From: Kathy Kasten <catraja.nul> Date: Wed, 26 Oct 2011 18:46:16 +0000 Archived: Thu, 27 Oct 2011 10:10:03 -0400 Subject: Increase Of Drone Flights In USA The following citation is from Top Secret America, by Dana Priest and William Arkin, Washington Post reporters. It is from the chapter entitled One Nation, One Map, pages 115 - 117. I am posting this information because I think it impacts the number of ufo sightings that are reported. The chapter documents the duties of the newly created Northern Command, or NorthCom. This command center has taken over domestic surveillance duties. NORAD still monitors the rest of the world. NorthCom is located on the northern edge of the Colorado Springs Municipal Airport in the old Space Command building newly refurbished. The citation is from a weekly briefing at NorthCom: "At a briefing on national airspace, an FAA representative's flat, pilotlike intonation telegraphed _routine exercise in bureaucratic chair shuffling_, but to a more attentive ear, something astounding was revealed: a dramatic increase in unmanned aerial drones flying over the United States. The FAA representative described new procedures for managing access to American airspace, which is split into two categories-that owned by the military and that owned by the FAA for civilian aviation. Each entity needs permission to put anything in other's airspace. An elaborate set of rules and procedures for managing this potential conflict has evolved over time. As the use of drones has dramatically expanded overseas-for surveillance, targeted killings, and, recently, to transport supplies to isolated outposts-the number of drones in U.S. airspace has escalated, too. Domestic use of military drones is mostly for training drone operators and pilots, but the number are surprising: a printed map of the United States pasted on a cubicle wall in an operations egg (slang term given to a monitoring officer's desk space) anticipated thirteen different kinds of military unmanned aerial vehicles flying from ninety-four U.S. locations by 2016. The U.S. Customs and Border Patrol has its own Predator drones, used for border surveillance; the Coast Guard has some to keep a video eye on coastal waters; and NASA, together with other research and development agencies, fly drones for imagery collection and for trying out new advanced sensors, such as those that detect people and equipment under heavy tree cover. In May 2006, the FAA issued its first certificate of authorization for the military to fly Predator-type drones in U.S. civilian airspace in support of disaster response, an authorization that came after the agency had been denied their use, for safety reasons, in the aftermath of Katrina. That certificate was followed by comparable drone authorizations for Customs and Border Patrol and even limited authorization for Arizona law enforcement authorities; the Maricopa County sheriff's office even purchased its own drones after becoming convinced that using them would ultimately be cheaper than flying manned helicopters to asses accidents and hostage situations." The authors point out that so far none of the drones flying US skies are armed and that there has been only one problem with a rogue drone in August of 2010. My own sightings of proto-type drones being tested in the skies over southern Arizona is listed of a few different types. Some as large as civilian pleasure aircraft. I am not surprised by Peter Davenport's comments regarding an increase in reports to his UFO reporting center. KK Listen to 'Strange Days... Indeed' - The PodCast At: http://www.virtuallystrange.net/ufo/sdi/program/ These contents above are copyright of the author and UFO UpDates - Toronto. They may not be reproduced without the express permission of both parties and are intended for educational use only.
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