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UAVs To Patrol the Michigan-Ontario Canada Border

by John M. White |

The US Border Patrol has announced that it will use Predator Drone Unmanned Aerial Vehicles to patrol the border between Michigan and Ontario, Canada.  The aircraft are rumored to be based in Alpena, MI, but a start date has not yet been set.Click on image to enlarge My best advice - be careful around the border between the US and Canada, particularly if you are a hunter.  If you are, you may find yourself the hunted rather than the hunter. However, this is not new for the US.  Since 2005 the US has used Predator drones to patrol our southern border, while others have been based out of North Dakota to patrol along that border with Canada. The $10.5 million Predator aircraft, which flies at 19,000 fleet, carries no weapons, but it has an awesome camera that can spot a person crossing the border from 25 miles away, said Juan Munoz-Torres, a spokesman for U.S. Customs and Border Protection. It appears that the deployment of Predators to the northern US border has caught the attention of more Canadians than Americans.  Apparently the Canadians are nervous about the activity along the border of the US and Canada. One Canadian citizen told the Detroit Free Press that “My home on Wolfe Island, Ontario, is less than 10 miles from the New York border. A Predator B drone on the south bank of the St. Lawrence River would have me under constant surveillance. I would regard that as an invasion of my civil liberties. Jeez, we leave Iraq and bring those weapons here.  I feel safer already. Until next time keep your wings straight and level Hersch! JetAviator7

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