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Could Drones Help Find Nigeria's Missing Schoolgirls?
NBC News ^ | 05/10/2014

Posted on 05/10/2014 10:33:16 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

The search for nearly 300 missing Nigerian schoolgirls has taken on an international dimension with the arrival of American and British experts on the ground to help track down the teens.

There are military personnel, development experts, law-enforcement and intelligence agents. And then there’s the possibility of calling in the drones.

Reuters reported Thursday that the U.S. was considering a request by Nigeria to provide surveillance aircraft and intelligence. "We are considering it," Linda Thomas-Greenfield, U.S. assistant-secretary of State for African Affairs, said in an interview.

While surveillance drones have been used for humanitarian purposes from the Fukushima radiation disaster to earthquake hit Haiti, experts are divided over how effective they would be in searching for the schoolgirls whose plight has captivated the world.

“From a technical perspective it makes sense,” said military aviation expert Caitlin Lee. “You can see places you probably couldn’t get to on foot.”

Drones — also known as unmanned aerial vehicles, or UAVs — also can be stationed longer than manned aircraft, using cameras and infrared sensors that can detect movement and heat to transmit live feeds to analysts on the ground.

Feeds from around-the-clock surveillance would help analysts on the ground establish patterns of life - movement of people, numbers of people and suspicious activity - that could ostensibly shed light on the girls' whereabouts.

(Excerpt) Read more at nbcnews.com ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: abduction; bokoharam; drones; nigeria
For that matter, could drones help to find the missing Malaysia Jet liner?
1 posted on 05/10/2014 10:33:16 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Those girls are spread halfway around the planet now.

The time to save those girls was when Boko Harum was burning boys to death in their schools. At this point, we’re reduced to hashtag diplomacy and PR moves.


2 posted on 05/10/2014 10:36:21 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: SeekAndFind

If people really honestly accept that the world powers don’t know what happened and where that Malaysia Airbus is, they are dumber than I thought.


3 posted on 05/10/2014 10:37:00 AM PDT by blackdog (There is no such thing as healing, only a balance between destructive and constructive forces.)
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To: SeekAndFind
Could Drones Help Find Nigeria's Missing Schoolgirls?

IMHO all the DRONES are ensconced in the State Department behind desks plotting against the USA. If they were any good at it we'd have been taken down long before this.

4 posted on 05/10/2014 10:39:14 AM PDT by Don Corleone ("Oil the gun..eat the cannoli. Take it to the Mattress.")
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To: SeekAndFind
Could Drones Help Find Nigeria's Missing Schoolgirls?

Yes. Of course. Democratic Party drones support the kidnappers they should have contacts over there but will they betray their Boko Haram friends?

Congressman Blasts Democrat Group For Supporting Terrorists

5 posted on 05/10/2014 10:41:09 AM PDT by WilliamofCarmichael (If modern America's Man on Horseback is out there, Get on the damn horse already!)
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To: cripplecreek
The time to save those girls was when Boko Harum was burning boys to death in their schools. At this point, we’re reduced to hashtag diplomacy and PR moves.

Why doesn't Hitlery open up a #Whatdifferncedoesitmake site and save the world?/sarc

6 posted on 05/10/2014 10:41:28 AM PDT by Don Corleone ("Oil the gun..eat the cannoli. Take it to the Mattress.")
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To: SeekAndFind
I don't care about 190 missing Nigerian girls and don't want a penny of my tax dollars used to find them. Nigeria can find them. I want to find and stop the 300 missing Al Shabbab terrorists that entered our Southern Border and are still at large inside the United States.
7 posted on 05/10/2014 10:43:14 AM PDT by montag813
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To: cripplecreek

Yep they’ve long since been sold and shipped out.


8 posted on 05/10/2014 10:43:50 AM PDT by Mmogamer (I refudiate the lamestream media, leftists and their prevaricutions.)
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To: Don Corleone

Benghazi could have been prevented with a little forethought.

The Ukraine thing could have been headed off with a little forethought and diplomacy.

The Nigeria kidnappings could have been headed off with a little forethought.


9 posted on 05/10/2014 10:45:31 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: SeekAndFind

This nigerian story is intended to get Benghazi out of the news.


10 posted on 05/10/2014 10:54:20 AM PDT by what's up (su)
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To: cripplecreek

“It’s Hillary’s fault”
Repeat often!


11 posted on 05/10/2014 10:56:42 AM PDT by hoosiermama (Obama: "Born in Kenya" Lying now or then or now)
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To: SeekAndFind
Of course they can.

Especially at night.

I would not be surprised if their location is now known IF they were kept together.

Unfortunately they are likely dead or sold already.

12 posted on 05/10/2014 11:04:25 AM PDT by Mariner (War Criminal #18)
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To: what's up

And in a week, when some other crisis blows up, the Nigerian schoolgirl story will be old news, too, with about as much reporting as Benghazi is getting in the mainstream press now.

How quickly these things become “cold cases”.

Even “cold case” crimes remain crimes, whether there is a statute of limitations or not.


13 posted on 05/10/2014 11:04:52 AM PDT by alloysteel (Selective and willful ignorance spells doom, to both victim and perpetrator - mostly the perp.)
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To: SeekAndFind

As someone posted in a related thread, sadly, those girls probably have already been sold off to the sex trade and/or slave trade. Those who aren’t providing sex services are laboring in homes of the wealthy.

It is rather disconcerting that none of the womens’ groups seem to be expressing outrage. The exception being Michelle O and the little hash-tag #bringourgirlsback sign.

Many of us do not realize that the sex and slave trades are rampant in some parts of the world.

UN: {crickets chirping}


14 posted on 05/10/2014 11:12:51 AM PDT by TomGuy
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To: SeekAndFind

How about you use them to light up some jihadi dirtbags?


15 posted on 05/10/2014 11:14:13 AM PDT by struggle
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To: struggle

RE: How about you use them to light up some jihadi dirtbags?

Sure, as long as you can make sure the school girls don’t get light up with them...


16 posted on 05/10/2014 11:15:30 AM PDT by SeekAndFind (If at first you don't succeed, put it out for beta test.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Who says they aren’t already there flying ISR mission. . .


17 posted on 05/10/2014 11:37:12 AM PDT by Hulka
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To: SeekAndFind

The people are OUTRAGED over the kidnapping of the young women and have cast out every single member of the terrorist organization, strangling their supplies, and standing up to them when they come crawling into the towns looking for food and recruits...

Oh, right, they haven’t, so why should I give a rip either? They want to do this to themselves? Have fun. When they’re ready to put an end to this and the other horrors of Islam, give me a call.


18 posted on 05/10/2014 11:37:55 AM PDT by kingu (Everything starts with slashing the size and scope of the federal government.)
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To: cripplecreek
100%...
19 posted on 05/10/2014 11:46:12 AM PDT by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -vvv- NO Pity for the LAZY - 86-44)
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To: SeekAndFind
This is certainly nothing new vis-s-vis the Boko Haram.

Could the looming Benghazi exposures have something to do with the sudden interest in the Boko Haram by the MSM employees and Obama Administration?

Will the MSM employees report that the kidnapped girls signed a petition that the Benghazi hearing be delayed until they are rescued?

20 posted on 05/10/2014 12:02:14 PM PDT by WilliamofCarmichael (If modern America's Man on Horseback is out there, Get on the damn horse already!)
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To: montag813

We all should care deeply when a horrific thing like this is done. I think our government should provide assistance to rescuing these girls if possible and then blow the Boca Haram terrorists into pieces which can then be fed to pigs. Certainly our government money would be much better spent doing that then arming more federal agencies to oppress us or paying for more abortions.


21 posted on 05/10/2014 12:02:40 PM PDT by dschapin
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To: cripplecreek
the time to save those girls...

But Obama was too busy supporting his buddies who were in the process of stealing an NBA team.

I'll repeat what's become my broken-record theme. NOBODY had the instincts to speak out about those girls when they could've been found.

22 posted on 05/10/2014 12:06:43 PM PDT by grania
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To: dschapin
We all should care deeply when a horrific thing like this is done.

We didn't care at all when the same group burned dozens of school boys alive a few months ago?

23 posted on 05/10/2014 12:13:44 PM PDT by montag813
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To: grania

Same thing with the Ukraine.

Obama should have been at the Olympics sitting with Putin talking about diplomatic options while state department officials worked on the same in Kiev. Instead Obama was busy in DC throwing a tantrum about gay rights in Russia.


24 posted on 05/10/2014 12:21:38 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: montag813

Yup FReepers have been very aware of the problems of Nigeria for a long time.


25 posted on 05/10/2014 12:22:30 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: grania
Meanwhile back in January.

U.S. State Department condemns Nigeria for banning same-sex ‘marriage,’ gay clubs

Seems to be a pattern emerging.
26 posted on 05/10/2014 12:30:11 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: SeekAndFind
"You lost 200 girls?"


27 posted on 05/10/2014 12:37:02 PM PDT by UCANSEE2 (Lost my tagline on Flight MH370. Sorry for the inconvenience.)
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To: SeekAndFind

28 posted on 05/10/2014 12:40:22 PM PDT by windcliff
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To: cripplecreek
US State Department condemns Nigeria for banning same sex "marriage", gay clubs

I'm going to go full-throttle tasteless with my next comment....now that the terrorists have young wives, what do they need these for?

I can't be more disgusted. There had to be at least some people in Nigeria who could've gone after those girls. You'd think the parents would've organized to try to find them, and before that have guards at the school. Civilization's not in such great shape, so it seems.

29 posted on 05/10/2014 12:50:47 PM PDT by grania
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To: montag813
I don't care about 190 missing Nigerian girls and don't want a penny of my tax dollars used to find them.

Call me cold-hearted but I don't either. I'm not even sure why this is news.

Africa is a stone-age cesspool of inhumanity where the worst atrocities one could possibly imagine are visited upon each other daily and there's not a damn thing we can do about it. Should Africans take it upon themselves to make even the slightest effort to join the civilized world, I'll welcome them but until then, I've lost my capacity to give a sh*t over what Africans do to each other.

30 posted on 05/10/2014 12:54:24 PM PDT by Drew68
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To: SeekAndFind

Could Drones Help Find Nigeria’s Missing Schoolgirls?

Only if oboingo is joysticking them personally. Dude’s a killer.


31 posted on 05/10/2014 1:22:29 PM PDT by TalBlack (Evil doesn't have a day job.)
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To: alloysteel
when some other crisis blows up, the Nigerian schoolgirl story will be old news, too

I hope so!

The liberals greatest successes are when they can dominate the news with a story that favors them.

I think that's what Obama is trying to do with this story. It's got all the elements which promote their agenda...it's about women, it's about Obama "taking charge" in foreign policy, it's about the Samantha Powers doctrine i.e. humanitarian missions. Let's get back to Benghazi.

32 posted on 05/10/2014 1:24:55 PM PDT by what's up (su)
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To: SeekAndFind

The last thing you want to do is send President Chip On His Shoulder into Africa searching for children with drones. He has already blown up quite a few in Pakistan.


33 posted on 05/10/2014 1:59:48 PM PDT by justa-hairyape (The user name is sarcastic. Although at times it may not appear that way.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Maybe, but I would rather they be used to kill any and all members of Boko Harum or whatever the Muzzieturds are calling themselves over there in Nigeria.


34 posted on 05/10/2014 2:02:36 PM PDT by MIchaelTArchangel (Have a wonderful day!)
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To: Drew68
Call me cold-hearted but I don't either. I'm not even sure why this is news.

Nigeria had a $262 billion GDP last year, the 2nd fastest growing economy in Africa. Why do they need our charity for 200 children to be found?

35 posted on 05/10/2014 3:41:38 PM PDT by montag813
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