There are at least 63 active drone sites around the U.S, federal authorities have been forced to reveal following a landmark Freedom of Information lawsuit. The unmanned planes – some of which may have been designed to kill terror suspects – are being launched from locations in 20 states. Most of the active drones are deployed from military installations, enforcement agencies and border patrol teams, according to the Federal Aviation Authority.
Wait. I thought the President asked them to return that, no? Iran claimed Sunday that it had recovered data from an American spy drone that went down in Iran last year including that it was used to spy on Osama bin Laden’s house weeks before he was killed by U.S. forces. Iran also said it was building a copy of the surveillance aircraft.
A second US drone crash in just over a week is raising some very serious questions about our nation’s drone program, its effectiveness, and its reach. I’ve got two questions that immediately come to mind. 1) How many of these things do we have flying around out there; and 2) Why the Seychelles? While I know the answer to question number one will not be revealed any time soon; I can speculate about number two. If you’re like me, you probably had to ask yourself, where the hell is Seychelles? A simple Google Map search lands you here… Don’t get frustrated if you can’t see the place on the map. You’re going to have to zoom in. That took me a minute too. Zooming back out, I then noticed the relative proximity to Somalia and drew the conclusion that the drone must have been patrolling as part of our nation’s effort to combat piracy in that region. Sometimes the simplest explanation is also the most prudent choice. Sometimes it’s not. Pakistan and India are only about twice the distance from the island nation as Somalia. So, who knows?
Electronic Cyber Warfare Ambush? Iran exhibited the top-secret US stealth drone RQ-170 Sentinel captured on Sunday, Dec. 4. Its almost perfect condition confirmed Tehran’s claim that the UAV was downed by a cyber attack, meaning it was not shot down but brought in undamaged by an electronic warfare ambush.
It seems that in the wake of recent unexplained setbacks – also known as massive explosions that wiped at least one facility off the map and the seizure/capture/retrieval of an American “stealth drone” on Iranian soil – the Iranian regime has moved from paranoia to preparation. An order from Gen Mohammed Ali Jaafari, the commander of the guards, raised the operational readiness status of the country’s forces, initiating preparations for potential external strikes and covert attacks.