Border Patrol ( Surveillance ) Drones (CBC The Current )

Posted on Tuesday, April 22 at 11:57 by Janet M Eaton

 

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Border Patrol Drones

On April 21, 2008, Prime Minister Stephen Harper, U.S. President

George Bush and Mexican President Felipe Calderone got together for

the North American Leaders Summit in New Orleans. And one thing

that's sure to be on the agenda is border security, especially since

the first unmanned American surveillance drone is set to begin

hovering over the Canada-U.S. border sometime in the spring of 2008.

The drones are already on patrol on the US-Mexico border, and

American officials say the Predators have helped them catch thousands

of illegal immigrants.

Although the plan to bring this kind of high tech surveillance to the

Canada-U.S. border has privacy activists deeply worried, it's

something US Customs believes strongly in.

Douglas Koupash is the Executive Director of Mission Support in the

U.S. Customs and Border Protection's Office of Air and Marine, and he

spoke to us from Washington.

Border Patrol Drones - Balancing Security and Privacy

Not everyone in the United States thinks this surveillance technology

is quite so benign. Barry Steinhardt, the Director of the Technology

and Liberty Program with the American Civil Liberties Union, is one

of them.

And for his perspective on balancing security and privacy, we were

joined from Montreal by Stephane Leman-Langlois, a professor at the

school of criminology at the University of Montreal. He focuses much

of his research on terrorism, security and surveillance.

Listen to Part One:

 

http://www.cbc.ca/thecurrent/2008/200804/20080421.html

Part 1 CBC Radio The Current - April 21, 2008

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  1. Mon Apr 21, 2008 11:37 pm
    Yikes, that's not scary at all. What are they looking for, anyway? Not exactly tonnes of Canadian illegal immigrants streaming into the US. Are they looking for Americans trying to get out? Or just trying to keep BC pot out? Seems more than a bit paranoid to me, regardless.

  2. by RPW
    Tue Apr 22, 2008 8:55 pm

    Or just trying to keep BC pot out?
    Naw! Just keeping account of the stuff, to make sure the payoffs are correct...............

  3. Wed Apr 23, 2008 4:36 am
    Prudence or paranoia? The possibility of a motivated, highly trained agent(s) of an unfriendly ME country infiltrating is the major concern. So far all that have been deployed are insane, idiots---even the 911 perps fit that profile.
    I am currently leaning towards paranoia. I think a successful agent will more likely come in through Mexico or Kennedy complete with VISA.

    Al Qaida etc has an extensive network/setup in the Paraguay/Argentina/Brazil triangle. It is extensively engaged in illegal drug smuggling and has the resources to infiltrate the US/Mexican border easily.

  4. Wed Apr 23, 2008 6:28 pm
    On the Canadian side, they're looking for an organized invasion of Polar Bears a/k/a The Polar Possy.

  5. by RPW
    Wed Apr 23, 2008 11:15 pm
    "sasquatch2" said
    Al Qaida etc has an extensive network/setup in the Paraguay/Argentina/Brazil triangle. It is extensively engaged in illegal drug smuggling and has the resources to infiltrate the US/Mexican border easily.
    A telling reason for legalisation, n'est pas?



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