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Customs Takes Over Monitoring Local Skies

The U.S. Customs Service has begun dispatching surveillance helicopters and small jets into the skies over Washington to search for possible terrorist attacks, in part to supplement U.S. military aircraft and crews that have handled the job but soon may be needed for missions overseas, U.S. officials said. The Customs Service’s two unarmed Blackhawk helicopters and two Cessna Citation jets, all bristling with high-tech sensors, are better suited for tracking small planes that enter the restricted airspace over the Washington area than are the U.S. military’s large AWACS surveillance jets, which have flown intermittently since the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, the officials said. Full Story

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