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Customs and Border Patrol May Deploy Weaponized Drones

A Customs & Border Protection (CPB) report, released in response to EFF’s Freedom of Information Act lawsuit against the agency, shows CBP has considered adding weapons to its domestic Predator drones.

The report, titled “Concept of Operations for CBP’s Predator B Unmanned Aircraft System” and submitted to Congress on June 29, 2010 shows that, not only is the agency planning to sharply increase the number of Predator drones it flies and the amount of surveillance it conducts by 2016 (detailed further in a separate blog post tomorrow), but it has considered equipping its Predators with “non-lethal weapons designed to immobilize” targets of interest.

Source: EFF. Read full article. (link)

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  • VG Zaytsev||

    The only shocking thing about this story is that it took this long to happen.

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    Yes, it could be a _shocking_ experience. And when one is used to immobilize and someone dies, say by drowning for one, what then? Since they weren't a citizen, who cares? And if a citizen of this fine republic, sovereign immunity?

    Ex-military here so these are definitely issues I understand (friendly fire) what's involved _especially_ when it comes to distant operations.