Napolitano said Texas was the last Southwest border state to receive a drone because “Texas airspace is more crowded.”
She said the timeline for placing a drone in Texas, which tentatively would be stored in Corpus Christi, remains a decision for the Federal Aviation Administration.
“The FAA now has to go in and carve out, as I understand it, space for the Predator,” she said.
Napolitano testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee, which held an oversight hearing into programs under the Department of Homeland Security.
The secretary said that over the past 15 months, federal law enforcement initiatives have made the border more secure than in any other time in history.Couple of things...one, the Texas airspace along the border IS a little more crowded. With Mexican military helicopters:
Posted: 04/02/2010 06:38:43 AM PDT
BROWNSVILLE, Texas—The defense department says it is investigating reports of a Mexican military helicopter seen flying in Texas. Zapata County Sheriff Sigifredo Gonzalez says several people reported seeing the aircraft on Sunday flying over an RV park near Zapata, some 100 miles northwest of McAllen on the border with Mexico.
Border Patrol spokesman Jason Darling says the Mexican military is conducting operations near Zapata along the Rio Grande.
U.S. Department of Defense spokeswoman Maj. Tanya Bradsher says the flyover is under review.
The press relations department duty officer at Mexico's Defense Department told The Associated Press Friday that she has no information on the reports.
A Mexican military helicopter was also spotted March 10 over Zapata County.
Second, the airspace along the Texas border is W I D E open. Here's a link to a really cool time-lapse view of all the flights in the U.S. See that funny black area that sort of defines the Rio Grande? Notice the whole area goes dark during...oh, say...the hours that people MIGHT choose to do something clandestine? Makes you wanna say, "Hmmmm....."
My friend Mary suggested maybe she was talking about the birds that migrate across the Texas/Mexican border. Or maybe....bats....????
That would have been a more artful lie, at least. But, hey, Nappy Jan is part of the most transparent administration in history.