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UK tightens security around drone bases

Dec. 31, 2013 - 03:45AM   |  
By MICHAEL PECK   |   Comments
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An MQ-9 Reaper unmanned aerial vehicle flies over the crowd during the Aviation Nation Air Show at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., Nov. 10. This year's show commemorated 60 years of air power during the Air Force's year-long 60th anniversary celebration. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Robert W. Valenca) (MASTER SGT. ROBERT W. VALENCA)
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The British Ministry of Defense is drastically tightening security around air bases that have reportedly been used by the U.S. to launch drones strikes and conduct electronic surveillance, according to the newspaper The Independent.

"The measures, which include powers to arrest for offences ranging from taking photographs to failing to clean up dog mess, would be put in place through a little-known project to overhaul the by-laws surrounding military facilities across the country," the Independent reported.

The RAF Croughton base, which the Independent says is used to relay NSA and CIA communications as well as support drone strikes, will be one of 150 sites to receive tighter security. Another site is the listening post at RAF Menwith Hill, which reportedly is a key U.S. intelligence facility in Britain.

Several British human rights groups oppose the new security laws.

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