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 Tue 24 Apr 2012, 7:06 am
 
 
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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2134376/Is-drone-neighbourhood-Rise-killer-spy-planes-exposed-FAA-forced-reveal-63-launch-sites-U-S.html

There are at least 63 active drone
sites around the U.S, federal authorities have been forced to reveal
following a landmark Freedom of Information lawsuit.
The
unmanned planes – some of which may have been designed to kill terror
suspects – are being launched from locations in 20 states.
Most
of the active drones are deployed from military installations,
enforcement agencies and border patrol teams, according to the Federal
Aviation Authority.






Exposed: Location of sites where licences have
been granted for the use of drones within the U.S. There are 63 active
sites based in 20 states. Red flags show active sites and blue show
those locations where licences have expired since 2006

But, astonishingly, 19 universities
and colleges are also registered as owners of what are officially known
as unmanned aerial vehicles.
It
is thought that many of institutions, which include Cornell, the
University of Colorado, Georgia Tech, and Eastern Gateway Community
College, are developing drone technology.
There are also 21 mainstream manufactures, such as General Atomics, who are registered to use drones domestically.
As
well as active locations, the FAA also revealed 16 sites where licences
to use spy planes have expired and four where authorisations have been
disapproved, such as Otter Tail County, Minnesota.




Unusual: The University of Connecticut - one of
19 educational institutions to own spy planes - is the drone site
closest to New York City. The North East is the region with the highest
concentration






Concentration: The Beltway around Washington DC
has the highest concentration of urban and suburban drone sites,
including the U.S. Marine Corp base as Quantico Station, Virginia

The authority revealed the information after a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit by Electronic Frontier Foundation.

Its website hosts an interactive map
that allows the user to zoom in to the area around where they live to
see if any sites are nearby.
However, the FAA is yet to reveal what kinds of drones might be based at any of these locations.
The agency says it will release this data later.
Most of the drones are likely to be small craft, such as the Draganflyer X8, which can carry a payload of only 2.2lb.
Police,
border patrols and environmental agencies, such as the National Oceanic
and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), could use for them effectively.
While
few would object to vast open areas being monitored for wildfires,
there are fears of privacy violations if drones are used to spy over
cities.




Florida: Mostly police and Sheriff departments are registered to use drones in the state




Watch out Canada! Border agents are registered to use drone in North Dakota, just a few hundred miles from Winnipeg, Manitoba




Remote: The University of Alaska's drones are
the most distant from any major urban centres. They are, however, the
closest to Russia




Hotspot: Texas has one of the highest number of drone sites




West Coast: There are comparatively few drone sites in California and Western states

Other drones – likely to be operated
only by the armed forces – might include the MQ-9 Reaper and the MQ-1
Predator, which was used to kill American Al Qaeda boss Anwar al-Awlaki
in Yemen last September.
The FAA released two lists of public and private entities that have applied for authorisations to fly drones domestically.
Certificates
of Authorizations (COAs), issued to public entities like police
departments, are active in 42 locations, expired in 16 and disapproved
in four.
Special
Airworthiness Certificates (SACs), issued to private drone
manufacturers, are active in 21 locations and not active in 17.
Among the other unanswered questions, however, are is exactly how many drones each registered user owns.





Killer: Some of the drones owned by the military might be the MQ-9 Reaper, which has been used to target terrorists overseas






Watching you: Most of the drones are likely to
be small craft, such as the Draganflyer X8, which can carry a payload of
only 2.2lb. Police, border patrols and environmental agencies, such as
the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), could use
for them effectively

The FAA has confirmed that there were
about 300 active COAs and that the agency has issued about 700-750
authorizations since the program began in 2006.
But this information does not reveal how many are owned, for example, by Miami Dade Police Department.
While the use of drones in the U.S. is little known, American operations overseas have been well documented.
As
well as high-profile terrorists, campaigners claim hundreds of innocent
civilians have been killed in the border regions of Pakistan, where
they are most active.




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get your thumb out of your ass grem. im linking to the daily fail here.


is it me, or are we referring to the US instead of USA a lot more now?
Also, drones.

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Do you feel safe yet?

It must be gratifying knowing that your government is going to such lengths to protect you from the boogeyman.

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dubmeup wrote:
Do you feel safe yet?

It must be gratifying knowing that your government is going to such lengths to protect you from the boogeyman.

We'll be next.

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psketti wrote:
dubmeup wrote:
Do you feel safe yet?

It must be gratifying knowing that your government is going to such lengths to protect you from the boogeyman.

We'll be next.

They already use them mini drones over here don't they.

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dubmeup wrote:
psketti wrote:
dubmeup wrote:
Do you feel safe yet?

It must be gratifying knowing that your government is going to such lengths to protect you from the boogeyman.

We'll be next.

They already use them mini drones over here don't they.

Yes. They do.

I meant this site though ... sorry

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psketti wrote:
dubmeup wrote:
psketti wrote:
dubmeup wrote:
Do you feel safe yet?

It must be gratifying knowing that your government is going to such lengths to protect you from the boogeyman.

We'll be next.

They already use them mini drones over here don't they.

Yes. They do.

I meant this site though ... sorry


Haha If sean is reading this, think about Iran, we have the same tech and will deconstruct your drones and post the parts on youtube Very Happy

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