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Strange: Since when were aerial drones needed over Manitoba-North Dakota border?

 
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Strange: Since when were aerial drones needed over Manitoba-North Dakota border?
And starting in January no less?

Hmm...

Aerial drone set to patrol Manitoba-North Dakota border

After two failed tries, an unarmed, unmanned aircraft expected to be the first to patrol the U.S.-Canada border has completed a flight from Arizona to North Dakota.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials said the Predator B drone touched down Saturday at the Grand Forks Air Force Base after a six-hour flight from Libby Army Airfield in Sierra Vista, Ariz.

"The aviators all brag about the perfect landing," said Michael Corcoran, deputy director for air operations at U.S. Customs and Border Protection's Air and Marine office in Grand Forks. "I guess we'll brag about this one, as well," he said.

The drone is to be deployed along the Canada-U.S. border in January, with flights originating from the Grand Forks base.

Officials were waiting for clearance on air space before deciding on a schedule, Corcoran said.

An earlier flight on Thursday was cancelled because of maintenance problems, and a flight Friday was aborted because of poor weather.

The Predator weighs 4.5 tonnes, has a 20-metre wingspan and can fly undetected as high as 15,240 metres. It can fly for 28 hours at a time, and will be equipped with sensors and radar.

The drone has been in use along the southern border with Mexico since 2005.
Vital to protect borders, senator says

Senator Kent Conrad, a North Dakota Democrat, said the state's congressional delegation had been working for four years to get the unmanned aircraft to North Dakota.

"It is vital to America's security that we protect our borders, particularly the northern border," Conrad said. "The Grand Forks Air Branch plays an essential role in helping shut the door on terrorists who want to sneak across remote border points to strike on U.S. soil."

Along the entire Canada-U.S. border, United States Customs and Border Protection agents make about 4,000 arrests and intercept about 18 tonnes of illegal drugs each year, officials say.

It is expected the flights from Grand Forks will patrol a 500-kilometre stretch of border between Manitoba, North Dakota and Minnesota.

Some experts have questioned the safety of unmanned planes.

In 2006, a Predator patrolling the southern border crashed near Nogales, Ariz. No one was hurt and no property was damaged, but the plane narrowly missed a house.

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12/10/2008 12:24 AM
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Re: Strange: Since when were aerial drones needed over Manitoba-North Dakota border?
Well.. lesseee,

The border doesn't need policing from Canadians trying to illegally head south...

Must be for Americans trying to head north...(!) Will a draft be instated???

The only terrorists I know of, wage illegal wars and torture people ...(scratching head..)
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12/10/2008 12:28 AM
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Re: Strange: Since when were aerial drones needed over Manitoba-North Dakota border?
Because it is a nice big easy border with a nice compliant but small popoulation.

A good place to test it out.

Duh.
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12/10/2008 12:34 AM
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Re: Strange: Since when were aerial drones needed over Manitoba-North Dakota border?
an unarmed, unmanned aircraft
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12/10/2008 12:37 AM
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Re: Strange: Since when were aerial drones needed over Manitoba-North Dakota border?
Does a real good job doesn't it?

What a piece of junk to waste tax payer money over, it doesn't even secure the Mexican border since 2005, that's three years!

After that's all spent, what the next thing to waste taxpayer money on?

Bad example or maybe the whole article was made to get someone like me inflamed over the whole idea.
The drone has been in use along the southern border with Mexico since 2005.
Vital to protect borders, senator says



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12/10/2008 12:41 AM
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Re: Strange: Since when were aerial drones needed over Manitoba-North Dakota border?
Look you dumbasses...you could have a small army cross through the northwest stretch of that border in the summer time.

Undetected.

It makes nothing but sense to have some eyes in the sky on that border.
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12/10/2008 12:44 AM
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Re: Strange: Since when were aerial drones needed over Manitoba-North Dakota border?
Who's worried about a small army?

There are huge ARMIES coming over the southern border in broad daylight, dumb ass.

Has been for over eight years.

Who needs drones, I can see the armies moving right here in my town with my own eyes?!
Look you dumbasses...you could have a small army cross through the northwest stretch of that border in the summer time.

Undetected.

It makes nothing but sense to have some eyes in the sky on that border.
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12/10/2008 12:47 AM
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Re: Strange: Since when were aerial drones needed over Manitoba-North Dakota border?
LOL One real problem is a heavy Pakistani population in Canada.

Might be for that.

Then you have sneaky Eskimos. I can see them invading Northern Minnesota on an armed fleet of skidoos.

They are just waiting for the snow to get deep enough and then the invasion will begin.
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12/10/2008 01:09 AM
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Re: Strange: Since when were aerial drones needed over Manitoba-North Dakota border?
Guess these are just biding time until the High Altitude Airships replace them. Can someone tell me how small a 275ft long craft appears to be from the ground when it is 12 miles up?
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Re: Strange: Since when were aerial drones needed over Manitoba-North Dakota border?
Who's worried about a small army?

There are huge ARMIES coming over the southern border in broad daylight, dumb ass.

Has been for over eight years.

Who needs drones, I can see the armies moving right here in my town with my own eyes?!
Look you dumbasses...you could have a small army cross through the northwest stretch of that border in the summer time.

Undetected.

It makes nothing but sense to have some eyes in the sky on that border.

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laugh PWNED!!!! Good job.

Damn NAZI fucker.
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12/10/2008 01:19 AM
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Re: Strange: Since when were aerial drones needed over Manitoba-North Dakota border?
Who's worried about a small army?

There are huge ARMIES coming over the southern border in broad daylight, dumb ass.

Has been for over eight years.

Who needs drones, I can see the armies moving right here in my town with my own eyes?!
Look you dumbasses...you could have a small army cross through the northwest stretch of that border in the summer time.

Undetected.

It makes nothing but sense to have some eyes in the sky on that border.

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You're in a desert, sisterfucker. You can see everything under the sun there.

Ever been in the the deep dark forests of the PNW, where the sun doesn't show itself for months, even in May and June?

And by the way dickless, there are not 'HUGE' armies coming over the border in broad daylight.

If there were, why haven't you sounded the alarm, traitor?
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12/10/2008 01:40 AM
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Re: Strange: Since when were aerial drones needed over Manitoba-North Dakota border?
bump

for any other colon hats who want to take me on in this thread.

TPTB want you to keep your small little views of the world.

It's what they are counting on.
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12/10/2008 01:47 AM
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Re: Strange: Since when were aerial drones needed over Manitoba-North Dakota border?
I don't get it. We have NORTHCOM to protect Canada, USA, and Mexico, but we need drones to patrol the Manitoba-ND border?

Seems to me they are using the drones pretty much like they are being used down along the southern border...as drug trafficking surveillance. I guess they gotta keep their routes open and clear?
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Re: Strange: Since when were aerial drones needed over Manitoba-North Dakota border?
Looking for Obama...err.., I mean Osama...
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12/10/2008 03:45 AM
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Re: Strange: Since when were aerial drones needed over Manitoba-North Dakota border?
Maybe they think that Bin Laden is hiding in a Hutterite colony, What with the beard and all. Someone reported seeing Bin Laden in Steinbach, Manitoba, but it was Ben Loewen.
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12/10/2008 03:56 AM
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Re: Strange: Since when were aerial drones needed over Manitoba-North Dakota border?
Yeah you really told me, didn't you?

I'm a traitor because I believe in sovereign borders?

Got news for ya bud, I'm not the one with a small world view. Politicians, and people like yourself have small world views when you can't, or refuse to see the big world view.

That's called short sightedness.

It's understandable that people like jobs in their own countries and like to eat, and usually don't want to give that up because hunger hurts.

Yeah, you really told me!

Way to go.
bump

for any other colon hats who want to take me on in this thread.

TPTB want you to keep your small little views of the world.

It's what they are counting on.
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12/10/2008 04:24 AM
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Re: Strange: Since when were aerial drones needed over Manitoba-North Dakota border?
Guess these are just biding time until the High Altitude Airships replace them. Can someone tell me how small a 275ft long craft appears to be from the ground when it is 12 miles up?
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Flying prototype test is due in Jan of 2009.
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12/10/2008 04:33 AM
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Re: Strange: Since when were aerial drones needed over Manitoba-North Dakota border?
Guess these are just biding time until the High Altitude Airships replace them. Can someone tell me how small a 275ft long craft appears to be from the ground when it is 12 miles up?

Flying prototype test is due in Jan of 2009.
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I know the tethered types are mighty difficult to spot unless you know what's up.
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Re: Strange: Since when were aerial drones needed over Manitoba-North Dakota border?
Look you dumbasses...you could have a small army cross through the northwest stretch of that border in the summer time.

Undetected.

It makes nothing but sense to have some eyes in the sky on that border.
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The only thing we have to worry about are wierdo gun-toting Americans coming up here via that border. No Canadian in their right mind is trying to "sneak into the USA", or whatever.

That doesn't mean that I want that fucking drone up there though. Drones can fuck off.





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