I wonder if they'll catch more than the minutemen?
If they catch 1, I think they'll beat the minutemen
Post details: MCDC Patrols along the northern border
GREAT FALLS, Mont. - Blackhawk helicopters and interceptor jets have begun patrolling Montana airspace along the U.S.-Canada border, and American officials say unmanned drones could be deployed as early as next year.
But the U.S. is playing down the new security measure, claiming it has little to do with Canadians but more to do with the threat of terrorists using Canada as a staging point for attacks in America.
And they say that as long as the terrorist threat exists, border security will continue to be a high priority.
On Monday, the U.S Department of Homeland Security officially opened its Customs and Border Protection air facility in Great Falls, Mont. - the third of five air wings to be set up along the Canada-U.S. border.
Equipped with two Blackhawk helicopters, two Citation jet interceptors and one Pilatus surveillance plane, the detachment is responsible for 800 kilometres of land border with Canada. Similar facilities are up and running in Bellingham, Wash., and Plattsburg, N.Y. Two more are planned, in Detroit and Grand Forks, N.D.
"You have to have some visibility of physical support, and I think our enemies have to understand that, too,'' said Senator Conrad Burns, one of Montana's two Republican senators. "We have real eyes, real ears, in our effort to protect the integrity of our border.''
The air wing, which employs 52 people, will fight drug smuggling, human trafficking and gun running, and could also help in rescues and natural disasters on both sides of the border.
However, their top priority is fighting terrorism, and in particular, the threat of terrorists coming illegally into the U.S. from Canada.