Non-lethal weapons such as bean-bag guns, rubber bullets and tear gas canisters can all kill if they hit a vulnerable person. Tasers are considered non-lethal but many cases of death by taser have been documented. Many people have been killed by military and CIA drones, some on purpose and many by mistake and as ‘collateral damage’. The infamous video of people being murdered in Collateral Murder shows how easily and quickly leading edge technology can be misused.
The Daily Beast raises the question as to whether the proliferation of drones in N. Dakota is to ensure better citizen safety. They point out the increasing importance of the research and manufacture of unmanned aerial vehicles in the state.
Millions are being poured into the state in the building of Grand Sky an industrial/research park near the Grand Forks Air Force Base. The US pilots many of its overseas drone flights from the air force base. Reading the narrative on Grand Sky’s home pages indicates a particular interest in attracting the best to work on cutting edge development of UAVs.
In a state where the oil bust has gutted the economy, it can make those who would defend civil liberties suspect that the present enthusiasm for law enforcement drones may well be based on the influx of money expected by welcoming sky spies with open arms.
Legislative Assembly of North Dakota
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