One of the military's controversial surveillance blimps has broken free from its tether in Maryland and is now drifting over Pennsylvania. According to a report, the blimp is now floating at 16,000 feet and dragging a 6,700 foot cable. Through a FOIA lawsuit filed earlier this year, EPIC uncovered details about the Army's plan to fly two "JLENS" blimps over the Washington, DC area. The several thousand documents uncovered by EPIC describe the use of JLENS, as well as the Army's relationship with the contractor Raytheon, which has proposed a video surveillance capability.
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by Ryan Calo, A. Michael Froomkin,