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66 Drone Bases in the US revealed, with 22 more in construction : Interactive map

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The US military operated 66 bases for unmanned drone aircraft on American soil and has 22 more planned across the country.

A new map released by Public Intelligence, a nonprofit group dedicated publishing public government data, reveals the ever-growing footprint of the Department of Defense's newest weapon.

The bases span the entire country -- 33 states either have a base already or are slated to have one.

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The bases house mostly smaller spy drones like the RQ-7 Shadow, the RQ-11 Raven and the Wasp III, which has a wingspan of less than two and a half feet.

Six of the bases are home to the larger Predator and Reaper drove, which can carry missiles.

Public Intelligence cobbled together its map of military bases from a host of public documents, including a 2011 US Air Force presentation on the subject.

Despite how extensive the list is, it might not even be complete, the group's Michael Haynes told Wired.

'It is very likely that there are more domestic drone activities not included in the map, but it is designed to provide an approximate overview of the widespread nature of Department of Defense activities throughout the US,' he said.

The list also doesn't include any domestic agencies that are using drones.

In April, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, another advocacy group, released a list of universities, local police departments and federal departments that have received permits to fly drones in the United States.

The military is prohibited from using the drones to spy on Americans in the US. However, Wired reports that if the Air Force 'accidentally' records Americans while spy drones are making training flights, it can keep the surveillance footage for up to 90 days -- and use it as intelligence data.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2159615/March-drones-Map-reveals-66-military-bases-unmanned-aircraft-American-soil--22-way.html

"Accidents" do happen after all.

Interactive map in the linked article.

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Sounds about right.

Suspect the caveat at the end about keeping surveillance footage is more about not having to deal with frivolous lawsuits for inadvertently filming civilians but it is a large loop hole that someone could drive a Mack Truck through if they were less than ethical.

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ya know, manned planes have had the capability to carry cameras for quite a while now too and they have bases everywhere.

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How are we going to teach kids to fly when they can't even fit inside the planes!!!!!

seriously CWG...that's the best counter you've got?

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This is a dictatorship, and now we are the enemy. These people are Hellbent on starting WW3, and they are going to do everything in their power to make sure that we cant stop them.

Yes, there are surveilance capabilities that give this operation a false cover... But those of us that are awakened, already know that these drones are going to be used to kill us if we try to take our government back.

Our freedoms are gone folks. They know that when the masses wake up and discover how evil these people are, that we will want to fight... but, they seem to be 3 steps ahead since most Americans refuse to wake up.

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This used to be the the country that had more freedoms than any country in the world. Look how fast things can change...

Now, after only 11 years, I argue that we are probably near the bottom of the list.

Cant even go outside without wondering if a death machine is going to malfunction and kill you.

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So cwg where's that reasonable expectation of privacy at?

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I'm not defending anything, I'm just trying to impress among you fine folks that if the goverment was hell bent on following you they didn't have to wait for drones.

I'm glad there are a lot of people who are keeping this topic in conversation but so far all this sounds pretty mundane.

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