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US flies drones in Mexican drug war, thoughts?

WASHINGTON – A U.S. official says the Obama administration is flying drones over Mexico to help gather intelligence for the southern neighbor's battle against drug traffickers.

The official said Wednesday that the flights of unmanned aerial vehicles are operated by the departments of Defense and Homeland Security. He spoke on condition of anonymity because of the political sensitivity of the issue.

The flights expand the U.S. role in the drug war, in which Americans already have been training Mexican soldiers and police as well as cooperating on other intelligence. More than 35,000 casualties have been reported since President Felipe Calderon launched a stepped-up offensive against the cartels in late 2006.


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sweet-a-kins

Asked by sweet-a-kins at 1:26 PM on Mar. 16, 2011 in Politics & Current Events

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  • Hmm what are your thoughts?

    I'll have to give it some thought..but off the cuff I have no issue with using drones. I wish they would expand their use in our wars.
    yourspecialkid

    Answer by yourspecialkid at 1:29 PM on Mar. 16, 2011

  • I don't see an issue as long s they aren't armed

    sweet-a-kins

    Comment by sweet-a-kins (original poster) at 1:37 PM on Mar. 16, 2011

  • Thoughts?  My thoughts are~ This is old news...  Texas was the last state to receive drones in 2010....  Prior to that all southern border states had some drone fly over activity. 

    grlygrlz2

    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 1:50 PM on Mar. 16, 2011

  • Op, since this is your topic/question, Please fill me in... What are the statistics on apprehensions from flying them over the border states? What are specific difference do they hope to accomplish by entering into Mexico?
    grlygrlz2

    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 1:52 PM on Mar. 16, 2011

  • Also, I read somewhere that That Obama and the Mexican leader have agreed to setting up counter narcotics "fusion" center... Curious? Is this another DHS sub group or part of an existing group? Does anyone have questions of redundancy, which can lead to communication disconnect between agencies/groups?
    grlygrlz2

    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 1:58 PM on Mar. 16, 2011

  • grly, its asserted in the OP...A U.S. official says the Obama administration is flying drones over Mexico to help gather intelligence for the southern neighbor's battle against drug traffickers.

    sweet-a-kins

    Comment by sweet-a-kins (original poster) at 2:10 PM on Mar. 16, 2011

  • Is this another DHS sub group or part of an existing group? Does anyone have questions of redundancy, which can lead to communication disconnect between agencies/groups?


    It didn't mention a sub group so I wouldn't know, it only ments HS but right now homeland security has LOTS of branches that are redundant

    sweet-a-kins

    Comment by sweet-a-kins (original poster) at 2:12 PM on Mar. 16, 2011

  • Good.
    Now if only we would secure our southern border...
    Mom2Just1Kiddo

    Answer by Mom2Just1Kiddo at 2:47 PM on Mar. 16, 2011

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    Good.
    Now if only we would secure our southern border...

    Just that one?

    sweet-a-kins

    Comment by sweet-a-kins (original poster) at 2:55 PM on Mar. 16, 2011

  • Just that one?

    +++++++
    Yes. Don't see many ranchers on the northern border getting killed by all those illegal Canadian drug runners. LOL
    Mom2Just1Kiddo

    Answer by Mom2Just1Kiddo at 3:02 PM on Mar. 16, 2011

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