Hernan Rozemberg

Fronteras
5:08 pm
Thu July 5, 2012

Mixed Feelings On Border Drones: Boon To National Security, Threat To Privacy

The Unmanned Aircraft Systems Flight Test Center is operated by New Mexico State University. The Unmanned Aircraft Systems Flight Test Center is operated by New Mexico State University.
Image courtesy NMSU Physical Science Laboratory

It’s hard to find military or national security experts who are not supporters, if not all-out cheerleaders, for the use of high-tech surveillance systems to protect the nation’s borders.

The Department of Homeland Security just launched its tenth Predator B Unmanned Aerial System, commonly known as a drone, and now both northern and southern borders are covered.

Even though they cost $18 million apiece, many experts say they’re worth every penny.

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Fronteras
4:26 pm
Tue July 3, 2012

After Clamping Down On Land Border, Homeland Security Takes To The Sea

Homeland Security Marine Interdiction Agents prepare the boat to go out for a mission at Port Aransas, Texas.
Hernan Rozemberg

It’s dusk in the coastal town of Port Aransas. Jason Montgomery, John Wilhem and Grenade Fiedler jump on their boat, put life vests on and make final preparations. Unlike others heading out to the Gulf of Mexico for fishing or fun, this trio is on the clock.

They're the face of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on the water.

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Fronteras
3:29 pm
Tue July 3, 2012

Homeland Security Expands Use Of Drones On The Border

This is one of 10 Predator B drones that DHS uses to patrol the U.S.-Mexico border. It is based in Corpus Christi, Texas.
Hernan Rozemberg

The Department of Homeland Security has taken to the high skies for its latest high-tech border security program.

It has retooled the unmanned aerial vehicle, commonly known as a drone, an established military weapon. The drone has been turned into a new civilian, eyes-in-the-sky border protection instrument.

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