Christopher Dorner is first drone target on U.S. soil
Halibutboy Flatfish stashed this in Conspiracy theories
Well that didn't take long, did it? Drones can apparently be used on US soil now.
Man, that escalated quickly.
So Dorner wouldn't be the first criminal target and the Department of Homeland Security has loaned out drones to local law enforcement as part of a program last August. Now, if the drones were going to target Dorner and fire upon him, yes, that'd be a shocking, crazy first. We're just getting used to the fact that the Justice Department said it only targets "senior operational leaders" of al Qaeda, or the very vague "an associated force" when it employs drones overseas.
That sort of all brings us back to the Express's reporting. Do they really mean Dorner will be the first fired-upon target? We're not sure, but we do know they'd be factually incorrect if they meant that Dorner was the first criminal on U.S. soil that necessitated the use of drones. And as blogger Parker Higgins points out, the Express's reporting seems to be a bit dodgy. Higgins asks, "[H]ow did a tiny paper in the United Kingdom get such a juicy source more than 10,000 miles away in the Los Angeles police department?"
Army Captain? LAPD? oh wow
I think the significance of everyone talking about this incorrect story that Dorner is the first target of Drones domestically is that hardly anybody knew that drones had already been used to surveil criminal suspects in the U.S.