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Police employ Predator drone spy planes on home front

Posted By admin On December 11, 2011 @ 2:47 pm In Featured Stories,Prison Planet | Comments Disabled

Brian Bennett
L.A. Times [1]
Sunday, December 11, 2011

Reporting from Washington— 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 other counties.

He also called in a Predator B drone.

As the unmanned aircraft circled 2 miles overhead the next morning, sophisticated sensors under the nose helped pinpoint the three suspects and showed they were unarmed. Police rushed in and made the first known arrests of U.S. citizens with help from a Predator, the spy drone that has helped revolutionize modern warfare.

But that was just the start. Local police say they have used two unarmed Predators based at Grand Forks Air Force Base to fly at least two dozen surveillance flights since June. The FBI and Drug Enforcement Administration have used Predators for other domestic investigations, officials said.

Full story here. [2]


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[1] L.A. Times: http://www.prisonplanet.comBrian Bennett

[2] Full story here.: http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-drone-arrest-20111211,0,324348.story

[3] U.S. Predator Drone Fired on Qaddafi Convoy, Official Says: http://www.prisonplanet.com/u-s-predator-drone-fired-on-qaddafi-convoy-official-says.html

[4] Did Iran Just Retaliate For Stuxnet? Computer Virus Infects US Predator Drone System: http://www.prisonplanet.com/did-iran-just-retaliate-for-stuxnet-computer-virus-infects-us-predator-drone-system.html

[5] Predator and Prey: http://www.prisonplanet.com/predator-and-prey.html

[6] Senator Rand Paul’s Bill to Protect Citizens From Drone Surveillance: http://www.prisonplanet.com/senator-rand-paul%e2%80%99s-bill-to-protect-citizens-from-drone-surveillance.html

[7] Obama Dispatches 100 US Troops To Niger To “Support Predator Drone Base”: http://www.prisonplanet.com/obama-dispatches-100-us-troops-to-niger-to-support-predator-drone-base.html

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