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Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Correction: Drones Are Not Being Used to Hunt for Dorner

Posted by on Tue, Feb 12, 2013 at 12:28 PM

A few days ago, Charles Mudede—and lots of other eager bloggers—circulated a "dubious" story that ex-cop and fugitive Christopher Dorner had become the first drone-search target on US soil. Homeland Security and the Federal Aviation Administration say that isn't true. The FAA reports that it has not issued any authorization for drone flights in conjunction with the Dorner search.

Finding him is clearly a high priority. So when British newspaper the Daily Express published a report Sunday saying that the cops “plan to use spy drones” to search for him in mountains near Los Angeles, other outlets were quick to believe it. The Express, which is not known for its reliable reporting, also claimed the use of drones had been “confirmed” by a Customs and Border Patrol spokesman.

But none of this stands up to much scrutiny. The Express’ claims were called out as “inaccurate” by the Department for Homeland Security last night, with spokesman William Brooks telling me in an email that “CBP UAS [Unmanned Aerial Systems] are not flying in support of the search.”

Mudede thinks the use of drones to police US citizens is a historical inevitability. Maybe so. But we haven't entered that moment yet.


Dorner’s background and training could render even the most advanced spy tools ineffective. That’s why the speed and success of the search effort may hinge on the ability of the cops to track the old fashioned way—droneless, with meticulous land searches, good instincts, and maybe a tip-off or two.


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Cato the Younger Younger 1
Maybe they will become an inevitability? I think you can drop the maybe..I don't even think you're that naive about how this country operates.
Posted by Cato the Younger Younger on February 12, 2013 at 12:37 PM · Report this
I find it extremely odd that their claiming that the FAA has no requests for drones to be used in this search.

Given the proximity to the southern border, it's not like one, already calibrated for brown people even, isn't in the vicinity.

So, is the FAA's jurisdiction merely being ignored or perhaps are they simply hoping to gin up a public outcry in favor drone surveillance?
Posted by The sun in your Eyes; Made some of the lies worth believing on February 12, 2013 at 12:43 PM · Report this
"The FAA says that's not true."

Oh, well that settles that then.
Posted by LORD ZOD on February 12, 2013 at 1:00 PM · Report this
Nice obfuscated double speak... no denial that perhaps LAPD or ÇSP might be flying drones, only denial of fed activity, it seems...How do you evade a drone you can't hear which has IR, radar and high Res cameras looking for you. Just curious as to the tech and process.
Posted by pupuguru on February 12, 2013 at 1:17 PM · Report this
You_Gotta_Be_Kidding_Me 6
Will you be correcting all of Chucks faulty “reporting” now?
You’re going to be very, very busy indeed…
Posted by You_Gotta_Be_Kidding_Me on February 12, 2013 at 1:31 PM · Report this
watchout5 7
1. Infrared.
2. False alarm, better to question the wrong answer on this topic imo.
Posted by watchout5 on February 12, 2013 at 1:35 PM · Report this
Would you all have a problem using camera drones to help catch the South Park rapist?

...that's what I thought.
Posted by You'd scream for help then assholes on February 12, 2013 at 4:04 PM · Report this

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