* Posts by Patrick S Lasswell

3 posts • joined 13 Aug 2007

US Customs gets kill-droids for Caribbean

Patrick S Lasswell

If that's what you need to get dates

It's nice that you're taking an interest in our law enforcement community. Sorry about your appearance issues, but you seem to have adjusted.

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Patrick S Lasswell

E, stop taking your epynonymous product

Using a Predator as a passenger aircraft is just silly. We have passenger jets for that. Given the media capacity to detect regular flights, we already have zero likelihood of detection.

In any case, why does CBP need a drone for this? Or are you just so angry that the whole thing makes you see red?

My experience with CBP officers is that they are honest law enforcement personnel who are trying to do a hard job with limited resources. Have you ever talked to a CBP officer?

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Patrick S Lasswell

CBP RoE Very Restrictive

I spent two weeks with the Customs and Border Patrol Air and Marine officers performing their duties earlier this summer, and their Rules of Engagement are not what you think they are. For instance, because of certain due process restrictions, they cannot delete drug smugglers with precision guided munitions...ever.

I can say that people decrying the use of aircraft and high performance maritime craft are utterly unclear on how big the US border is. Or perhaps they are unclear on how the horizon works. Spend some time trying to locate kayaks at night in open water and you'll find yourself looking for every tool you can get.

Here's the other thing, a lot of our critical infrastructure is right up near the border and on the coasts. If we aren't looking for smugglers, we cannot find terrorists. If you know a way to find bloody handed murderers before they strike without looking for them, please share it. Otherwise, let the people protecting the country do their jobs. They do pretty good, despite bureaucratic nightmares that would cross a BoFH's eyes.

http://www.cbp.gov/xp/cgov/newsroom/news_releases/

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