The original headline of this New York Times article was:
US Drones Fly Deep in Mexico to Fight Drugs
I immediately had an image of a dogfight between a flying Cheech-and-Chong-sized joint and an unmanned drone.
Apparently, someone was awake and mildly aware at the Times, and they changed the headline.
The content is disturbing enough without the joint dogfight.
Mexican and American officials say Mexico turns a blind eye to American wiretapping of the telephone lines of drug-trafficking suspects, and similarly to American law enforcement officials carrying weapons in violation of longstanding Mexican restrictions.
Officials on both sides of the border also said that Mexico asked the United States to use its drones to help track suspectsâ€™ movements. The officials said that while Mexico had its own unmanned aerial vehicles, they did not have the range or high-resolution capabilities necessary for certain surveillance activities.
One American military official said the Pentagon had flown a number of flights over the past month using the Global Hawk drones â€” a spy plane that can fly higher than 60,000 feet and survey about 40,000 square miles of territory in a day. They cannot be readily seen by drug traffickers â€” or ordinary Mexicans â€” on the ground.
But no one would say exactly how many drone flights had been conducted by the United States, or how many were anticipated under the new agreement. The officials cited the secrecy of drug investigations, and concerns that airing such details might endanger American and Mexican officials on the ground.
Inviting another country to send spy planes over your soil to spy on your citizens. Hmmm…. That’s another kind of mental image.