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Blimp plan from the Pentagon is raising privacy concerns

WASHINGTON, D.C. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - The military plans to deploy blimp-like aircraft called "Aerostats" over the skies of Maryland this fall.

The Army says they're needed to protect the nation's capitol from cruise missiles.

From 10,000 feet in the air the "Aerostats" will have radar that reaches from Boston to North Carolina.

"That kind of tracking technology raises privacy concerns, and the military wants to test hardware they should not be testing out on the American people," said ACLU Attorney David Rocah.

"The technology is not designed to collect data, it's just surveillance," said Vernon Herron of the Health & Homeland Security Center.

The pentagon insists the U.S. blimps won't include cameras.

The military will begin testing the Aerostats in October and they'll be deployed for the next three-years.