Wednesday, February 22, 2012

U.S. Drones in Syria, also in U.S.

Earlier this week, Jim Miklaszewski at NBC news broke the story that "a good number" of unmanned U.S. military and intelligence aircraft are operating in Syrian airspace, according to unnamed Defense officials. These sources tell Miklaszewski that the drones are being used for surveillance purposes, as "the Obama administration hopes to use the overhead visual evidence and intercepts of Syrian government and military communications in an effort to make the case for a widespread international response."

In other drone related news, a Predator drone was used by a Nelson County, North Dakota police force to help make an arrest last December. The story is that Sherriff Kelly Janke, armed with a warrant, went looking for missing cows on a farm, but was chased away by a group of armed men.  And so the next-morning he called in the predator drones to help find the men on the 3,000 acre farm.  It was the first time police had arrested US citizens with help from a drone.

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