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Increased Drones In U.S. Airspace & UFOs

From: Kathy Kasten <catraja.nul>
Date: Thu, 19 Jan 2012 18:36:15 +0000
Archived: Fri, 20 Jan 2012 11:14:58 -0500
Subject: Increased Drones In U.S. Airspace & UFOs


In light of the new provisions of the NDAA - allowing the
military to act as a domestic policing agency with the ability
to arrest an American citizen, hold them indefinitely in a
military compound, it will mean there will be more 'UFO'
activity which needs to be attributed to drone flights over
populated areas. And, who knows what other exotic aircraft
flights will be flying the skies to 'observe' American citizens.

Personal note: my friend and I were on our way to a lecture in
Tubac. We were followed by a Border Patrol drone for at least
10 minutes. I surmised it was because of the New York state
license plates on our car on an Arizona highway. Yes, through
the drone systems the operator was able to read the license
plates.

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SECRECY NEWS
from the FAS Project on Government Secrecy
Volume 2012, Issue No. 4

Secrecy News Blog:

http://www.fas.org/blog/secrecy/

January 19, 2012


Army Foresees Expanded Use Of Drones In U.S. Airspace

The Army issued a new directive last week to govern the growing
use of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) or "drones" within the
United States for training missions and for "domestic
operations."

"The Army's unmanned aircraft systems represent emerging
technology that requires access to the National Airspace
System," wrote Army Secretary John M. McHugh in a January 13
memorandum.

Towards that end, the Army produced a revised policy on UAS
operations to support "expanded UAS access to the National
Airspace System." A copy of the new policy was obtained by
Secrecy News. See Army Directive 2012-02, January 13, 2012.

Much of the Army's UAS activity will be devoted to UAS operator
training conducted at or near military facilities, the policy
indicates. But beyond such training activities, the military
also envisions a role for UAS in unspecified "domestic
operations" in civilian airspace, according to a 2007 Memorandum
of Agreement between the Department of Defense and the Federal
Aviation Administration, which regulates domestic air traffic.

The 2007 Memorandum, which is appended to the new Army
directive, was said to "allow, in accordance with applicable
law, increased access for DoD UAS into the elements of the NAS
[National Airspace System] outside of DoD-managed Restricted
Areas or Warning Areas."

The 2007 agreement was intended to "ensure DoD UAS assets have
NAS access for domestic operations, including the War on Terror
(WOT).... This guidance applies to all DoD UAS, whether operated
by Active, Reserve, National Guard, or other personnel."

A prior edition of the Army's "Unmanned Aircraft System Flight
Regulations," which will be updated to incorporate the latest
policy, can be found on the Federation of American Scientists
web site here.

The Electronic Frontier Foundation last week filed a Freedom of
Information Act lawsuit seeking information on domestic drone
operations.

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KK




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