Homeland Security Loaning Drones to Local Police at Increasing Rate

Steve Neavling

A North Dakota farm is not where you’d expect to see a Predator drone.

But Homeland Security loaned the drones – up to $34 million in value – to local authorities who wanted to spy on a farmer who was engaged in a standoff with police.

Since the August 2011 incident, the Washington Guardian reports, Homeland Security has increasingly been lending its unarmed drones to local police.

Some worry that the use of drones amounts to domestic spying and the militarization of local police forces, the Guardian explained.

Homeland Security plans to begin helping local authorities buy smaller drone-style machines, the Guardian reported.


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