Report shows drones don’t contribute to border security – so why are they proliferating in our country?
by: J. D. Heyes
Friday, June 07, 2013
A new report says drones used by the U.S. Border Patrol and other border-related agencies are a waste of money because they serve no useful purpose – other than to boost the bottom line of defense contractors.
The report, by the Center for International Policy, finds that not only are drones less than useful, they are a sop to the “military-industrial complex” at a cost of constitutional protections, namely privacy.
From the report:
Drones are proliferating at home and abroad. A new high-tech realm is emerging, where remotely controlled and autonomous unmanned systems do our bidding. Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) and Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) – commonly known as drones – are already working for us in many ways.
This new CIP International Policy Report reveals how the military-industrial complex and the emergence of the homeland security apparatus have put border drones at the forefront of the intensifying public debate about the proper role of drones domestically.
More drones in the works?