[News] North Dakota Approves Drones with Rubber Bullets, Tasers, Pepper Spray, Tear Gas, Sound Cannons for Domestic Use

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Tue Sep 1 11:54:11 EDT 2015


*First US State Approves Drones with Rubber Bullets, Tasers, Pepper 
Spray, Tear Gas, Sound Cannons for Domestic Use

*
By Robert Barsocchini August 28, 2015
*http://www.globalresearch.ca/first-us-state-approves-drones-with-rubber-bullets-tasers-pepper-spray-tear-gas-sound-cannons-for-domestic-use/5472446*

The bill passsed largely due to the inherent corruption 
<http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2015/08/corruption-is-legal-in-the-usa.html>of 
the US political system, as the wording was modified to allow for 
weaponized drones and approved “thanks to a last-minute push by a … 
lobbyist representing law enforcement—tight with a booming drone industry”.

The Republican who originally proposed the bill had written it to ban 
all weaponization of drones, and he was dismayed that it ultaimately 
passed in a form that allows non-lethal weaponization.

Police claim the drones will only be used in “non-criminal” situations, 
such as surveilance, but did not mention that they have already been 
used in at least one criminal situation, or that the claim is dubious at 
best given the ultra-militarized and brutal state of policing in the US, 
which many, particularly those in ethnic minority groups, liken to 
military occupation.

A police deputy, explaining why he opposed requiring search warrants for 
use of drones, told 
<http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/08/26/first-state-legalizes-armed-drones-for-cops-thanks-to-a-lobbyist.html>Daily 
Beast that “you don’t want things that would potentially have a chilling 
effect on [drone] manufacturers”.

“It’s really all about the commercial development,” said Republican rep. 
Gary Paur.

As Daily Beast puts it, “In other words, limit civil liberties so Big 
Drone can spread its wings.”

Of course, there is a bit more to it than that, as numerous US 
crackdowns on pro-democracy protesters, including mass arrests of 
civilians and journalists, demonstrate.

/Author *Robert Barsocchini* can be found on Twitter: @_DirtyTruths 
<https://twitter.com/_DirtyTruths>/


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