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8:35 am
Wed February 12, 2014

Lawmaker Seeks to Curb Civilian Drone Use

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For $200 you can go to an electronics store, buy a remote control helicopter, strap a camera to it and fly it over your neighbor’s property and peek through the windows. As Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer reports, now a state lawmaker wants to put a stop to all that.

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State Capitol News
8:40 am
Tue December 31, 2013

Arizona's Bid to Become a Drone Test Site Rejected

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The state’s bid to become a test site for unmanned drones was rejected today as federal officials picked six other proposals. Arizona Public Radio's Howard Fischer reports.

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4:04 pm
Fri October 12, 2012

Navajo To Use Drones To Monitor Crops

The Navajo Nation's farming enterprise plans to buy drones as early as next summer to help monitor its crops.

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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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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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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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