Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Aerial drone will fly on Texas border soon, Napolitano says

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano told a Senate hearing Tuesday that an unmanned aerial drone will soon fly through Texas skies as drug-cartel violence continues to escalate on the U.S.-Mexico border. Texas is the last border state to receive a Predator drone, and Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, said the absence of one has hurt intelligence capabilities of federal, state and local law enforcement. Napolitano said Texas was the last Southwest border state to receive a drone because "Texas airspace is more crowded." Napolitano, under questioning by senators, said the timeline for placing a drone in Texas remains a decision for the Federal Aviation Administration. "The FAA now has to go in and carve out, as I understand it, space for the Predator," she said...more

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