Unmanned Military Planes Fly Over Virginia


Mike Hixenbaugh
The Virginian-Pilot
January 3, 2013

Small unmanned surveillance planes routinely hum over Virginia Beach, but few residents seem to know about them.

The military aircraft are some of the same drones the U.S. government uses regularly to spy on Taliban fighters in Afghanistan.

Here, the Air Force planes are used to train members of Special Operations Forces, who in turn will be expected to pilot the drones overseas.

[...] “I think, generally, people are freaked out by this,” said Jennifer Lynch, an attorney who has led the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s efforts to obtain drone flight records. “It doesn’t matter if you’re liberal or conservative, people have concerns about the potential for this type of government intrusion.”

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