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Offline Eckhart Tolle

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Texas Gov. Rick Perry says Predator drones should patrol Texas border

07:38 AM CST on Tuesday, February 9, 2010

By DIANNE SOLÍS / The Dallas Morning News

IRVING – Gov. Rick Perry tried to shore up his border security credentials Monday as he campaigned for re-election by calling for a Predator drone at the Texas-Mexico border and highlighting a transnational gang initiative.

Gov. Rick Perry, with state Rep. Jim Jackson, said the federal government has failed at sealing the Texas-Mexico border.

Perry, a Republican seeking his third full term as governor, said he has asked the Defense Department to deploy an unarmed drone to the Texas border to assist in border security and provide "real-time" data. "Why not fly them from Brownsville to El Paso?" Perry said in remarks at the Irving Police Association Hall.

Already, there are three Predator B, or unmanned aerial vehicles, in use at the Arizona border for remote-control surveillance of drug and migrant smuggling by U.S. customs and Border Patrol officers. The Predator B aircraft are similar to those used in Afghanistan, but U.S. border craft carry no weapons, said Juan Muñoz-Torres, a Border Patrol spokesman.

A fourth Predator aircraft is expected to arrive this summer and will be stationed in Corpus Christi.

Law enforcement officers are frequently "outgunned and understaffed and do not have resources" to do their jobs, Perry said. "The federal government has been an abject failure at sealing our international border."

Perry also emphasized his fight against transnational gangs linked to drug cartels through $225,000 law enforcement grants that have gone to Irving, Arlington, Garland and Fort Worth. A $500,000 grant was given to Dallas, Perry's staff said.

Perry's chief Republican opponent, Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, was quick to issue a news release criticizing Perry's border security initiatives, especially a border camera program that she called a "boondoggle" that led to few arrests.

The GOP primary is March 2.

Hutchison's staff said the senator has been tougher on immigration issues, proposing that the state Department of Public Safety adopt the 287(g) program and that the state use the E-Verify program to check all employees' Social Security numbers.

The 287(g) program, which allows local law enforcement to become certified as immigration agents, has been criticized by Hispanic groups who say it leads to racial profiling.

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Re: Texas Gov. Rick Perry says Predator drones should patrol Texas border
« Reply #1 on: February 09, 2010, 08:54:44 am »
They've already got drones in Houston, and who knows where else. This video is from the January 7th NBC news (I believe this was covered on infowars too):

This is a little unrelated but they mentioned the possibility of a Palin-Perry ticket in 2012 in a KHOU article written yesterday:

Palin supporters couldn’t help but speculate about her possible run or running mate.

“I think they make a great team,” Barbara Brehmer said referring to a Palin-Perry ticket. “Maybe that’s the way the team is going to make out.”


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Re: Texas Gov. Rick Perry says Predator drones should patrol Texas border
« Reply #2 on: February 09, 2010, 08:58:32 am »

This has been going on for sometime in San Diego area.

Plus, from Rome, NY drones have been spying on the Northern Border.

These drones are obviously for Americans.