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  • Eric Holder: ATF Planning to Use Drones

    04/08/2014 6:28:22 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 87 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | April 8, 2014 | Charlie Spiering
    Attorney General Eric Holder admitted Tuesday that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives was in the process of looking at the use of domestic drones. Rep. Ted Poe, R-Texas, questioned Holder during a House Judiciary Committee hearing, asking the Attorney General if he believed if the Federal Aviation Administration or Congress should regulate of drone use. “Would you think that it would be better that Congress intervene and employ legislation safeguarding the Fourth Amendment, right of privacy basically on citizens or do you suggest as Attorney General that the FAA still control who gets a drone or not?”...
  • Predator Drone Used to Arrest American Ranch Family

    02/06/2014 6:02:36 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 37 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | February 6, 2014 - 1:27 PM | Barbara Boland
    A Predator drone designed to catch terrorists in Afghanistan was used to track a recalcitrant North Dakota rancher and his sons accused of cattle thieving and monitor them to see when they were unarmed and alert the police in a case believed to be the first where an American citizen was arrested with the aid of a drone. On Jan. 14, 2014, Rodney Brossart was acquitted of stealing cattle and criminal mischief, but convicted of terrorizing police (a conviction he is appealing) and sentenced to three years in prison with all but six months suspended. This all stems from an...
  • Drones, Tanks, and Grenade Launchers: Coming Soon to a Police Department Near You

    11/24/2013 6:08:15 PM PST · by Carbonsteel · 78 replies
    The Rutherford Institute ^ | 11/18/2013 | By John W. Whitehead
    Why does a police department which hasn’t had an officer killed in the line of duty in over 125 years in a town of less than 20,000 people need tactical military vests like those used by soldiers in Afghanistan? For that matter, why does a police department in a city of 35,000 people need a military-grade helicopter? And what possible use could police at Ohio State University have for acquiring a heavily-armored vehicle intended to withstand IED blasts? Why are police departments across the country acquiring heavy-duty military equipment and weaponry? For the same reason that perfectly good roads get...
  • The tiny Colorado town where leaders want to sell permits to 'hunt' unmanned drones...

    08/24/2013 10:20:17 PM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 37 replies
    Daily Mail [UK] ^ | 23 August 2013
    In Deer Trail, Colorado, it's could soon be open season on unmanned aerial drones. Residents in the two of 500 will go to the polls on October 8 to decide whether to sell 'hunting permits' that would make it legal to shoot drones out of the sky. Legal, that is, from the town's perspective. Federal aviation officials have warned that anyone who actually fires on a drone could face the same charges as anyone shooting at an airplane. A permit costs $25, with a $100 bounty reward for shooters who bring in debris from an unmanned aircraft 'known to be...
  • FAA issues warning about shooting at drones

    07/19/2013 2:21:40 PM PDT · by Rio · 68 replies
    The Oregonian (AP) ^ | 7/19/2013 | Unknown AP
    WASHINGTON — People who fire guns at drones are endangering the public and property and could be prosecuted or fined, the Federal Aviation Administration warned Friday.
  • Rand Paul: I Want To Know If FBI Is Following The Bill Of Right When Using Drones For Surveillance

    07/16/2013 8:47:30 PM PDT · by Jebby · 8 replies
    Fox News ^ | July 17, 2013
    As the Senate agreed today to stop the "nuclear option," Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) told Eric Bolling on Your World that he plans on filibustering the FBI director nomination. Democrats, led by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, had warned Republicans that if they don't allow President Obama's executive branch nominees, then they'd strip Congress' power to filibuster. Sen. Paul said he would put a hold on the nomination of James Comey as FBI director to get more information on how the federal government is using drones. "I'm trying to get a real truth. Is the FBI using the Bill of...
  • A Drone passed over me this morning. (vanity).

    04/01/2013 8:41:53 AM PDT · by Rca2000 · 56 replies
    4-1-013 | RCA2000
    This is NOT an april fools joke. This morning, when I got out of my car to go into work, I noticed a small plane-looking vehicle passing over the building I work at. We are close to the CVG Airport, but this was going away from it in a western direction, not from or towards it. I looked at it and noticed the "buzzing noise" it makes, MUCH different than any normal plane, and it came to me where I had heard that before--on video of a drone on tv or such. It continued on its way, and had one...
  • 2 Deputies Shot In Standoff, Search For Christopher Dorner (Shootout over, Rambro dead?)

    02/12/2013 2:10:17 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 157 replies
    CBS LA ^ | 2/12/13 | CBS LA
    Two San Bernardino County SheriffÂ’s deputies have been shot while pursuing a carjacking and home-invasion suspect in the Angelus Oaks area of Big Bear. A law enforcement source confirms to the Associated Press that the assailant is triple-murder suspect Christopher Dorner, who is said to be heavily armed in engaging in gunfire with authorities. Repeated gunshots could be heard on Glass Road west of 7 Oaks just after 1:30 p.m. and officials requested an armored vehicle to help remove several injured deputies from the scene. A SWAT team was also called in to set up a perimeter of the area....
  • The Other Drone Question: Is Obama Building A Federal Police Force?

    03/18/2013 6:39:52 AM PDT · by EXCH54FE · 83 replies
    American Thinker ^ | Mar. 18, 2013 | Tara Servatius
    Less than two weeks ago, Sen. Rand Paul's demanded to know whether the president believed he had a right to kill an American citizen on American soil with a drone, finally getting an answer that had to be dragged out Attorney General Eric Holder. An equally important, but still unasked question is whether the president intends to build a federal, drone-based "public safety" force to police local communities. Somebody had better ask the president about this quickly, because it appears that his administration intends to use drones to actively usurp what were once local police and sheriff's department functions. Put...
  • Mark Steyn may or may not have read my complaint this morning; mentions Ruby Ridge, Waco in new....

    03/09/2013 11:59:08 AM PST · by virgil283 · 5 replies
    fivefeetoffury ^ | Kathy Shaidle
    "Back in the Nineties, everyone was worried about militias and survivalists, who lived in what were invariably described as “compounds,” and not in the Kennedys-at-Hyannis sense. And, every so often, one of these compound-dwellers would find himself besieged by a great tide of federal alphabet soup, agents from the DEA, ATF, FBI and maybe even RRB. There was a guy named Randy Weaver, who lost his wife, son and dog to the guns of federal agents, was charged and acquitted in the murder of a deputy marshal and wound up getting a multimillion dollar settlement from the Department of Justice....
  • ‘Drones for America!’

    02/21/2013 7:31:48 PM PST · by Seizethecarp · 5 replies
    New York Times ^ | February 18, 2013 | DREW CHRISTIE
    In this animated satire, a former K.G.B. agent welcomes a future in which Americans live under the watchful eyes of drones. When I began thinking of this animated Op-Docs video, I had two things in mind. The first was the adoption of drones by the Seattle Police Department. (The program has since been scuttled.) The second was Yevgeny Zamyatin’s 1924 novel “We,” which was a forerunner to dystopian novels including George Orwell’s “1984,” Aldous Huxley’s “Brave New World” and Kurt Vonnegut’s “Player Piano.” “We” is set in a futuristic city that is constructed almost entirely out of glass. This total...
  • OUTRAGED Midwest Farmers Protest EPA Spy Planes Over Iowa Ranches

    07/03/2012 2:49:31 PM PDT · by radioone · 30 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 7-3-2012 | Jim Hoft
    Midwest farmers were outraged to hear that the Obama EPA was spying on ranches in surveilance planes. Rep. Tom Latham sent a letter to the EPA demanding answers, “No federal agency has the right to treat the American farmer like the Taliban.” To the Obama EPA – Iowa farmers are the enemy. The AP reported: Midwest ranchers have never been enamored with environmental regulators, but they really began to complain after learning that federal inspectors were flying over their land to look for problems. The Environmental Protection Agency flies over power plants and other facilities nationwide to identify potential air,...
  • City in Virginia Becomes First to Pass Anti-Drone Legislation

    02/05/2013 2:18:08 PM PST · by Nachum · 14 replies
    US News and World Report ^ | 2/5/13 | Jason Koebler
    Charlottesville, Va., has become the first city in the United States to formally pass an anti-drone resolution. The resolution, passed Monday, "calls on the United States Congress and the General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Virginia to adopt legislation prohibiting information obtained from the domestic use of drones from being introduced into a Federal or State court," and "pledges to abstain from similar uses with city-owned, leased, or borrowed drones." The resolution passed by a 3-2 vote and was brought to the city council by activist David Swanson and the Rutherford Institute, a progressive civil liberties group based ACA premium...
  • The next generation of surveillance. (Video)

    01/29/2013 12:14:52 PM PST · by servo1969 · 2 replies ^ | 1-23-2013 | PBS
    A clip from the episode of NOVA entitled "Rise of the Drones." The full episode can be viewed here:
  • Groups Concerned Over Arming Of Domestic Drones

    05/23/2012 11:54:42 AM PDT · by Nachum · 53 replies
    CBS ^ | 5/23/12 | staff
    WASHINGTON (CBSDC) – With the use of domestic drones increasing, concern has not just come up over privacy issues, but also over the potential use of lethal force by the unmanned aircraft. Drones have been used overseas to target and kill high-level terror leaders and are also being used along the U.S.-Mexico border in the battle against illegal immigration. But now, these drones are starting to be used domestically at an increasing rate. The Federal Aviation Administration has allowed several police departments to use drones across the U.S. They are controlled from a remote location and use infrared sensors and...
  • Is There a Drone In Your Backyard?

    05/17/2012 3:43:34 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 59 replies ^ | May 17, 2012 | Judge Andrew Napolitano
    Earlier this week, the federal government announced that the Air Force might be dispatching drones to a backyard near you. The stated purpose of these spies in the sky is to assist local police to find missing persons or kidnap victims, or to chase bad guys. If the drone operator sees you doing anything of interest (Is your fertilizer for the roses or to fuel a bomb? Is that Sudafed for your cold or your meth habit? Are you smoking in front of your kids?), the feds say they may take a picture of you and keep it. The...
  • Surveillance Drone Spotted Near Chicago - For NATO Summit?

    05/16/2012 8:50:33 PM PDT · by Mad Dawgg · 60 replies
    YouTube ^ | May 13th 2012 | MisterBees
    This was filmed in Elgin, Illinois about 40 miles from Chicago. I assume it's for the NATO summit this week as a security measure.
  • Privacy concerns as US government rolls out domestic drone rules (Drones coming to America soon)

    05/15/2012 6:46:51 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    Fox News ^ | 05/15/2012 | Catherine Herridge
    Unmanned drones could soon be buzzing in the skies above many U.S. cities, as the federal government green-lights the technology for local law enforcement amid widespread privacy concerns. The Federal Aviation Administration on Monday began to explain the rules of the sky for these newly licensed drones at potentially dozens of sites across the country. The agency, on its website, said that government "entities" will have to obtain a special certificate in order to fly the aircraft, adding that the FAA is "streamlining the process for public agencies to safely fly (drones) in the nation's airspace." In doing so, the...
  • USAF Drones May Conduct “Incidental” Domestic Surveillance

    05/08/2012 12:39:51 PM PDT · by Theoria · 35 replies
    FAS ^ | 08 May 2012 | Steven Aftergood
    U.S. Air Force policy permits the incidental collection of domestic imagery by unmanned aerial systems (drones), but ordinarily would not allow targeted surveillance of a U.S. person.  The Air Force policy was restated in a newly reissued instruction on oversight of Air Force intelligence.“Air Force Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) operations, exercise and training missions will not conduct nonconsensual surveillance on specifically identified US persons, unless expressly approved by the Secretary of Defense, consistent with US law and regulations,” the instruction stated.On the other hand, “Collected imagery may incidentally include US persons or private property without consent.”“Collecting information on specific targets...
  • Drone Sites Map

    04/24/2012 8:15:21 AM PDT · by JoanVarga · 5 replies
    Primordial Slack ^ | 4/24/2012 | Joan Of Argghh!
    Looky here, no drone sites in Illinois! Actually, the direct Google map link has a curious list of mainly college campuses and police departments. Apparatchiks. Check it out. Keep in mind, these are the authorized sites. Kate, at Small Dead Animals, kills with the juxtaposition of it all.
  • Is there a drone in your neighbourhood?

    04/24/2012 6:23:05 AM PDT · by Mad Dawgg · 107 replies
    The Daily Mail Online ^ | 05:15 EST, 24 April 2012 | Julian Gavaghan
    Is there a drone in your neighbourhood? Rise of spy planes exposed after FAA is forced to reveal 63 launch sites across U.S. Unmanned spy planes are being launched from locations in 20 states and owners include the military and universities. There are at least 63 active drone sites around the U.S, federal authorities have been forced to reveal following a landmark Freedom of Information lawsuit. The unmanned planes – some of which may have been designed to kill terror suspects – are being launched from locations in 20 states. Most of the active drones are deployed from military installations,...
  • Who Is Flying Unmanned Aircraft in the U.S.? Gov't Withholds Info on Drone Flight Authorizations

    02/15/2012 7:13:14 AM PST · by FourPeas · 22 replies
    San Francisco - The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) filed suit today against the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), demanding data on certifications and authorizations the agency has issued for the operation of unmanned aircraft, also known as drones. Drones are designed to carry surveillance equipment – including video cameras, infrared cameras and heat sensors, and radar – that can allow for sophisticated and almost constant surveillance. They can also carry weapons. Traditionally, drones have been used almost exclusively by military and security organizations. However, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection uses drones inside the United States to patrol the U.S....
  • Congress Demands Drones Over America

    02/10/2012 8:42:52 PM PST · by lbryce · 20 replies ^ | February 10, 2012 | Harley Geiger
    Congress is demanding drones in the air over the United States - without considering the civil liberties issues. Within the span of three days last week, the House and then the Senate passed a law - H.R. 658 - requiring the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to speed up, within 90 days, its current licensing process for government use of drones domestically and to open the national airspace to drone aircraft for commercial and private use by October 2015. While the law requires the FAA to develop guidance on drone safety, the law says absolutely nothing about the privacy or transparency...
  • Drones over U.S. get OK by Congress

    02/08/2012 8:11:18 AM PST · by rarestia · 116 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | Tuesday, February 7, 2012 | Shaun Waterman
    Look! Up in the sky! Is it a bird? Is it a plane? It’s … a drone, and it’s watching you. That’s what privacy advocates fear from a bill Congress passed this week to make it easier for the government to fly unmanned spy planes in U.S. airspace. The FAA Reauthorization Act, which President Obama is expected to sign, also orders the Federal Aviation Administration to develop regulations for the testing and licensing of commercial drones by 2015.
  • Predator drone spy plane used in civilian arrests

    12/10/2011 7:34:07 PM PST · by Jet Jaguar · 105 replies
    LA Times ^ | December 10, 2011 | Brian Bennett
    Unmanned aircraft from an Air Force base in North Dakota help local police with surveillance, raising questions that trouble privacy advocates. Armed with a search warrant, Nelson County Sheriff Kelly Janke went looking for six missing cows on the Brossart family farm in the early evening of June 23. Three men brandishing rifles chased him off, he said. Janke knew the gunmen could be anywhere on the 3,000-acre spread in eastern North Dakota. Fearful of an armed standoff, he called in reinforcements from the state Highway Patrol, a regional SWAT team, a bomb squad, ambulances and deputy sheriffs from three...
  • Drones Cleared For Domestic Use Across The US

    12/07/2011 6:36:40 AM PST · by Just4Him · 77 replies
    What do you know about drones? You know drones — those robotic, unmanned planes that fire missiles for the American military across Afghanistan, Pakistan and anywhere else the United States needs to get away with murder. Well if you don’t know too much, don’t worry, that’ll change soon. The Federal Aviation Administration is looking into rules that will bring the controversial aircraft into the country, creating an United States airspace buzzing with tiny, robot planes to look over every inch of American soil — and maybe more. An article published Tuesday in the Los Angeles Times reveals that new drone...
  • Drone Gives Texas Law Enforcement Bird's-Eye View on Crime

    11/17/2011 4:01:12 AM PST · by stevie_d_64 · 19 replies
    FoxNews ^ | November 16, 2011 | Kris Gutiérrez
    The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office is weeks away from launching an unmanned aerial asset to help deputies fight crime. The ShadowHawk helicopter is six-feet long, weighs fifty pounds and fits in the back of an SUV. “We can put it over a fire, put it over ahazmat spill, put it over a house with a suspect barricaded inside and literally give the incident commander the ability to look at the entire scene with a bird’s eye view, ” Chief Deputy Randy McDaniel said. Sheriff’s deputies will fly the ShadowHawk with nothing more than a laptop computer and a remote control...
  • Rick Perry: Use Predators to track illegal drug traffic on U.S. border

    08/16/2011 4:56:16 PM PDT · by Nachum · 30 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 8/16/11 | Andrew Malcolm
    Two themes have already emerged in the still-early 2012 presidential contest:Republicans are running against Washington and President Obama is running against part of Washington, the Congress that gave him his early legislative achievements.The newest entrant to the GOP race is Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who touched on one of the most emotional and volatile issues sitting on the nation's debate table: border security, illegal drugs from Mexico and illegal immigrants.In his announcement speech in South Carolina on Saturday, Perry said:America’s standing in the world is in peril, not only because of disastrous economic policies, but
  • South Texas congressmen: More drones needed to patrol Mexican border

    04/27/2011 5:05:35 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 14 replies
    Corpus Christi Caller Times ^ | April 27, 2011 | Rick Spruill
    CORPUS CHRISTI — One $30 million unmanned aerial vehicle is not enough to patrol 1,200 miles of border between Texas and Mexico, according to a group of South Texas lawmakers. Three members of the Texas congressional delegation, including U.S. Rep. Blake Farenthold, R-Corpus Christi, on Wednesday met with state and federal officials at Naval Air Station Corpus Christi to push for additional unmanned flight operations in South Texas. Flanked by U.S. Reps. Henry Cuellar, D-Laredo, and Michael McCaul, R-Katy, Farenthold stood beside the nose of the menacing — but unarmed — Predator B drone and said Texas is a prime...
  • Predator drones to patrol entire US-Mexico border

    08/30/2010 7:17:52 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 37 replies · 1+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 8/30/10 | AFP
    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...
  • Safety concerns, pilot shortage slow use of drones on border

    07/17/2010 10:02:31 AM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 18 replies
    San Antonio Express-News ^ | 07/15/2010 | Gary Martin
    WASHINGTON — Safety concerns and a shortage of remote pilots have slowed the integration of unmanned aerial vehicles into security plans for the Southwest border, officials told a House Homeland Security panel Thursday. Federal Aviation Administration officials said the UAVs operated in U.S. airspace initially were designed for military applications. While the technology has advanced, “their safety record warrants careful review.” “The limited safety and operational data available does not support expedited or full integration into the national air space,” said Nancy Kalinowski, FAA vice president for system operations services. The FAA recently approved the use of a UAV for...
  • Government under pressure to open US skies to unmanned drones despite safety concerns

    06/14/2010 6:41:30 PM PDT · by Lucky9teen · 20 replies · 394+ views ^ | Published June 14, 2010
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Unmanned aircraft have proved their usefulness and reliability in the war zones of Afghanistan and Iraq. Now the pressure's on to allow them in the skies over the United States. The Federal Aviation Administration has been asked to issue flying rights for a range of pilotless planes to carry out civilian and law-enforcement functions but has been hesitant to act. Officials are worried that they might plow into airliners, cargo planes and corporate jets that zoom around at high altitudes, or helicopters and hot air balloons that fly as low as a few hundred feet off the...
  • FAA under pressure to open US skies to drones

    06/14/2010 2:54:35 AM PDT · by Bad~Rodeo · 40 replies · 915+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | June 14, 2010 | JOAN LOWY
    <p>WASHINGTON– Unmanned aircraft have proved their usefulness and reliability in the war zones of Afghanistan and Iraq. Now the pressure's on to allow them in the skies over the United States.</p> <p>The Federal Aviation Administration has been asked to issue flying rights for a range of pilotless planes to carry out civilian and law-enforcement functions but has been hesitant to act. Officials are worried that they might plow into airliners, cargo planes and corporate jets that zoom around at high altitudes, or helicopters and hot air balloons that fly as low as a few hundred feet off the ground.</p>
  • Arizona to White House: Send us helicopters, recon drones (Will Hussein protect the country?)

    05/24/2010 5:14:29 PM PDT · by Libloather · 13 replies · 444+ views
    Yahoo ^ | 5/24/10 | Aaron Smith
    Arizona to White House: Send us helicopters, recon dronesAaron Smith, staff writer Monday May 24, 2010, 1:04 pm EDT Unbowed by a raft of boycotts over her immigration policy, Arizona Gov. Janice Brewer has requested helicopters and unmanned aerial vehicles from the White House to patrol the border region with Mexico. Brewer, in a letter to President Obama, asked that the National Guard reallocate reconnaissance helicopters and robotic surveillance craft to the "border states" from other parts of the country. The governor specifically asked for OH-58 Kiowa helicopters, used by the military for reconnaissance, noting that Arizona currently has...
  • Unmanned planes could begin flying over Texas in a matter of months

    05/13/2010 12:04:46 AM PDT · by Sarajevo · 11 replies · 367+ views ^ | 05/10/2010 | Tim Eaton
      After years of political pressure from Texas politicians, U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar said Monday that he expects the federal government to deliver unmanned aircraft to watch over the border with Mexico by this fall.Cuellar, a Democrat from Laredo, said he has had discussions with top officials from the U.S. Customs and Border Protection's office of air and marine operations, and they agreed to the timetable, subject to Federal Aviation Administration approval to allow the surveillance planes — often referred to in the political vernacular as "Predator drones" — to fly over Texas.Laura Brown, an FAA spokeswoman, said the...
  • Unmanned Planes Could Begin Flying Over Texas in a matter of months(Drones Patrol Mexican Border)

    05/11/2010 2:52:30 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 38 replies · 634+ views
    The Statesman ^ | Tuesday, May 11, 2010 | Tim Eaton
    FAA says it's working on approval that would allow the flights.After years of political pressure from Texas politicians, U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar said Monday that he expects the federal government to deliver unmanned aircraft to watch over the border with Mexico by this fall. Cuellar, a Democrat from Laredo, said he has had discussions with top officials from the U.S. Customs and Border Protection's office of air and marine operations, and they agreed to the timetable, subject to Federal Aviation Administration approval to allow the surveillance planes — often referred to in the political vernacular as "Predator drones" — to...
  • FAA restrictions bar wider use of drones to patrol border

    11/30/2005 4:02:36 PM PST · by DumpsterDiver · 49 replies · 799+ views ^ | November 30, 2005 | Greta Wodele
    President Bush wants unmanned drones used along the U.S.-Mexican border as part of his broader immigration initiative unveiled this week, but border patrol officials are still negotiating with the Federal Aviation Administration about where and when it can deploy the systems. "We're going to use drones to be able to help enforce the border in rural Texas and in rural New Mexico and rural Arizona," Bush said Tuesday. "Slowly, but surely, technology is being employed up and down the border, and that's a key part of our strategy." The president's proposal also includes a guestworker program and bolstering immigration laws.After...
  • Border Patrol grounds aerial drones

    01/25/2005 5:08:59 PM PST · by SandRat · 27 replies · 1,045+ views
    Arizona Daily Star ^ | 01/25/05 | Michael Marizco
    After nearly a year in operation, the United States is pulling its Unmanned Aerial Vehicles off the Arizona border, grounding the drone planes to weigh their effectiveness. The two UAVs - RQ-5 Hunters made by Northrop Grumman Corp that can fly up to 100 mph for half a day - cost $1 million apiece and were introduced into the Arizona desert in October, said Mario Villarreal, U.S. Border Patrol spokesman in Washington, D.C. The two Hunter planes succeeded two Israeli-made Hermes 450s that cost about $2 million each and helped nab 965 illegal entrants and about 850 pounds of marijuana,...
  • Officials: Drones producing results

    08/04/2004 5:31:00 PM PDT · by SandRat · 32 replies · 1,059+ views
    PHOENIX - A pilot program that uses unmanned aerial drones to monitor illegal activity along the Arizona-Mexico border is gaining momentum, border officials say. Two Hermes 450 drones, which were launched over Arizona on June 25, use thermal and night-vision equipment to spot illegal immigrants trying to cross the desert into the United States. They can detect movement from 15 miles up, read a license plate, view a vehicle's occupants and even detect weapons. ......
  • Hermes Drones Almost Ready for Border Patrol Service

    06/06/2004 7:37:42 PM PDT · by NewRomeTacitus · 30 replies · 303+ views
    San Diego Union Tribunel ^ | 06-05-2004 | Associated Press
    Concentrated mostly along a 220-mile western stretch of border that includes an Indian reservation, a wildlife refuges and a military range, the drones are only the latest hardware in the patrol's technological toolbox - which includes tower-mounted cameras, ground sensors, night-vision goggles and portable lifts that let agents view down lines of highway traffic. The hope is the drones can help stem a surge in illegal immigration that a buildup of border agents hasn't stopped. The remotely piloted Hermes 450 craft, which can stay aloft for 20 hours at a time will carry cameras with thermal and night vision capabilities...
  • Border Patrol adding drones

    05/10/2004 6:21:26 PM PDT · by SandRat · 28 replies · 206+ views
    Arizona Daily Star ^ | 5/10/04 | Ignacio Ibarra
    When the U.S. Border Patrol launches its two new remote-controlled, camera-equipped aerial vehicles later this month to help in the search for illegal border crossers, it won't be the first border watch group to do so in the state. American Border Patrol, a private group based in Cochise County, recently marked a year of unmanned aerial vehicle patrols ....
  • Technology Removes Need for Human Pilots

    11/23/2003 2:32:10 PM PST · by Bobby777 · 115 replies · 206+ views
    Yahoo! News - Technology -m Reuters ^ | Sun Nov 23, 9:43 AM ET | By Chelsea Emery
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - The Wright Brothers demonstrated that man could fly. A century later, we're looking at a future in which planes fly without humans. Uninhabited Aerial Vehicles, or UAVs, are taking to the skies as military and civilian organizations turn to remote-operated planes or helicopters to perform tasks considered dull, dirty or dangerous. Already, drones have dropped bombs in the Middle East, snapped images of dangerous terrain from thousands of feet in the air and monitored traffic on congested roads. Some commentators have even suggested that Lockheed Martin's high-tech F-35 Joint Strike Fighter may be the last inhabited...
  • Drones May Be Allowed to Share U.S. Skies

    10/04/2003 6:51:36 AM PDT · by Archangelsk · 20 replies · 236+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | 100403 | Renae Merle
    Drones May Be Allowed to Share U.S. Skies By Renae Merle Washington Post Staff Writer Saturday, October 4, 2003; Page E01 NASA launched a program this month budgeted at more than $100 million aimed at allowing unmanned aircraft to share the skies with commercial airliners, bolstering what the defense industry hopes will eventually be a multibillion-dollar market for drones. The program would initially permit unmanned aerial vehicles, known as UAVs, to fly at about 40,000 feet, which is above most commercial traffic. By the end of five years, unmanned aircraft would be allowed to join general air traffic, flying as...
  • Citizens launch drones to patrol Mexican border

    09/07/2003 3:31:18 AM PDT · by sarcasm · 33 replies · 339+ views
    The Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | September 7, 2003 | EUNICE MOSCOSO
    WASHINGTON -- The Department of Homeland Security is considering the use of unmanned drones along U.S. borders to find illegal immigrants, but a citizen group is beating the agency to the punch.The group, American Border Patrol, purchased and equipped three large model airplanes with cameras and night vision systems and began using them for patrols last week. It has set up radio sensors along a stretch of the Texas-Arizona border to help guide the drones."We're ready to go," said Glenn Spencer, who leads and largely finances the Sierra Vista, Ariz., group. "We'll be out there flying along the border, sending...
  • Unmanned drones spark controversy

    08/20/2003 1:01:05 AM PDT · by sarcasm · 6 replies · 164+ views
    Seattle Post-Intelligencer ^ | August 20, 2003 | EUNICE MOSCOSO
    WASHINGTON -- The Department of Homeland Security is considering the use of unmanned drones along U.S. borders to find illegal immigrants, but a citizen group is beating them to the punch.The group, American Border Patrol, has bought and souped up three large model airplanes with cameras and night vision equipment and will begin patrolling in two weeks. It has also set up radio sensors along a stretch of the Texas-Arizona border to help guide the drones."We're ready to go," said Glenn Spencer, who leads and mostly finances the group in Sierra Vista, Ariz.The group's goal is to eventually monitor the...
  • The Future of Drones [FR EXCLUSIVE! SCCOP!]

    08/16/2003 8:08:30 AM PDT · by Southack · 65 replies · 879+ views
    Various ^ | 8/16/2003 | Southack
    Although unheralded by the mainstream press (of whose members few would even be capable of recognizing the importance of such an event), a few American civilians were celebrating their tiny model airplane's 1,821 mile flight this week as if Christmas had arrived early.   Their tiny TAM-5, equipped with a satellite phone, computer, and GPS successfully guided itself from North America to Europe.   There was no pilot aboard.   Considering the successes of large-scale, multi-million Dollar drones in the War on Terror (e.g. killing high-ranking Taliban with a hellfire missile in Afghanistan and killing high-ranking al-Qaeda operatives...
  • Border-watch group to test high-tech detection

    06/24/2003 8:58:40 AM PDT · by JackelopeBreeder · 35 replies · 288+ views
    Arizona Daily Star ^ | 24 June 2003 | Ignacio Ibarra
    American Border Patrol is seeding a Huachuca Mountain canyon with ground sensors in final preparation for its first operational testing of a tracking system that will also use GPS-guided unmanned drones. In the testing, the private border-watch group will try to detect, document and then broadcast live images of the flow of illegal border crossers trekking across a sparsely populated canyon south of Sierra Vista. The area has become a major footpath for illegal border crossers. American Border Patrol founder Glenn Spencer said the location was selected after area residents approached his group seeking help in curbing the ongoing flow...
  • Unmanned Planes May Patrol Border

    06/13/2003 12:26:56 PM PDT · by Tancredo Fan · 12 replies · 252+ views
    Unmanned Planes May Patrol Border Government Officials Consider Drones For Remote Surveillance POSTED: 10:57 a.m. PDT June 13, 2003 SAN DIEGO -- The effort to stop illegal immigration between the United States and Mexico may soon include small, unmanned planes called drones. Officials at the Department of Homeland Security are considering whether to use drones to patrol portions of the California-Mexico border. But some immigrant advocates say the drones will only endanger more lives by driving people into even more remote parts of the desert. From NBC San Diego The drones look like model planes and operate on two AA...
  • Al-Qaeda had planned attacks on US on Feb 12: Report

    02/16/2003 2:55:47 PM PST · by FairOpinion · 158 replies · 990+ views
    Hindustan Times ^ | Feb. 16, 2003 | Press Trust of India
    The US has credible intelligence that al Qaeda had an attack or multiple attacks set to begin at some point last week and that members of the Congress could have been the terrorist outfit's likely target, a media report said today. Counter-terrorism officials were today quoted as saying that they had received a phone tip that members of the United States Congress could have beene targets of assassination attempts by Islamic fundamentalists. Intelligence reports gathered from human and electronic sources around the world suggested what intelligence officials had suspected for weeks- al Qaeda operatives "Are in the execution phase of...
  • Drone planes could be patrolling border by year's end

    06/10/2003 5:44:05 PM PDT · by JackelopeBreeder · 19 replies · 491+ views
    San Diego Union-Tribune ^ | 10 June 2003 | Joseph Pena
    WASHINGTON – Unmanned spy planes, or drones, could be flying over the U.S.-Mexico border by year's end, said Homeland Security Department Secretary Tom Ridge. While some advocates for looser border controls, including California Rural Legal Assistance, oppose the move, a group that seeks tighter controls already is testing its own drones along the border. Glenn Spencer, 65, owns three drones ranging in cost from $12,000 to $21,000. The planes, equipped with four-ounce internal electronic guidance systems and camera transmitters the size of a thumb, operate on two "AA" batteries and could monitor illegal crossing along the 350-mile Arizona-Mexico border, he...