Northern New York Newspapers
Watertown
Ogdensburg
Massena-Potsdam
Lowville
Carthage
Malone
NNY Business
NNY Living
NNY Ads
Fri., May. 22
ADVERTISE SUBSCRIBE
Serving the communities of Jefferson, St. Lawrence and Lewis counties, New York
In print daily. Online always.
Related Stories

U.S.-Canadian border to get military-grade radar

TIMES WASHINGTON CORRESPONDENT
PREV
NEXT
ARTICLE OPTIONS
A A
print this article
e-mail this article

WASHINGTON — The federal Department of Homeland Security will deploy military-grade radar on the northern border, which officials say will help stop airborne drug smuggling.


Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano announced the decision in response to a request from Sen. Charles E. Schumer, the senator's office said Wednesday.


Mr. Schumer, D-N.Y., had outlined his request in a conference call with reporters, saying drug smugglers elude capture by flying aircraft below where typical radar can detect them. Military-type radar will detect those aircraft, he said. Mr. Schumer was responding to a U.S. Government Accountability Office report detailing that weakness along the U.S.-Canadian border.


Only 32 of more than 4,000 miles of the border are secure, the GAO found.


"These recent shocking GAO reports make it clear that we have a long way to go when it comes to securing our northern border and keeping drugs out of bordering states, and fortunately deploying this military-grade radar technology on the front lines has already proven effective in detecting low-flying planes that can be chock full of illegal drugs," Mr. Schumer said in a press release.

Commenting rules:
  1. Stick to the topic of the article/letter/editorial.
  2. When responding to issues raised by other commenters, do not engage in personal attacks or name-calling.
  3. Comments that include profanity/obscenities or are libelous in nature will be removed without warning.
Violators' commenting privileges may be revoked indefinitely. By commenting you agree to our full Terms of Use.
Giveaway
Syracuse Football Tickets Giveaway
Connect with Us
WDT News FeedsWDT on FacebookWDT on TwitterWDT on InstagramWDT for iOS: iPad, iPhone, and iPod touchWDT for Android
Showcase of Homes
Showcase of Homes