map of Aerostat detection range
Ft. Huachuca, Arizona -- According
to military experts, the Aerostat radar balloon based on Ft.
Huachuca could be used to spot illegal aliens but the Department
of Homeland Security refuses to use it. "They don't want
the public to know that they know," said a civilian UAV
instructor based at Ft. Huachuca. According to one Aerostat operator,
the system has an excess lifting capacity of 1500 pounds - more
than enough to carry infrared and
visual cameras aloft. "This is a true scandal,"
said Glenn Spencer of American Patrol. "It is another example
of how the Border Patrol is designed to fail."