Protecting Baltimore from a nuclear attack. DHS officials will conduct tests this week that could save lives and they’ll be done from a helicopter flying extremely low over the city. (This is just another excuse by our gov’t to spy on citizens)
Officials will test for radiation so they can respond more quickly in case of a nuclear or dirty bomb attack.
Eyes to the sky will notice an unusual sight over Baltimore: a massive helicopter flying low overhead.
The chopper–a tool from the National Nuclear Security Administration–has sensors that test for naturally occurring radiation.
“If sometime in the future you have a reason to be looking for something radiological, it’s very necessary to have the original background,” said Joseph Krol, National Nuclear Security Administration.
The chopper will take readings from the air to measure radiation levels on the ground. So if there’s ever a dirty bomb threat in Baltimore, DHS will be able to take to the sky and pinpoint exact communities where radiation levels are abnormal. Then officials on foot may be able to find the bomb more quickly. (DHS is using the threat of terrorism to spy on citizens, WAKE UP AMERICA!)
Similar testing has already been done in Washington, D.C. and on the West Coast with that helicopter flying as low as 150 feet from the ground.
“That is low. That’s like 10 stories on a normal building so that’s not very high at all,” said Captain Jeff Long.
Customs & Border Protection loaned predator drones to other agencies 700 times in 3 years:
Customs & Border Protection recently “discovered” additional daily flight logs that show the agency has flown its drones on behalf of local, state and federal law enforcement agencies on 200 more occasions more than previously released records indicated.
Based on daily flight log records CBP made available to us in response to our Freedom of Information Act lawsuit, that CBP logged an eight-fold increase in the drone surveillance it conducts for other agencies. These agencies included a diverse group of local, state, and federal law enforcement—ranging from the FBI, ICE, the US Marshals, and the Coast Guard to the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Investigation, the North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation, the North Dakota Army National Guard, and the Texas Department of Public Safety.
CBP stated that these flight logs and a list of agencies it later prepared based on those logs represented all the missions the agency flew on behalf of non-CBP agencies. Yet after EFF and CBP briefed the remaining issues in the case in our Cross Motions for Summary Judgment and on the eve of the pivotal court hearing on those motions in December 2013, CBP announced it “discovered that it did not release all entries from the daily reports for 2010-2012” responsive to EFF’s FOIA request.
Not only do these new flight logs and the accompanying new list of agencies show a striking increase in the overall number of flights (700 versus 500), they also reveal a sharp increase in the number of flights for certain federal agencies like ICE (53 more flights than previously revealed) and the Drug Enforcement Agency (20 more flights). And they also reveal CBP flew 32 additional times on behalf of state and local agencies—including previously undisclosed law enforcement like the Arizona Department of Public Safety and the Minnesota Drug Task Force.
Unfortunately, CBP continues to withhold the names of many of these state and local agencies,arguing that revealing them would somehow impede ongoing investigations. However, as we pointed out in our summary judgment brief, disclosing that CBP was working with, for example, the Pima County, Ariz. Sheriff’s Department would not be specific enough to affect any particular criminal operation. It would hardly be surprising that CBP was working with Pima County because it shares a border with Mexico. It is also—at 9,200 square miles—one of the larger counties in Arizona and has one of the highest crime rates of any county in the country—a rate of 4,983 crimes per 100,000 people. Given the large geographic size of and crime rate in this county and others like it, it is hard to imagine that releasing information about which county sheriff’s department CBP is working with would enable suspected criminals in the area to link CBP’s drone surveillance to their particular criminal activity.
The newly-released records reveal other surprising facts, including that CBP was using its sophisticated VADER surveillance system much more frequently than previously thought and was using it for other agencies. This sensor, also known as Vehicle and Dismount Exploitation Radar, was initially developed for use in the Afghanistan War and can detect the presence of people from as high as 25,000 feet. CBP has used this sensor in its surveillance operations since 2011 and used it at least 30 times for other agencies in 2012. The records CBP previously released to EFF contained no specific mention of VADER technology. As noted by the Center for Investigative Reporting, the system has several limitations—not the least of which is that “it can’t tell the difference between a U.S. citizen and noncitizen.”