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The Air Force’s drone training program includes tracking American citizens

July 7, 2012

  When the National Defense Authorization Act and the FAA Reauthorization Act were signed into law by Barack Obama 30,000 unmanned drones were authorized to start patrolling the skies over American cities, the United States was deemed a battlefield in the war on terror, and the indefinite detention of American citizens without a warrant was signed into law.

    Now comes news that the Air Force is honing its tracking abilities by practicing on civilian vehicles right here in the United States:

Holloman sits on almost 60,000 acres of desert badlands, near jagged hills that are frosted with snow for several months of the year — a perfect training ground for pilots who will fly Predators and Reapers over the similarly hostile terrain of Afghanistan. When I visited the base earlier this year with a small group of reporters, we were taken into a command post where a large flat-screen television was broadcasting a video feed from a drone flying overhead. It took a few seconds to figure out exactly what we were looking at. A white S.U.V. traveling along a highway adjacent to the base came into the cross hairs in the center of the screen and was tracked as it headed south along the desert road. When the S.U.V. drove out of the picture, the drone began following another car.       

“Wait, you guys practice tracking enemies by using civilian cars?” a reporter asked. One Air Force officer responded that this was only a training mission, and then the group was quickly hustled out of the room.

  This seems harmless–unless of course a drone crashes during one of these training missions–because of course the Air Force must be properly trained on flying drones until you take into account an article I wrote on June 4th when we learned from a declassified memo that the Air Force was authorized to share any data collected during these training missions as long as they weren’t targeting a specific United States citizen. Even if the Air Force determines that the data they collected was non-collectible they can still turn it over to the proper authorities:

according to Article 9.6.1 they are allowed to collect data on United States citizens as long as they aren’t looking for specific information or targeting specific Americans. However Article 9.6.2 declares they may indeed conduct targeted surveillance on American citizens if it is authorized by the Secretary of Defense.

But wait, there’s more: Article states that if the Air Force determines after 90 days that the information it collected was not collectible it must be either purged or TRANFERRED. Where would this ill gotten information be transferred to? That question is answered in to either the Department of Defense or another agency which might find the information valuable.

  Now we have confirmation that the Air Force is indeed tracking some American citizens who just happen to be in the wrong place at the wrong time and while on its own this might not be alarming it does become much more troubling when a declassified internal memo confirms that the Air Force can turn in any information it just happens to gather on one of these training missions without probable cause and without a search warrant.

  When the Air Force was caught tracking American civilians the reporters were quickly removed from the room so they could no longer be privy to what was going on behind closed doors and this leads to one final question. What is the Air Force really training for: Are they simply training drone pilots for use in Afghanistan or are they preparing for a perpetual police surveillance state right here in America?

10 Comments leave one →
  1. July 7, 2012 8:53 pm

    Maybe I an paranoid but I don’t like what is going on. The FEMA camps, FENA is militarized, DHS is buying tonnes of ammunition, the NDAA, and now the drones. I wonder if their open border policy is in the hope that terrorists will enter the country and do something that will give them the excuse to militarize the entire country. At any rate this is not good , in my opinion.


    • July 8, 2012 6:35 am

      I don’t like it either and maybe I am just being paranoid as well but it does seem like the Obama regime is preparing for something big.


    • lou222 permalink
      July 10, 2012 3:35 pm

      No, Jim, you are not being paranoid! You are just more observant than the average American. The ones that actually have their eyes open are realizing what deep trouble we are in. If they can do what they are doing up to now, what else are they going to pull? No one wanted to believe our government could turn on us. How many people now are waking up to the harm coming their way? Who knows! Let’s hope we are in the majority, but I have a feeling we are not…like I said before, “How about those Cubs?” That seems to be what most people are concerned about, a damn game. I can assure you, this is NOT a game.


      • July 10, 2012 7:16 pm

        I honestly don’t want to believe our government is this corrupt and dishonest, but they have left me no choice with their actions. I do not trust the Obama regime in the least.
        I hope that more people are starting to pay attention to what is happening within our government but there will always be a section of the people more worried about how their favorite sports teams are doing than anything else.


  2. MTBirkmire permalink
    July 8, 2012 12:29 am

    this kind of covert tactics are already being practiced in family court, all they had to do was keep expanding their power. However, I can’t tell you how much better I feel knowing our LORD is in charge and not man. I found a website that a retired marine teaches the bible and is non denominational, Pastor Arnold Murray at Alot of prophecy is happening before our very eyes because we’re the final generation.


  3. LD Jackson permalink
    July 8, 2012 7:00 am

    This certainly sets a dangerous precedent. As with many things our government does, they are starting out small, but who knows where this will lead.


    • July 8, 2012 8:40 pm

      That’s right Larry, the programs always grow once they are implemented.They never shrink.


  4. bunkerville permalink
    July 8, 2012 6:41 pm

    And I read that some college kids managed to take over a done and control it. Now lets give them to a couple of muslims and land with some dirty material. All hell will break lose, but my guess that is what they want. Just before the election. Just like they did with Fast and furious. Put me down as a wacko, I dont care. I am sick of them.


    • July 8, 2012 8:44 pm

      I read somewhere as well that these drones could be easily taken control of by terrorists, now that’s a comforting thought isn’t it?



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