Thursday, May 24, 2007

Unmanned drones secure U.S. borders

It seems the more I read about the U.S. Secure Border Initiative, the less I want to know.

In addition to the networks of towers with radar, video cameras and GPS tracking, Homeland Security will be patrolling sections of the Canadian border with unmanned drones. The Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), known as the MQ-9 Predator "B" or the "Reaper," is a significantly improved version of a variation of the MQ-1 Predator used by the U.S. Air Force in Afghanistan and Iraq. The first will be deployed along the border between North Dakota and Manitoba before the end of 2007.

While fewer than 10,000 people were detained for entering the U.S. illegally via Canada in 2004, U.S. officials are concerned about drug smuggling, terrorist risks and the smuggling of Asian migrants via the northern border.

"What we are looking to build is a virtual fence, a 21st-century virtual fence,"
U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff said.
In 1987, U.S. President Ronald Reagan stood at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin and admonished Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev to “tear down this wall”. Thirty years later, a virtual wall of surveillance is being constructed along the 49th parallel.


One Eyed View said...

I never knew Canadians posed such a huge threat to our national security. (sarcasm intended)

Sharon E. Herbert. said...

You need to watch "Canadian Bacon"

MuseinMeltdown said...

It seems to me that unmanned drones run america - bring back the humans I say.

Best wishes Shani

Sharon E. Herbert. said...

LOL - Good one, Shani!

Jaya said...

Security. Is it even possible to
have security in one's life (or
one's country) through OUTSIDE
measures like more protected
borders? Or is true security
something that comes from WITHIN
an individual, created by just
knowing, at all levels, that you
are safe. Does focusing on all
the POSSIBLE dangers (such as
all those marauding Canadians)
actually increase the likelihood
of then experiencing those very

Sharon E. Herbert. said...

You make a good point, Jaya. All of this investment in technology and resources to defend the border will certainly make a lot of people believe the threat is greater than it may actually be.