Other Pieces of the US Police State are Moving Into Place on Schedule
“Documents obtained by the Electronic Frontier Foundation from the Homeland Security Department's Customs and Border Protection indicate that the agency is close to finalizing payload standards for its drone aircraft. Among the things the CBP might want to use in its unmanned aircraft: “non-lethal weapons designed to immobilize” targets. In 2009, the agency announced that it had acquired its sixth Predator drone, stationed at an Army Airfield in Arizona.”
As pointed out by a commenter to the article, “For one thing, there are no “non-lethal weapons”. DoD long ago renamed them “less than lethal”, because of the legal liability (rubber bullets can kill, just as a hard hit baseball to the chest can stop the heart) But more significant, DHS is paving the road for internal use of armed drones, against Americans! Or did you for one minute think that these birds are glued to the border, and can only face South?”
Customs and Border Protection Wants to Arm Drones
Phi Beta Iota: On balance, we consider DHS a mix of new pork pie, and Israeli cut-out — just as CIA has multiple chains of command, so also do we believe that DHS has its own Chertoff/Zionist chain of command that are completely beyond the ken of the DHS managers that are legally appointed and/or confirmed. At the highest levels, unless the lies have been spectacularly deep and the leadership painstakingly stupid, it is known that drones are neither an effective domestic tool, nor an affordable one. Our take is that this is just another program being run by a program manager that has no idea what he or she is doing, but the money is there, the vendors are hungry, the Congress has been bribed, and they just need to “move the money.”
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