Apparently Rodney and Susan Brossert are armed, anti-government residents of North Dakota who refused to return cows that strayed onto their 3,000 acre refuge. The Sheriff sent an unmanned Air Force drone over their property to find the cows. The entire family was arrested and the straying cows found, valued at $6,000. You have to wonder who owned those cows. If this story is accurate, no warrant was needed. No approval from Congress needed.
Meet the Brossarts, a North Dakota family deemed so dangerous that the local sheriff needed unleashed an unmanned Predator drone to help bring them in.
The Brossart’s alleged crime? They wouldn’t give back three cows and their calves that wandered onto their 3,000-acre farm this summer.
The Brossarts are, according to the UK’s Daily Mail, the first victims of U.S. drone surveillance over America’s private property, other than over border areas. The drone is owned by the U.S. Air Force, and it was summoned by the sheriff, who then could watch everything going on, on the Brossart property.
Using a handheld device that picked up the video camera footage from the spy plane, Sheriff Janke was able to watch the movements of everyone on the farm.
During an 16-hour standoff, the sheriff and his deputies waited until they could see the remaining Brossarts put down their weapons. Then, dressed in SWAT gear, they stormed the compound and arrested the three Brossart sons. No shots were fired.
Everyone on the farm was arrested, including the Brossart’s four adult children. Rodney and Susan have been on the wrong side of the law in North Dakota and are facing several felony charges.
…increasingly, the federal government and local police agencies are using those drones to spy criminal suspects in America with sophisticated high-resolution cameras, heat sensors and radar. All of it comes without a warrant.
Allowing local sheriffs and police chiefs access to spy planes happened without public discussion or the approval of Congress. And it has privacy advocates crying foul, saying the unregulated use of the drones is intrusive.
The U.S. Air Force is forbidden from sending drones over the property of a U.S. citizen, but…not a sheriff using an Air Force drone. Perhaps there is more to this story. Perhaps this is another Ruby Ridge. I don’t know, but I do know we have lost our right to privacy and property.