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ID:

654

Date:

2013-07-02

Headline:

The Border Patrol Wants to Arm Drones

Reporter's name:

Philip Bump

Delay/denial:

No

Lawsuit:

Yes

Fees:

No

Media outlet:

The Atlantic Wire

City:

Washington, DC

Summary:

A 2010 document released by Customs and Border Protection (CBP), a branch of the Department of Homeland Security, listed potential enhancements to unmanned aircraft systems, also known as "drones," including configuration for "expendables or non-lethal weapons designed to immobilize [Targets of Interest]" meaning: drones in American skies could use weapons on people in the United States.

Notes:

The Electronic Frontier Foundation used FOIA to obtain a document titled "Concept of Operations for CBPs Predator B Unmanned Aircraft System" from CBP.

Keywords:

Department of Homeland Security, DHS, Customs and Border Protection, CBP, drone, unmanned aircraft, weapons, Predator, surveillance, immigration, crime, technology, Electronic Frontier Foundation, EFF

Impact:

CBP explained that it has no "plans" to arm its drones with any kind of weapons. CBP also noted that its drones "were designed with the ability to add new surveillance capabilities, accommodate technological developments, and ensure that our systems are equipped with the most advanced resources available."

URL:

http://www.theatlanticwire.com/national/2013/07/border-patrol-arm-drones/66793/


Agencies:

DHS
DOJ

States:

AZ
CA
DC
KY
MN
TX
US Terr./Other

Categories:

immigration
law enforcement
national security
technology


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