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Border Patrol Beefs Up Surveillance Through Tethered Spy Blimps In South Texas
Fox News Latino ^ | November 07, 2013

Posted on 11/07/2013 2:44:42 PM PST by SwinneySwitch

The nation's federal border protection agency announced this week it will begin using more military-owned equipment for surveillance along the U.S.-Mexico border in Texas’ Rio Grande Valley.

The new equipment, set up at three locations, will include large balloon-like devices called “aerostats” that contain sensor equipment for viewing activity along the border. The sensor equipment is similar to what the Border Patrol already uses but will give the agency a greater viewing area so they can track drug traffickers and undocumented immigrants crossing the U.S.’s southern border.

The announcement of the border balloons comes on top of recent announcements by CBP officials that they will be stepping border security and their monitoring tactics.

A July report obtained by the Electronic Frontier Foundation through a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit revealed the agency has considered adding weapons to its Predator drones that currently serve as the agency's eyes in the sky on the lookout for undocumented immigrants and drug trafficking coming across the border.

A section of the heavily redacted 107-page report that deals with the equipment mounted on the drones states that “Additional payload upgrades could include expendables or non-lethal weapons designed to immobilize [targets of interest].”

The federal border agency downplayed the report, saying it has no plans as of now to arm its drones, adding that current missions focus solely on surveillance and reporting illegal activity.

(Excerpt) Read more at latino.foxnews.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Mexico; News/Current Events; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: aliens; borderpatrol; borderwars
“On the other hand, the Border Patrol is an armed agency and there have been a number of incidents of violence between agents and people along the border, so non-lethal weapons might not be such a bad idea," Wilson added.
1 posted on 11/07/2013 2:44:43 PM PST by SwinneySwitch
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To: SwinneySwitch
but will give the agency a greater viewing area so they can track drug traffickers and undocumented immigrants

in order to ensure they are registered to vote...

2 posted on 11/07/2013 2:46:44 PM PST by glorgau
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To: SwinneySwitch

We’ve had one at Fort Huachuca, Arizonna for a long long time.


3 posted on 11/07/2013 2:50:43 PM PST by SandRat (Duty - Honor - Country! What else needs said?)
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To: SwinneySwitch

“Spy Blimps In South Texas”

Looks like Krispy Kreme paid a visit to Texas after Obama =)


4 posted on 11/07/2013 2:54:30 PM PST by Patriot Babe
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This is a good way to get a more accurate count of the illegals coming across the border.


5 posted on 11/07/2013 3:12:03 PM PST by Rio (Proud resident of the State of Jefferson)
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To: SwinneySwitch
*drug traffickers and undocumented immigrants*

How Un-PC of the author...

It should be “undocumented pharmacists” and undocumented immigrants.

We don't want several thousand drug dealers marching on Washington demanding their rights because we are using an outdated term to describe them.

6 posted on 11/07/2013 3:22:45 PM PST by PATRIOT1876
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To: Rio

Yeah those blimps would act as a deterrent to border crossings if they didn’t say “Welcome to California!” on them.../s


7 posted on 11/07/2013 3:26:22 PM PST by jsanders2001
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To: SwinneySwitch

8 posted on 11/07/2013 3:28:37 PM PST by JoeProBono (SOME IMAGES MAY BE DISTURBING VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED;-{)
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To: SwinneySwitch
why bother... i mean it's not like we would try and stop them from crossing the border or something even if we saw them coming
9 posted on 11/07/2013 3:31:45 PM PST by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -vvv- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: SwinneySwitch

i fly by one of these in the Florida Keys
looking for them drugs and illegals.
And waaaayy up in the sky


10 posted on 11/07/2013 3:49:11 PM PST by Joe Boucher ((FUBO) ( Hey Rubio, eat pooh pal))
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To: SwinneySwitch

Non-lethal?

I think BP Agent Brian Terry has something to say about that—or he would if he didn’t go up against fully armed rip-crews and he was directed to use non-lethal shotgun rounds.


11 posted on 11/07/2013 3:55:29 PM PST by Hulka
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To: Hulka

they’ve been using blimps, ballons and tehtered camera’s for over 20 years.


12 posted on 11/07/2013 4:01:09 PM PST by Dusty Road
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To: Dusty Road

tehered


13 posted on 11/07/2013 4:01:54 PM PST by Dusty Road
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To: SwinneySwitch; COUNTrecount; Nowhere Man; FightThePower!; C. Edmund Wright; jacob allen; ...
Hmmmmmm. They don't really seem all that interested in keeping them out. Are they putting these in place to keep us in?

Nut-job Conspiracy Theory Ping!

To get onto The Nut-job Conspiracy Theory Ping List you must threaten to report me to the Mods if I don't add you to the list...

14 posted on 11/07/2013 4:14:23 PM PST by null and void (I'm betting on an Obama Trifecta: A Nobel Peace Prize, an Impeachment, AND a War Crimes Trial...)
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To: Dusty Road
tethered
15 posted on 11/07/2013 4:22:53 PM PST by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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To: F15Eagle

Thank you! Fat fingers and Crown Royal Black is not the best combination.


16 posted on 11/07/2013 4:28:53 PM PST by Dusty Road
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To: null and void

There’s no question.


17 posted on 11/07/2013 4:49:41 PM PST by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: null and void
If you like your imaginary borders, you will be able to keep your imaginary borders. Period.

If you like your silly notions of self-reliance, you will be able to keep your silly notions of self-reliance. Period.

No one will take them away. No matter what.



18 posted on 11/07/2013 5:04:14 PM PST by OwenKellogg (Fundamental transformation sucks.)
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To: SwinneySwitch

Not that the blimps couldn’t shot down with “Fast and Furious” weapons. Nah ...that would never happen.


19 posted on 11/07/2013 5:44:00 PM PST by Dartman (CDN PM Stephen Harper may not be perfect, but we don't have to be ashamed or embarassed of him.)
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To: Dusty Road

;)


20 posted on 11/07/2013 7:43:34 PM PST by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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To: SwinneySwitch

So they can watch the invaders cross the border then track them down to register them to vote.


21 posted on 11/07/2013 7:50:12 PM PST by Sequoyah101
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To: null and void

sure sounds like it


22 posted on 11/07/2013 7:52:52 PM PST by Nifster
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To: null and void

It just hit me....these are just another form of drone that O can use to kill folks with


23 posted on 11/07/2013 7:53:29 PM PST by Nifster
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To: SwinneySwitch

Aerostats new? ..and calling them drones?

Fox News Latino couldn’t find its ass with both hands, a flashlight, and a map.


24 posted on 11/07/2013 7:56:38 PM PST by Delta 21 (Oh Crap !! Did I say that out loud ??!??)
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To: Dusty Road

I need sum ‘o that. Or maybe just some sleep!


25 posted on 11/07/2013 7:57:54 PM PST by Delta 21 (Oh Crap !! Did I say that out loud ??!??)
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To: Dusty Road

Yes. And that was not my point.


26 posted on 11/08/2013 3:44:40 PM PST by Hulka
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To: Dartman

Be a heck of a shot as most are over 12,000 feet up and are huge.


27 posted on 11/08/2013 3:46:03 PM PST by Hulka
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