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The military aren't the only ones to use unmanned recon drones. In 2005, the US Congress authorized them to be used by the US Customs and US Border Protection to stamp out illegal immigration. Yesterday, however, was the first time that one of these vehicles was used to help arrest a civilian on United States soil.

It all started when the Sheriff of Nelson County showed up at the Brossart residence with a search warrant, hoping to find six stolen cows. Unfortunately, Alex, Thomas and Jacob Brossart belonged to an anti-government organization that the FBI labelled as extremist. In a typical extremist fashion, the Sheriff was chased away by the rifle-brandishing Bossarts. Afterwards, two Predator drones from the nearby Great Forks Air Force were called in and the Brossarts were apprehended without a single shot fired.

This case proved that unmanned drones are every bit as useful for law enforcement as they are for  military use, but this kind of tactics is sure to raise a lot of concerns regarding privacy. There is also a conflict with the Posse Comitatus Act, which prohibits the US Military from taking on a police role on US soil.

With technology advancing at such a fast phase, there is very little doubt that we will hear a lot of debate about tech-related taboo issue such as this one.

Written by: Denis Ivanov


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