Predator Drones have proven not to be worth the cost in their ability to curb contraband, drug traffic, and illegal alien activity.
Nearly two years after Predator B drones were deployed along the Texas/Mexico international border, the unmanned surveillance aircraft have proven to be, well, not worth it. The drones were intended to augment the presence of border agents and physical barriers such as some 700 miles of intermittent border fencing along the Rio Grande River. The Hill reported on June 10, 2010 that setting up a single drone in Corpus Christi, Texas (on the Gulf Coast), would have an estimated cost of between $20 and $80 million to focus on the Texas border alone. (...)
Los Angeles Times for April 30, 2012 “Mixed results show a glaring problem for Homeland Security officials who have spent six years and more than $250 million building the nation's largest fleet of domestic surveillance drones. The nine Predators that help police America's borders have yet to be very useful in stopping contraband or illegal immigrants.”
- The John Birch Society
By: Kelly Holt 05/01/2012