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Protesters appear in Battle Creek opposed to U.S. use of drone aircraft


CALHOUN COUNTY (WKZO)-- About a dozen protestors braved the cold and snow [yes snow] at the gates of the Air National Guard base in Battle Creek to protest the Deployment of a Drone Command Center at the base.

They came from as far as Indianapolis and Terre Haute and as nearby as Kalamazoo to protest their use of drones against civilian populations.

Jessica and Ben work at the Peace Center in Kalamazoo. They think that the nation’s ingenuity, resources and money would be a lot better spent on peaceful pursuits like healthcare and education.

But Capt. Craig Warren says their mission will be strictly combat, doing a lot of the same things the A-10 Warthog does, without putting a pilot at risk. They will be flying close air support mission for ground troops and doing search and rescue.

The big difference is they will only be controlling and piloting the Drones from Battle Creek. The planes will actually be stationed it hot spots overseas.

Part of the command will be maintaining the security personnel to deal with major protests. At some Drone command centers in the U.S. they regularly see protests of up to 300 people. That was not the case in Battle Creek.

The five State Police Patrol cars assigned to the event were more than enough to handle this protest.