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More Border-Patrol Drones Being Borrowed by Other Agencies

January 16, 2014  | 

Federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies are increasingly borrowing border-patrol drones for domestic surveillance operations, a harbinger of what is expected to become the commonplace use of unmanned aircraft by police, reports the Washington Post.

Customs and Border Protection, which has the largest U.S. drone fleet of its kind outside the Defense Department, flew nearly 700 such surveillance missions on behalf of other agencies from 2010 to 2012, according to flight logs released recently in response to a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit filed by the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a civil-liberties group.

The records show that the border-­patrol drones are being commissioned by other agencies more often than previously known. Most of the missions are performed for the Coast Guard, the Drug Enforcement Administration, and immigration authorities. But they also aid in disaster relief and in the search for marijuana crops, methamphetamine labs, and missing persons, among other missions not directly related to border protection.

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Serpico @ 1/16/2014 5:02 PM

What happens when these "Border Drones" are being used to Spy on the USA civilian population? The only people "Free" from the Iron Curtain of Tech being used against US Citizens are, the Ruling Elites in power. Who work for the Fed Reserve, Bilderberg, CFR, and IMF. Instead of innocent until proven guilty, every citizen who's against the UN or Agenda 21 is a "criminal" in the Eyes of the "law" the same law. That lets Illegal Aliens take over the freaking country! Farmers would use their "guns" in Germans invaded the USA during WWII and forced everyone to speak German. But I guess the Invasion from South of the Border is tolerated, because why???

Capt. Crunch @ 1/17/2014 7:30 PM

@ Serpico, I have to disgree with you on this one. I think it is a great idea, because it is a lot safer for the police officers, I would rather have a suspect shoot a drone down instead of a police officer. I also would like to see a drone used to fire ammo. Also if they want to see my wife and me naked in the backyard I don't care they might learn somthing.

Richard Hightower @ 1/20/2014 11:56 AM

Capt. Crunch -- I'm going to differ from you on this issue. The idea that it's good simply because "it is a lot safer for the police officers" kind'a smacks of an "us vs. them (citizens)" mentality. IMO, this is a dangerous line of thought for a LEO.

JH @ 1/21/2014 2:54 PM

Amazon delivery drones... It's like a skeet shoot. With prizes!

Ima Leprechaun @ 1/23/2014 3:06 AM

So many bloggers are off their medication.

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