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Of course no amount of militarization of the domestic law enforcement will trouble some people.



Homeland Security assumes control of radar blimps

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YUMA — The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has assumed control of radar blimps used to monitor the U.S.-Mexico border.

Spokesman Bill Brooks of the Customs and Border Protection told the Yuma Sun that the department accepted the Aerostat system from the Air Force earlier this summer and will manage and maintain it for the foreseeable future.

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Well, if they ever put one in my city when the President isn't visiting then they will truly have reached rock bottom in their investigations. We are like Mayberry--just bigger and even more boring.
 

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Of course no amount of militarization of the domestic law enforcement will trouble some people.



Homeland Security assumes control of radar blimps

22 hours ago • Associated Press0
YUMA — The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has assumed control of radar blimps used to monitor the U.S.-Mexico border.

Spokesman Bill Brooks of the Customs and Border Protection told the Yuma Sun that the department accepted the Aerostat system from the Air Force earlier this summer and will manage and maintain it for the foreseeable future.

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Monte? Buddy. Militarization of domestic law enforcement? On some other example I may be with you in outrage, but radar? Cops use radar to detect the speed of vehicles. This radar is nothing more than a mobile platform to detect aircraft. No different than they have at any large airport, just mobile. Just because the US Air Force used to be tasked with maintenance and management, doesn't equate it to a militaristic item. If that were true, your toilet, your sink or your screwdriver in your house is also a military item.

Like I said, there are other examples (drones) that I would be with you on, and make your point better. Radar balloons are not something to be upset about.
 

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Of course no amount of militarization of the domestic law enforcement will trouble some people.



Homeland Security assumes control of radar blimps

22 hours ago • Associated Press0
YUMA — The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has assumed control of radar blimps used to monitor the U.S.-Mexico border.

Spokesman Bill Brooks of the Customs and Border Protection told the Yuma Sun that the department accepted the Aerostat system from the Air Force earlier this summer and will manage and maintain it for the foreseeable future.

Homeland Security assumes control of radar blimps : State
Border security and detecting smuggling using aircraft are hardly akin to placing jack booted troops in the town square. Radar is neither a weapon nor only for military use.
 

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"The idea behind persistent surveillance is to make a movie of a city-size area with the goal of tracking all the moving vehicles and people," says John Marion, director of Persistent Surveillance at Logos Technologies, the company that developed Kestrel. "Our engineers will tell you that it's easier to build the cameras than it is to program the software that tags and stitches the images together."

In field tests, Logos mounted Kestrel on a blimp. Kesterel's six cameras are complemented by another full motion camera with a narrower field of vision but higher resolution. If Kestrel sees something of interest, the other camera gets a tight, detailed picture. That's not all—other sensors can be married onboard to work together. For example, aerial cameras have been meshed with signals intelligence eavesdropping equipment to immediately record people using certain radios and cellular phones. Marion says Logos demonstrated such a system in Iraq in 2008. "We can correlate for any data that has a time and place attached to it," he says.

Read more: The Blimps Have Eyes - 24/7 Overhead Surveillance Is Coming - Popular Mechanics
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