This is coolbert:
This story gets your attention right away? Thanks to the Chicago Tribune from only today:
"Police employ Predator drone spy planes on home front"
"Unmanned aircraft from an Air Force base in North Dakota help local police with surveillance, raising questions that trouble privacy advocates."
A drone UAV, Predator version, as owned and operated by the U.S. Border Patrol, in this particular instance assisting in the apprehension of persons suspected of CATTLE RUSTLING!
That Border Patrol not military but quasi-military, understood as NOT part of the Armed forces of the United States but rather LAW ENFORCEMENT!
"The drones belong to U.S. Customs and Border Protection"
This episode raising questions in the minds of some [how many is some?] as to the legality of such measures. Drone spy-in-the-sky on-call when needed by LOCAL law enforcement provided by federal authorities said by some [again, how many is some?] to be in violation or possible violation of the Posse Comitatus Act!
Imagery from military space satellites banned for internal American law enforcement and terrorist investigations already. These drones however not under the control of the military!
"In 2008 and 2010, Harman [Jane D-CA] helped beat back efforts by Homeland Security officials to use imagery from military satellites to help domestic terrorism investigations. Congress blocked the proposal on grounds it would violate the Posse Comitatus Act, which bars the military from taking a police role on U.S. soil"
Posse Comitatus not allowing for the U.S. military to involve itself in local law enforcement - - an act dating from 1876 and felt by some [again the use of that word some!] to be anachronistic!
The six missing cows being recovered, those in pursuit following the ancient lineage of the military man, the man-at-arms on horseback or foot, trained in the use of a variety of weapons and fighting techniques, guarding the cattle of the lord or noble the highest priority!
That man-at-arms now equipped with the latest technology to include unmanned UAV with the most up-to-date surveillance cameras!
A violation too of Posse Comitatus? I think not but then some will disagree!