What happens when your games annoy the cops?

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Cute drone knows the difference between games and death. (img by Matthew Kenwrick)

“Do they play ‘Killer’ here?” she asked, tromping across the wide brick quad in impractical shoes. “You know, you sign up to play, and you get a dossier of someone else who’s signed up to play. You have to kill them.”

“Yeah, we played that in a few of the schools I went to. It was called ‘Assassin,’” he said, remembering how he’d gotten a really good start in his first game, killing 3 targets in 2 days. Then he forgot he was playing and got gunned down in a dorm lobby, water leaking from the gaping wound in his forehead.

“They play it on Army bases, too,” she said, “those games were pretty intense.”

“Yeah, no shit.”

“At some bases they had to memo it out of existence. You know drones, right? We had one for patrolling the border near the base where I was assigned. Turns out that paintball wars, assassin games, and real weapons incidents look identical to drones and drone operators.” (more…)

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Does this drone smell like bacon to you?

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No, not that kind... the kind that flies and has guns. (img by cm_e)

I love remote controlled killing and/or surveillance machines, mostly because they make killing baddies in real life very much like killing baddies in Civilian Drone Assault VII. Which is great, because now Florida is catching up in the drone arms race:

The Miami-Dade Police Department recently got the first permit ever issued by the Federal Aviation Administration to fly its $50,000 robotic plane, a drone similar to those that have revolutionized warfare from Jalalabad to Mosul. The craft might just change policing forever too — as soon as MDPD actually gets a chance to use the damn thing.

I wonder how hard it would be to shoot one of these things down. Are they delicate? Do they move too quickly to hit? Are they tasty when you fry them in butter? I guess we’ll find out when Miami or Texas use one to go after someone heavily armed and well informed…

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Texas county police buys drone that can carry weapons

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By the Homeland Security News Wire

The police in Montgomery County–and area north of Houston, Texas–is the first local police in the united States to deploy a drone that can carry weapons.

The ShadowHawk from Vanguard Defense Industries is a pilot-less helicopter remotely controlled by an operator using a game console-like, laptop size device. The drone was purchased with a $300,000 grant from DHS.

The Montgomery police says it will be used in chases of escaping criminals and tracking drug shipments.

Michael Buscher, chief executive officer of manufacturer Vanguard Defense Industries, told the Examiner that Montgomery County is the first local law enforcement agency to buy one of his units. (more…)

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Drones can legally off unknown dudes

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photo by ryochiji on flickr

I’ve always thought these things looked a little creepy. Maybe it’s the blank windowless cockpit bulge. But what’s creepier is that the US has been using them to kill unknown suspects.

Signature strikes target groups of men believed to be militants associated with terrorist groups, but whose identities aren’t always known. The bulk of CIA’s drone strikes are signature strikes.

On the one hand, if it looks and quacks like a duck… On the other, I have a beard and a tan. On the other other, I haven’t been to Pakistan lately.

On the other other other… well, we’ll see.

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