Dec 21, 2011

Border: More Predator drones fly U.S.-Mexico border

Washington Post: "There are now eight Predators flying for U.S. Customs and Border Protection — five, and soon to be six, along the southwest border. After a slow rollout that began in 2005, government drones are now patrolling most of the southern boundary, from Yuma, Ariz., to Brownsville, Tex.

Fans of the Predators say the $20 million aircraft are a perfect platform to keep an watchful eye on America’s rugged borders, but critics say the drones are expensive, invasive, finicky toys that have done little — compared to what ordinary Border Patrol agents do on the ground — to stem the flow of illegal crossers, drug smugglers or terrorists." read more

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