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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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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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On a serious note... Floppin, I know that you provided the link for this specific story, but you always seem to find the really good ones. Do you have a few sites that I can add to my daily browsing? Thanks in advance

Please quote this post, so that I'm alerted. I'm assuming that you'll follow up in your own thread which is why I didn't quote

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"Republican lawmakers demanding answers today after learning the Environmental Protection Agency has been using aerial spy drones for years to spy on cattle ranchers," Fox News Channel's Megyn Kelly told viewers. "These are the same drones we use to track down al-Qaida terrorists, flying over Nebraska and Iowa." Asked about the source of Kelly's report, a Fox spokeswoman declined to comment.

http://seattletimes....3_drones17.html

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This technology is only in its infancy but advancing rapidly.

The savings realized in the form of lives and money by eliminating humans from these vehicles will be a big game changer tactically and strategically. It will also significantly reduce taxpayer costs for military / police injuries, medical costs, death, disability and retirement benefits.

Once humans are only involved on the distant end of most high threat military and police force engagements, will the temptation for our political leadership to use them at the first hint of a disturbance become too tempting, knowing that the loss of friendly forces will be minimal or non-existent and the intimidation factor to the threat will be off the charts?

What kind of world would that be to live in?

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All of you walk by dozens of security cameras every day that can record your face, your license tag, etc. and don't even realize it.

I'm a little fuzzy on how the US is going to use drones to "threaten us" and your scary talk about how we've signed away our rights in the past few years would need to pass a court challenge or two before I consider it some kind of aggressive act against the population. As far as "the American public waking up to or government working against us"...well that consists of conspiracy theorists who certainly don't need drones to dream up how the man is after them, and Tea Party goofballs who will be fine once there's not a Democrat in the White House.

I know, I'm naive blah blah blah but I've had a pretty good record here calling out the bullshit.

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I wasn't aware that there were gov't owed, military controlled cameras that I passed by on a daily basis. Thanks for that handy info CWG!!

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Why have they decided to do exactly?

They need capabilities to launch and train drone pilots. I lived next door to a B-52 base for a long time but never spent much time thinking about how the Air Force could bomb me so easily.

Most drones don't even carry weapons. Like a lot of the posts around here, this consists of taking every bit of actual and conjectured evidence and putting in the absolute worst light possible, you know, like G5 does with everything having to do with Obama and gay people.

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