Thursday, May 31, 2012

Armed Predator Drone Over Illinois?

"Now that's an odd little plane . . . . "

Click here for video of the sighting of an armed Predator drone over Elgin, Illinois on May 12, 2012. (Talk show discussion here.)

Are there other reports of this type of drones over Illinois?

A database of drone sightings is being compiled at

UPDATE: July 22, 2012
According to the Department of Defense Report to Congress on Future Unmanned Aircraft Systems Training, Operations, and Sustainability (April 2012), Illinois has two locations that have been designated as potential basing locations for unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) [i.e. drones] (p. 8 ff.): Lake Havana (for the RQ-7B Shadow) and Ipava (for the RQ-11B Raven).

It is disclosed that drones are operated at both locations under the status "Locations Requiring COAs [Certificate of Waiver or Authorization]". ("Locations where the Army currently conducts operations outside of Restricted Areas that require a COA from the FAA. In the majority of these locations, the purpose of the COA is to transition from the launch site to adjacent Restricted Areas. Additionally, the Raven can be operated using DoD-FAA agreed-to Class G airspace notification procedures for flights flown over Government-owned or -leased land." (p. 20))

Congressional Drones Caucus In States Nationwide

Below is a map showing the location of members of Congress belonging to the "Unmanned Systems Caucus," i.e. the drones caucus.

To see if your congressman/woman is a member of the caucus, refer to the membership page for the "Unmanned Systems Caucus"

No Drones Grassroots - State by State

Grassroots "No Drones" campaigns are happening across the country, and soon there will be one in every state. See the up-to-the-minute list on the No Drones Network page. Get active with the people working to stop drone killings and drone surveillance in your area today!

Tell Obama: Enough Is Enough!

When Barack Obama was in Chicago for the NATO summit, we made the drones killings 100% VISIBLE and said it's time to STOP!

Obama will be back in Chicago on Friday, June 1, and we will tell him again: Enough Is Enough!

Join us to protest at 5 p.m. at the Chicago Cultural Center before the Obama fundraiser.

For more information email nodronesillinois [at]