|US Drones over the Caribbean, a Pentagon Plan
2012.07.24 - 13:33:09 / firstname.lastname@example.org
HAVANA, Cuba.- The US Department of Homeland Security announced the setting up of a drone squadron for surveillance activity over the Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico, under the pretext of fighting drug trafficking.
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) already approved the air routes for the spy drones, known worldwide for their raids over Iraq, Pakistan and Afghanistan, as part of the US wars on those nations, PL news agency reported.
According to the FAA plan, a 2000-kilometer area will be covered by the drones, which includes the Bahamas, the Hispaniola, Puerto Rico and other Caribbean islands.
The first drone base in charge of Caribbean operations will be located in Corpus Christi, Texas, and a second facility will be set up in Cocoa Beach, Florida, according to sources with the US Defense Department.
The drones picked for Caribbean surveillance operations include the Predator-B, currently being used by the CIA in Afghanistan and Yemen under the official pretext of locating Al-Qaida groups and other Islamic extremists.
Over the past five years, Washington has maintained surveillance operations over the Caribbean with Global Hawk spy aircrafts.
The US intelligence air operations were carried out over the years, first by U-2 planes and later by SR-71 aircrafts.