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Predator drone helps convict North Dakota farmer in first case of its kind
FoxNews.com ^ | Jan 28, 2014

Posted on 01/28/2014 7:40:34 AM PST by KeyLargo

Edited on 01/28/2014 9:08:27 AM PST by Admin Moderator. [history]

A North Dakota farmer convicted of terrorizing law officers two years ago is the first American to be sentenced to prison with the help of a Predator drone, Forbes reported.

Rodney Brossart, who was accused at the time of stealing six cows from a neighbor, was arrested after a summer-long standoff in 2011. Authorities say Brossart family members refused to allow deputies on their farmstead and didn't show up for court hearings.


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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; Government; US: North Dakota
KEYWORDS: abuseofpower; biggovernment; drones; govtabuse; spying; surveillance
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1 posted on 01/28/2014 7:40:34 AM PST by KeyLargo
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To: KeyLargo
Why was the feral government involved in a local dispute between two neighbors?
2 posted on 01/28/2014 7:43:02 AM PST by E. Pluribus Unum (The only way women can "have it all" is if men aren't allowed to have anything.)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

Why?Because they wanted to for reasons known only to them.Who’s going to stop them?


3 posted on 01/28/2014 7:45:29 AM PST by Farmer Dean (stop worrying about what they want to do to you,start thinking about what you want to do to them)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

“Brossart won’t be the last person convicted with the help of a drone as law enforcement deploys more of them. What is worrisome is that drones designed to protect American borders are being used to conduct surveillance on Americans themselves. Records obtained by the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a civil liberties group, found that CBP Predator drones flew 700 missions between 2010 and 2012 for other law enforcement agencies, including the FBI, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and local police departments. CBP Predators were equipped with Vehicle and Dismount Exploitation Radar (VADER), developed by the military to detect insurgents in Afghanistan.”

http://www.forbes.com/sites/michaelpeck/2014/01/27/predator-drone-sends-north-dakota-man-to-jail/


4 posted on 01/28/2014 7:46:40 AM PST by KeyLargo
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To: KeyLargo

He should be thankful they didnt have any hellfire missiles on the drone that day.


5 posted on 01/28/2014 7:47:26 AM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: KeyLargo
Do you have a source for this map? One of the google arrows is too close for comfort for me.
6 posted on 01/28/2014 7:47:54 AM PST by mountainlion (Live well for those that did not make it back.)
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To: KeyLargo

So what about cow stealing? Did he have the cows or didn’t he? If he didn’t have stolen cows, then the only charge is violence caused by the gubment.

Or did the owner of the cows decline to press charges? What really happened here?


7 posted on 01/28/2014 7:49:31 AM PST by DariusBane (Liberty and Risk. Flip sides of the same coin. So how much risk will YOU accept?)
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To: driftdiver

Newsmax

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Sunday, January 26, 2014 01:08 PM

By: Greg Richter

Gerald Molen, the producer of Dinesh D’Souza’s documentary film “2016: Obama’s America,” says he never feared his government before he learned that D’Souza is under federal investigation for election fraud.


8 posted on 01/28/2014 7:49:37 AM PST by KeyLargo
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9 posted on 01/28/2014 7:51:41 AM PST by DJ MacWoW (The Fed Gov is not one ring to rule them all)
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To: KeyLargo
Colorado: http://shiftthink.wordpress.com/2013/07/17/for-sale-drone-hunting-permits/


10 posted on 01/28/2014 7:52:16 AM PST by Daffynition ("If you think you can do a thing or think you can't do a thing, you're right." ~ Henry Ford)
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To: DJ MacWoW

Holy cow.


11 posted on 01/28/2014 7:52:18 AM PST by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: mountainlion
FAA’s US drone authorization map highlights battle between feds and sky pirates

Via:

http://www.extremetech.com/extreme/148028-faas-us-drone-authorization-map-highlights-battle-between-feds-and-sky-pirates

12 posted on 01/28/2014 7:52:33 AM PST by KeyLargo
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To: KeyLargo

No search warrant, no problem! Just use a drone to illegally search the property!


13 posted on 01/28/2014 7:53:57 AM PST by Blood of Tyrants (Haven't you lost enough freedoms? Support an end to the WOD now.)
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To: KeyLargo

Wait, so he was NOT guilty of stealing but guilty of not allowing authorities onto his property to investigate a crime which did NOT occur????


14 posted on 01/28/2014 7:55:36 AM PST by yadent
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To: KeyLargo

so these drones are being used to watch cow farmers in flyover land?


15 posted on 01/28/2014 7:56:42 AM PST by MNDude
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To: DariusBane
Good Grief… Obama’s EPA Is Using Drones to Spy on Iowa Cattle Ranchers

Posted by Jim Hoft on Monday, June 4, 2012, 3:32 PM

Via: http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2012/06/obamas-epa-is-using-drones-to-spy-on-cattle-ranchers-in-iowa/

16 posted on 01/28/2014 7:57:01 AM PST by KeyLargo
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To: KeyLargo
FAA’s US drone authorization map highlights battle between feds and sky pirates

Interesting map. The biggest gaps in coverage seem to be where we would need them the most... along the border of Mexico.

17 posted on 01/28/2014 7:57:09 AM PST by Cementjungle
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To: KeyLargo

Not to worry, the law enforcement officers and prosecutors will never follow those unconstitutional orders to enforce laws based on politics.

right?


18 posted on 01/28/2014 7:57:56 AM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: MNDude

The EPA is using them to look for environmental crimes.


19 posted on 01/28/2014 7:59:07 AM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: KeyLargo; COUNTrecount; Nowhere Man; FightThePower!; C. Edmund Wright; jacob allen; Travis McGee; ..

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...

20 posted on 01/28/2014 8:00:10 AM PST by null and void (We need to shake this snowglobe up.)
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To: yadent
Wait, so he was NOT guilty of stealing but guilty of not allowing authorities onto his property to investigate a crime which did NOT occur????

Yep.

Ask Martha Stewart how that works...

21 posted on 01/28/2014 8:01:32 AM PST by null and void (We need to shake this snowglobe up.)
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To: KeyLargo

Thanks for the drone base map.

Note the long stretch along the Texas Mexico border with no drone bases. Funny that.

But what exactly is the “sky piracy” threat over Wyoming?


22 posted on 01/28/2014 8:01:52 AM PST by Covenantor ("Men are ruled...by liars who refuse them news, and by fools who cannot govern." Chesterton)
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To: KeyLargo

Thanks for the drone base map.

Note the long stretch along the Texas Mexico border with no drone bases. Funny that.

But what exactly is the “sky piracy” threat over Wyoming?


23 posted on 01/28/2014 8:01:52 AM PST by Covenantor ("Men are ruled...by liars who refuse them news, and by fools who cannot govern." Chesterton)
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To: trisham
Holy cow.

They would be a lot worse than holey if the drone had a Hellfire missile. Maybe the police thought these were German cows of mass destruction.

24 posted on 01/28/2014 8:02:01 AM PST by KarlInOhio (Republican amnesty supporters don't care whether their own homes are called mansions or haciendas.)
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To: null and void

Judas Priest - Electric Eye
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EQ96oEwYrE8


25 posted on 01/28/2014 8:02:25 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: E. Pluribus Unum
Why was the feral government involved in a local dispute between two neighbors?

A trial run.

Trying it out to see if it would work.

How much more innocuous could it be?

*feral* government..... I LIKE it.

26 posted on 01/28/2014 8:03:37 AM PST by metmom (...fixing our eyes on Jesus, the Author and Perfecter of our faith....)
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To: Covenantor

27 posted on 01/28/2014 8:03:58 AM PST by KeyLargo
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To: dfwgator; Shimmer1

I considered Sting’s I’ll Be Watching You (AKA the stalker song)


28 posted on 01/28/2014 8:05:36 AM PST by null and void (We need to shake this snowglobe up.)
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To: MNDude

“so these drones are being used to watch cow farmers in flyover land?

Cow farmers?


29 posted on 01/28/2014 8:07:17 AM PST by Dusty Road
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To: E. Pluribus Unum
It wasn't a dispute between two neighbors. A number of cows wandered onto this guy's land. State law says you are supposed to allow the owner to recover his livestock.

A local sheriff came to the property to talk with the owner and the owner pulled a gun on him. When he was trying to leave the property his department called the local CBP air unit for support. They retasked a UAS on its way back from a border track.

The bigger problem is the next day the sheriff had a warrant for this guy's arrest and CBP offered up a drone again. From a technological standpoint the camera system isn't much better than what is on the CBP helicopters. From a political standpoint the CBP Air leadership in that area really stepped in it for not tasking a helicopter for that support request.

30 posted on 01/28/2014 8:08:11 AM PST by USNBandit (sarcasm engaged at all times)
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To: KarlInOhio

This is really frightening.


31 posted on 01/28/2014 8:08:18 AM PST by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: mountainlion
Looks to me like the federal and local entities that have applied with the FAA to use UAS.
32 posted on 01/28/2014 8:09:59 AM PST by USNBandit (sarcasm engaged at all times)
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To: KeyLargo
Brossart was found not guilty of stealing the cows and got six months in prison over the police standoff.

So, he was right all along - he did not steal the cows. So in exchange for being right he gets prison time? For what, not succumbing to the people who were wrongfully accusing him and the thugs trying to arrest or harass him on their behalf? There is something very, terribly wrong with this.

33 posted on 01/28/2014 8:10:07 AM PST by ThunderSleeps (Stop obarma now! Stop the hussein - insane agenda!)
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To: KeyLargo

I know. The bastard is always flying over my house in his chopper (his official term).

Way off topic, Blackberry spell check insists I should use bastards not the singular. The things one learns on FR. ;>)


34 posted on 01/28/2014 8:10:38 AM PST by Covenantor ("Men are ruled...by liars who refuse them news, and by fools who cannot govern." Chesterton)
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To: yadent
Wait, so he was NOT guilty of stealing but guilty of not allowing authorities onto his property to investigate a crime which did NOT occur????

He refused to "cooperate." "Contempt of Cop" charge right there. I hope they didn't shoot his dog(s). I wonder if they hit him on and about the head with a Maglite?

35 posted on 01/28/2014 8:10:56 AM PST by Cyber Liberty (H.L. Mencken: "The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule.")
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To: KeyLargo
Bammy gonna get you coming or going...


36 posted on 01/28/2014 8:11:32 AM PST by SparkyBass
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To: Covenantor

I added the word “Obastard” to my spell checker on Firefox...I got tired of the flagging.


38 posted on 01/28/2014 8:11:51 AM PST by Cyber Liberty (H.L. Mencken: "The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule.")
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To: Covenantor

“But what exactly is the “sky piracy” threat over Wyoming?”

Friday, 17 January 2014 19:15
Obama EPA Hands Control Over Wyoming City to Indian Tribes
Written by Alex Newman

Obama EPA Hands Control Over Wyoming City to Indian Tribes

In apparent defiance of federal law and U.S. court rulings, unelected bureaucrats at the increasingly out-of-control Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and other Obama administration departments unilaterally purported to grant control over the city of Riverton, Wyoming, to tribal authorities for the Wind River Indian tribes. At least two smaller towns are also affected.

http://www.thenewamerican.com/tech/environment/item/17427-obama-epa-hands-control-over-wyoming-city-to-indian-tribes

EPA Spies on Farmers with Drones

http://epaabuse.com/15172/videos/epa-spies-farmers-drones/


39 posted on 01/28/2014 8:12:14 AM PST by KeyLargo
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To: KeyLargo
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40 posted on 01/28/2014 8:13:27 AM PST by SWAMPSNIPER (yO)
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To: Covenantor
Note the long stretch along the Texas Mexico border with no drone bases.

The CBP UAS bases on the south border are in Sierra Vista AZ, Corpus Christi TX, and Cocoa Beach FL. The TX and AZ stations send their aircraft to tracks that run from Yuma to Brownsville.

41 posted on 01/28/2014 8:14:26 AM PST by USNBandit (sarcasm engaged at all times)
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To: yadent

Cattle rustling. Isn’t that a hanging offense?


42 posted on 01/28/2014 8:15:29 AM PST by EQAndyBuzz ("The GOP fights its own base with far more vigor than it employs in fighting the Dims.")
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43 posted on 01/28/2014 8:15:32 AM PST by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: KeyLargo

My step Brother was the LEO who requested and got the drone in this case.


44 posted on 01/28/2014 8:15:44 AM PST by Manic_Episode (F the Whigs)
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To: KeyLargo

So he didn’t steal the cows! Cows go through fences all the time. You just go get your cows or call your neighbor to get theirs out of your pasture. I am not understanding this problem.


45 posted on 01/28/2014 8:19:14 AM PST by Ditter
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To: KeyLargo

So the sky pirate is the Wind River Indians Great Spirit in the Sky?

They been having problems with that in Wyoming, have they?

;>)


46 posted on 01/28/2014 8:19:42 AM PST by Covenantor ("Men are ruled...by liars who refuse them news, and by fools who cannot govern." Chesterton)
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To: KeyLargo

It is the change they voted for. They also voted for obamacare. And a thousand other things that haven’t manifested themselves yet. All of them bad for freedom and liberty in the U.S.


47 posted on 01/28/2014 8:20:44 AM PST by sport
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48 posted on 01/28/2014 8:21:57 AM PST by Lady Jag (Tolerance and apathy are the last virtues of a dying society. - Aristotle)
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To: Manic_Episode
"My step Brother was the LEO who requested and got the drone in this case."

So apparently his parentage half was a descendant of a Nazi brown shirt?

49 posted on 01/28/2014 8:26:19 AM PST by KeyLargo
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To: EQAndyBuzz

A jury said[by their verdict]that he was not guilty of stealing cows. Rustling was not mentioned.


50 posted on 01/28/2014 8:29:07 AM PST by sport
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