KAJ18: Feds to use military grade radar for northern border security

The federal government is moving to deploy “military grade” radar along the northern U.S. border as soon as this fall in an effort to catching low-flying aircraft smuggling drugs from Canada.

The Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced the plan on Tuesday, almost six months after Montana Senator Jon Tester released a Homeland Security report showing serious holes in border security between the U.S. and Canada. That was especially true in Northwestern Montana, Northern Idaho and Eastern Washington.

The report said “cross border illegal activity remains a significant threat”, and pointed especially to low-flying aircraft smuggling drugs out of British Columbia.

Back in March, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano approved deploying the same high-powered radar used by the military to stop drug cross-border drug smuggling.

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