Well it looks like the cat is out of the bag, or at least the Predator Drones are in domestic law enforcement. Police in North Dakota called in the troops and an Air Force Predator Drone MQ-9 Reaper to assist in survelliance of a farm that six cows had strayed onto.
The farm was owned by Rodney Brossart and Susan Brossart. The family had eight adult children living on their farm. It was reported by the Nelson County Sheriff department that the family was known for being armed, dangerous and apparently anti-government. This time for the Brossart family their crime was not reporting stray cattle wandering onto their farm.
The Nelson County Sheriff Kelly Janke went onto the Brossart farm with a search warrant in hand to confiscate the cattle. Three of Rodney Brossart’s sons approached the Sheriff and were armed with guns. The sheriff left the farm and called in the big guns after that run in.
A $154 million dollar MQ-9 Predator B drone was brought in from Grand Forks Air Force Base where its primary duty was to patrol the US-Canada border. The operation is run the US Department Homeland Security and it has been said that these types of operations have become more common in sharing drones with local law enforcement.
The Predator drone monitored the situation on the ground at the Brossart family farm for nearly 16 hours in a standoff according to the Dailymail.co.uk. The officers watched thermal images from surveillance vans to wait until everyone on the farm had put down their weapons and the entire collection of State Highway Patrol, regional SWAT team, bomb squad, deputy sheriffs and ambulance stormed the farm and made the arrests.
AFter a thorough searching of the farm they found two shotguns, two rifles, a samurai sword and assorted bows as was reported by the Los Angeles Times. The whole family wasn’t arrested but five of them were with the daughter Abby, Brother Alex, the two armed brothers Thomas and Jacob and their father Rodney Brossart.
The Los Angeles Times did in depth reporting and analysis on how this Predator Drone spying in America has come about. It has been said that it really isn’t all that uncommon and that the government has just been mum on letting citizens know they’re being spied on. A retired Airforce general who oversees the Drones named Michael C. Kostelnik replied in an interview in the Los Angeles Times, “in many areas around the country, not only for federal operators, but also for state and local law enforcement and emergency responders in times of crisis.”
Two lessons of the day? Don’t let stray cows come onto your property or you might find drones spying on you. Drones are spying on America and you can’t do anything about it because the courts say anything you do out in the open can be lawfully watched by aerial surveillance.