Domestic drones: Spies in the sky?

Agent-x - July 28 2012, 12:17 AM

According to pressherald-com on 28 July 2012 by ARK BRUNSWICK Star Tribune, The growing use of unmanned aircraft in the U.S. gives rise to concerns over safety and privacy.LAKOTA, N.D. - The use of unmanned aerial drones, whose deadly accuracy helped revolutionize modern warfare high above the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan, is now spreading intrigue and worry across the plains of North Dakota.

Amanda Hill
A Draganflyer X6 is photographed during a test flight in Mesa County.

It measures about 36 inches from rotor tip to rotor tip and weights just over two pounds.

Amid 3,000 acres of corn and soybeans and miles from the closest town, a Predator drone led to the arrests of farmer Rodney Brossart and five members of his family last year after a dispute over a neighbor's six lost cows on his property escalated into a 16-hour standoff with police.

It is one of the first reported cases in the nation where an unmanned drone was used to assist in the arrest of a U.S. citizen on his own property, and a controversial sign of how drones, in all shapes, sizes and missions, are beginning to hover over American skies.


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