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Barack Obama To Shut Down Southern Air Defense Systems
Market Daily News ^ | January 23rd, 2013 | Mack Slavo

Posted on 01/28/2013 8:17:09 AM PST by 11th_VA

As the U.S. government continues to expand surveillance and monitoring systems to the tune of hundreds of billions of dollars within the borders of the United States, a recent announcement regarding the country’s southern air defense systems is raising eyebrows.

Our southern border is, in part, protected by the Tethered Aerostat Radar System (TARS), which utilizes moored balloons hovering at about 15,000 feet to identify low flying aircraft and missiles that may penetrate the border and cross into U.S. airspace.

The system is utilized by the U.S. Air Force, North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD), and U.S. Customs and Border Protection for a number of missions including detection of drug smuggling and preservation of the air sovereignty of the continental United States.

According to Exelis Systems Corporation, the company that built and jointly maintains TARS with the U.S. Air Force, the government has ordered a complete shutdown of Aerostat flight operations:

The government also indicated its intent that aerostat flight operations will cease on March 15, 2013, and that the remainder of the fiscal year will be used to deflate aerostats, disposition equipment, and prepare sites for permanent closure. We are currently reviewing all the details of the RfP and evaluating the possible impacts on the program and our workforce. We continue to communicate with the government on this matter, and we will have more information in the coming days and weeks.

An Exelis employee close to the TARS project had this to say about the closure of the sites:

“Not only will this closure mean hundreds of people will be out of jobs, but it also means our borders will not be safe, especially along the remote U.S. Mexico Border like in Texas.

These defense radars detect low flying aircraft infiltrating our borders.

Without these defense radars, low flying aircraft will go undetected.

It will be open season for any drug/gun/slave smugglers, terrorists flying in with nukes, low altitude missiles, or even a full scale low elevation invasion/attack against America.”

With China actively and openly deploying Russian-made low altitude strategic bombers, designing EMP weapons capable of disabling the country’s power grid infrastructure, and establishing economic zones within the United States, it’s difficult to imagine the motivation behind the move to further weaken U.S. air defenses on the southern border.

If September 11, 2001 was any indication of our air defense capabilities, and considering that any ground invasion of the United States would originate on our southern border, then wouldn’t we want as many early warning systems as possible to be actively protecting our country in these specific areas?

The U.S. government has chosen to shutdown this outward facing surveillance system, and has instead turned the surveillance inward, on the American people.


TOPICS: Breaking News; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: 113th; aerostat; airdefense; aliens; bho44; bhofascism; bhonationalsecurity; borderprotection; borders; borderwars; democrats; exelissystems; govtabuse; immigration; invasion; jobs; nationalsecurity; norad; nwo; obama; obamapolicy; openborders; shadowwars; tars; threatmatrix; treasongraphic; welfare; wot
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1 posted on 01/28/2013 8:17:12 AM PST by 11th_VA
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2 posted on 01/28/2013 8:18:28 AM PST by 11th_VA (When in the course of Human Events ...)
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To: 11th_VA

No more border security, and amnesty for all the invaders! What a country!

Kiss it goodbye, people, the grand experiment is DEAD.


3 posted on 01/28/2013 8:23:13 AM PST by AuntB (Illegal immigration is simply more "share the wealth" socialism and a CRIME not a race!)
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To: 11th_VA

So besides being a Muzzie lovin Commie Chavez wannabe he’s also 13 kinds of stupid.


4 posted on 01/28/2013 8:25:02 AM PST by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: 11th_VA

Hey Governor Perry, you logged on today? You might be interested in this.......


5 posted on 01/28/2013 8:25:02 AM PST by eartick (Been to the line in the sand and liked it)
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To: 11th_VA

Sure Barry - why not make it easy for Iranian war planners to position their ship based missiles in ports owned by their berry berry good friends in Venezuela?

and the Panamanians are perfectly capable of keeping the strategic Canal open with no involvement by or repercussions against the US in event of general war- with the help of all the Chinese stationed in the canal zone

Just announce to the word that the backdoor to the heart of the US is open- if you got missiles or bombers, send ‘em in


6 posted on 01/28/2013 8:26:33 AM PST by silverleaf (Age Takes a Toll: Please Have Exact Change)
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To: 11th_VA

Really....how many acts of Treason must he commit before the TRAITOR is stopped?????


7 posted on 01/28/2013 8:29:01 AM PST by Lucky9teen (Peace is that brief glorious moment in history when everybody stands around reloading.~Thomas Jeffer)
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To: 11th_VA

Red Dawn scenario?


8 posted on 01/28/2013 8:29:37 AM PST by traderrob6
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To: 11th_VA

What if anything will replace the balloons?


9 posted on 01/28/2013 8:31:19 AM PST by fso301
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To: 11th_VA

bkmk


10 posted on 01/28/2013 8:33:52 AM PST by Sergio (An object at rest cannot be stopped! - The Evil Midnight Bomber What Bombs at Midnight)
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To: 11th_VA

             

11 posted on 01/28/2013 8:34:21 AM PST by tomkat ( .. shall NOT be infringed)
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To: 11th_VA

Gee what could possibly go wrong here?


12 posted on 01/28/2013 8:37:32 AM PST by oust the louse (You need your parents signature to go on a school field trip but not to get an abortion.)
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To: AuntB

yeah, but it’ll be a great ‘bipartisan’ deal. we’ll get millions of new ‘legal’ illegals and in exchange, Congress will add another mile to the pathetic little fence at a cost of only a 100 billion dollars.


13 posted on 01/28/2013 8:37:51 AM PST by TurboZamboni (Looting the future to bribe the present)
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sfl


14 posted on 01/28/2013 8:41:05 AM PST by phockthis (http://www.supremelaw.org/fedzone11/index.htm ...)
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To: traderrob6

Red Dawn scenario?

They will only “Red Dawn” us after they have DISARMED us.

They want to purge the potential “wolverines” first before they let their foreign buddies do their doirty work.


15 posted on 01/28/2013 8:46:27 AM PST by GraceG
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To: 11th_VA
It is time we Texans form our own patrol and ask for volunteer's to keep the criminal drug dealers out of our country of Texas ..no wonder Obama and the commie group in Washington are trying to take our guns..they want an invasion so we can't protect ourselves from these tugs across the border...I feel sorry for the good citizens of California they will not have a chance..
16 posted on 01/28/2013 8:47:16 AM PST by PLD
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To: 11th_VA
I found this very hard to believe so I googled it, confirmation can be found here

http://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2013/01/23/Network-of-surveillance-blimps-closing/UPI-78031358969040/?spt=hs&or=tn

Surely this is just a redonate system. Obama would never leave Texas and the other border states wide open to terrorists and drug cartels.

17 posted on 01/28/2013 8:47:16 AM PST by jpsb
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To: fso301

Why, green energy technology of course..it’s the future ya know./s
One would hope there is something else up and running to replace the current system.


18 posted on 01/28/2013 8:47:27 AM PST by jughandle
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To: 11th_VA

The schmucks voted for him, again. And now we all have to suffer. If you know a lib who voted for him, shake his head.


19 posted on 01/28/2013 8:47:38 AM PST by dragonblustar (Allah Ain't So Akbar!)
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To: 11th_VA; bcsco; afnamvet; TheOldLady; BuckeyeTexan; Glenn; Cheerio; fuzzthatwuz; Cap Huff; ...
Crossposting to TM.


20 posted on 01/28/2013 8:48:20 AM PST by MestaMachine (Sometimes the smartest man in the room is standing in the midst of imbeciles.)
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To: 11th_VA

You had to post that picture. I thought I could get through the morning without vomiting. Now I have to clean up the mess.


21 posted on 01/28/2013 8:49:18 AM PST by certrtwngnut (')
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To: 11th_VA

Our country may not be in the best of hands right now but I don’t see trucks full of Americans heading to Mexico.


22 posted on 01/28/2013 8:51:39 AM PST by certrtwngnut (')
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To: 11th_VA

These defense radars detect low flying aircraft infiltrating our borders.

The cartels know where to spend money in the right places.


23 posted on 01/28/2013 8:52:53 AM PST by Vaduz
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To: 11th_VA

So now the cartels can make their deliveries by air.


24 posted on 01/28/2013 8:54:52 AM PST by ScottinVA (Gun control: Steady firm grip, target within sights, squeeze the trigger slowly...)
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To: fso301

I thought they were going with a combination of blimps and drones, which provide a lot more flexibility due to mobility. Also safety, since a ballon that breaks loose from a mooring will either go out of control or require an assisted (ranges from automatic deflation, possibly be an onboard explosive device to a shootdown scenario) deflation for an uncontrolled descent and landing.

Is there any indication that capability is being lost without replacement?


25 posted on 01/28/2013 8:55:26 AM PST by tanknetter
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To: eartick; 11th_VA
Hey Governor Perry, you logged on today? You might be interested in this.

He's probably in a meeting.

26 posted on 01/28/2013 8:57:14 AM PST by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: jughandle
One would hope there is something else up and running to replace the current system.

If it's just the balloons that are going away, that may not be a bad thing. At 15K feet, the horizon as seen from a balloon is about 175miles away. To be effective, I would think chains of overlapping balloons are needed but with just a few widely scattered balloons, bad guys know to steer clear.

27 posted on 01/28/2013 8:58:58 AM PST by fso301
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To: 11th_VA

This is likely a result of sequestration. If so, I blame Boehner as much as Obama.


28 posted on 01/28/2013 8:59:52 AM PST by BuckeyeTexan (There are those that break and bend. I'm the other kind.)
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To: 11th_VA

BMFL


29 posted on 01/28/2013 9:00:47 AM PST by Spktyr (Overwhelmingly superior firepower and the willingness to use it is the only proven peace solution.)
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To: 11th_VA; waterhill; ixtl
Another day, another treasonous act (((ping)))

Is it time YET!?!?

30 posted on 01/28/2013 9:01:02 AM PST by Envisioning (Call me a racist........, one more time..........)
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To: 11th_VA

Don’t sweat it. There will still be plenty of spy drones in the air flying on behalf of the USDA to catch family farmers selling raw milk.


31 posted on 01/28/2013 9:02:19 AM PST by Hoodat ("As for God, His way is perfect" - Psalm 18:30)
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To: certrtwngnut
Our country may not be in the best of hands right now but I don’t see trucks full of Americans heading to Mexico.

Maybe not just yet. But it's looking better everyday this traitor and his ilk are in power.

32 posted on 01/28/2013 9:04:53 AM PST by unixfox (Abolish Slavery, Repeal The 16th Amendment!)
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To: AuntB; sickoflibs

yeah, we finally got some spending cuts...


33 posted on 01/28/2013 9:08:09 AM PST by Gilbo_3 (Gov is not reason; not eloquent; its force.Like fire,a dangerous servant & master. George Washington)
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To: Envisioning

It was time four years ago. I don’t know why we’re all sitting on our @sses.


34 posted on 01/28/2013 9:09:23 AM PST by BuckeyeTexan (There are those that break and bend. I'm the other kind.)
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To: 11th_VA
Wikipedia page on "Tethered Aerostat Radar System" has not changed since June 2012, probably because no one knows bout this:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tethered_Aerostat_Radar_System#History

The UPI article does not say who the source was for the shutdown. Is this due to sequestration, or Obama?

35 posted on 01/28/2013 9:09:49 AM PST by PghBaldy (12/14 - 930am -rampage begins... 12/15 - 1030am - Obama's advance team scouts photo-op locations.)
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To: PLD

“I feel sorry for the good citizens of California they will not have a chance..”


Why feel sorry? California has gotten what it deserves. They are the BEST example of what is bad for this nation.


36 posted on 01/28/2013 9:18:53 AM PST by ourworldawry
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To: 11th_VA

Is this the whole story? Or is there some plan this contractor was not aware of to replace the balloons with something else. Is obama really this treasonous? (I think I know the answer)


37 posted on 01/28/2013 9:20:01 AM PST by plain talk
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To: tomkat

Don’t forget to thank the Republicans. They only difference between them and Democrats is not destination, they just drive with one foot on the brake... you still end up in hell.

The North American Union is well underway. Courtesy the R&D Party.


38 posted on 01/28/2013 9:20:55 AM PST by Ray76 (Do you reject Obama? And all his works? And all his empty promises?)
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To: 11th_VA

But it’s important to keep groping our wives, daughters and grandmothers at the airport?


39 posted on 01/28/2013 9:21:43 AM PST by ElkGroveDan (My tagline is in the shop.)
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To: fso301

Buffoons will replace them.


40 posted on 01/28/2013 9:23:37 AM PST by Freedom of Speech Wins
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To: ourworldawry
I do feel sorry for the good people there that have no way to move because of money situation..They have no one on their side..Have a idiot for governor and he would side with Obama and his trolls..
41 posted on 01/28/2013 9:29:30 AM PST by PLD
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To: dragonblustar; Impy; sickoflibs; NFHale; campaignPete R-CT

“If you know a lib who voted for him, shake his head.”

I prefer to throw feces at him/her.


42 posted on 01/28/2013 9:32:58 AM PST by GOPsterinMA (Time to musk up.)
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To: 11th_VA
If it’s true these are going to be removed from the border areas, it’s probable that they’ll be refitted with downward looking video cameras to be hoisted in areas of patriotic dissent.


43 posted on 01/28/2013 9:37:39 AM PST by Rebelbase ( .223, .224, whatever it takes....)
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Freepers, your Contributions make every difference!
Please keep ‘em coming! Thank you all very much!

44 posted on 01/28/2013 9:43:32 AM PST by RedMDer (HEY LIBS! GUN FREE ZONE T-SHIRTS AVAILABLE NOW. I DARE YA!)
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To: 11th_VA

Impeach the Traitor for treason and throw away the key.


45 posted on 01/28/2013 9:43:40 AM PST by metmom (For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore & do not submit again to a yoke of slavery)
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To: dragnet2

To Picture #26

“He’s probably in a meeting”

Conservatives are not a very discerning group, that’s for sure. Mr. Perry along with Bush and Rubio and Ryan ect. are not patriots. And yet they are held up in high esteem as conservatives. A true patriot would not step into that meeting kissing a@@ like that.


46 posted on 01/28/2013 9:45:16 AM PST by selfdefense
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To: Gilbo_3; AuntB

Looks like House Rs plan on letting the automatic cuts go through in-spite of all their whining about it last year.

In fact Ryan was asked about it yesterday on MTP I think :”Last year you said that ‘we’ (congress) wont let those cuts go through”

Ryan answer “That was only if we (Mitt and him) won the election” LOL


47 posted on 01/28/2013 9:45:27 AM PST by sickoflibs (Losing to Dems and Obama is not a principle! Its just losing.)
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To: 11th_VA
"......he works secretly and unknown in the night

to undermine the pillars of the city,

he infects the body politic so that it can

no longer resist ...."

--- Cicero ---

The Traitor-Cicero photo TheTraitorcopy_zpsfc089972.jpg

48 posted on 01/28/2013 9:46:03 AM PST by R_Kangel ( "A Nation of Sheep ..... Will Beget ..... a Nation Ruled by Wolves.")
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To: 11th_VA

Gee, is this part of the proposed “Comprehensive Immigration Reform” bill, agreed to by the “bipartisan” group of Senators?

Will McConnell ask Kerry about this?

I have other rhetorical questions that will never get meaningful answers, as well.


49 posted on 01/28/2013 9:50:27 AM PST by ApplegateRanch (Love me, love my guns!©)
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To: fso301

“What if anything will replace the balloons?”

That is my question as well. The article is written in the perspective of the company, the employees etc. effected by the shutdown, but is there something replacing their system that hopefully is more effective than old fashioned balloons? Being that it’s Bizarro Barry’s World I would doubt it, but I don’t know.


50 posted on 01/28/2013 9:51:08 AM PST by rockinqsranch (Dems, Libs, Socialists, call 'em what you will, they ALL have fairies livin' in their trees.)
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