Dorner: A drone target on U.S. soil
Alongside the police shootingon two separate incidents of innocent individuals in the manhunt for cop killing ex-cop Christopher Dorner, the frenzied search has also introduced the use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (drones) to seek a target on U.S. soil.
According to MSNNow, "their use was confirmed by Customs and Border Patrol spokesman Ralph DeSio, who revealed the government's fear that Dorner will make a dash for the Mexican border."
A number of news sources, MSNNow included, stated that this was the first instance of airborne drones targeting a human target within the U.S.. Not so: Among a handful of instances, police in North Dakota used aPredator drone (unarmed) in 2011 to track down the Brossart family -- anti-government separatists who refused to return cows that had wandered onto their land.
As Gawker's Eric Limer noted, the drones employed to search for Dorner are also "presumably" unarmed. "Should armed drones actually be authorized to fire on Dorner, then it would be a first, and frankly a terrifying precedent," wrote Limer.