOBSTER (Celebrate: Republicans freed the slaves Month.)
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To: fso301

BINGO!


27 posted on 08/30/2010 8:09:54 PM PDT by dadgum (Overjoyed to be a Pariah)
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To: NormsRevenge
Let's see that is three 3 drones to cover 2000-mile (3200 kilometer) frontier border. Yeah, that is going to work each drone has 666.67 miles to cover, assume no overlap. They will see everything from space!
28 posted on 08/30/2010 8:11:05 PM PDT by BillT (If you can not stand behind our military, you might as well stand in front of them!)
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To: NormsRevenge
if I were POTUS I would write and executive order that would state anyone Identified as a drug mule crossing the border would be declared the same threat to national security as would an Al Qeda member and I would order the Drones to be armed and target ted the same way we use them overseas.

A few viral videos of drones in action on the borders would do wonders for reducing the numbers of illegal crossings. (I would even put up big drive-in size screens showing videos of the drones in action on the most used crossing points!)

29 posted on 08/30/2010 8:21:20 PM PDT by Mad Dawgg (If you're going to deny my 1st Amendment rights then I must proceed to the next one...)
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To: The Magical Mischief Tour

When did we have Warthogs in Alaska?


30 posted on 08/30/2010 8:26:27 PM PDT by strongbow
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Ping!


31 posted on 08/30/2010 8:47:27 PM PDT by HiJinx (I can see November from my front porch - and Mexico from the back.)
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To: NormsRevenge

Big deal. The feds fly toys and yet the murders and kidnappings continue. There are narcogangs occupying US soil in Arizona and these goofs go fly a kite. Just a show.


32 posted on 08/30/2010 8:50:42 PM PDT by Texas resident (Outlaw fisherman)
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Big deal. The feds fly toys and yet the murders and kidnappings continue. There are narcogangs occupying US soil in Arizona and these goofs go fly a kite. Just a show.
WE HAVE A WINNER! Show him what he won, Alex!
33 posted on 08/30/2010 9:05:14 PM PDT by wjcsux ("In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act." - George Orwell)
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To: NormsRevenge; Brucifer

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o40_MzuKIGA&feature=related
Treetop Flyer


34 posted on 08/30/2010 9:07:15 PM PDT by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: Flag_This
"Predator drones to patrol entire US-Mexico border "

That statement is incorrect. Not enough drones to do that and the FAA has limited the size of the tracks they fly on.

35 posted on 08/30/2010 9:14:06 PM PDT by USNBandit (sarcasm engaged at all times)
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To: NormsRevenge

...to ensure to American interferes with an entering illegal alien. That isn’t sarcasm. I suspect it is the truth.


36 posted on 08/31/2010 11:15:17 AM PDT by CodeToad (Islam needs to be banned in the US and treated as a criminal enterprise.)
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To: CodeToad

“...to ensure to American interferes “

I meant, “...to ensure to NO American interferes “


37 posted on 08/31/2010 11:16:56 AM PDT by CodeToad (Islam needs to be banned in the US and treated as a criminal enterprise.)
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To: NormsRevenge
The latest drone joins two others in covering the 2,000-mile (3,200 kilometer) frontier which runs across the states of California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas, the US Department of Homeland Security said.

Arizona is on the border with Mexico? That's news to me. </Peggy West>

38 posted on 09/01/2010 11:12:13 AM PDT by Fundamentally Fair (Bush: Mission Accomplished. Obama: Commission Accomplished.)
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