North Dakota Becomes First State To Legalize Drones Weaponized With Tasers, Tear Gas, Rubber Bullets & Sound Cannons

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Submitted by Mike Krieger via Liberty Blitzkrieg blog,

It is now legal for law enforcement in North Dakota to fly drones armed with everything from Tasers to tear gas thanks to a last-minute push by a pro-police lobbyist.

 

With all the concern over the militarization of police in the past year, no one noticed that the state became the first in the union to allow police to equip drones with “less than lethal” weapons. House Bill 1328 wasn’t drafted that way, but then a lobbyist representing law enforcement—tight with a booming drone industry—got his hands on it.

 

– From the Daily Beast article: First State Legalizes Taser Drones for Cops, Thanks to a Lobbyist

You could see the writing on the walls years ago. In an increasingly authoritarian, lawless, surveillance state like America, it was always inevitable that drones would be weaponized. In North Dakota, this is now a reality.

Although I haven’t written much about domestic drones as of late, I published many articles on the topic several years ago. In the 2012 piece, Drones in America? They are Already Here…I warned:

Like with any new technology, drones can be put to good use or to evil use.  Just like nuclear power can harness energy or destroy humanity altogether, drones could do a lot of good, but the problem is that the government is clearly moving more and more towards a surveillance state so we must be extra careful.  Stay vigilant.

Apparently, North Dakotans weren’t particularly vigilant, and now the state has become the first in the nation to legalize weaponized drones; not a distinction they should be proud of. What started out as a bill to require police using drones for surveillance obtain warrants, turned into a law that puts tasers and tear gas on them. Go ‘Merica.

The Daily Beast reports:

It is now legal for law enforcement in North Dakota to fly drones armed with everything from Tasers to tear gas thanks to a last-minute push by a pro-police lobbyist.

 

With all the concern over the militarization of police in the past year, no one noticed that the state became the first in the union to allow police to equip drones with “less than lethal” weapons. House Bill 1328 wasn’t drafted that way, but then a lobbyist representing law enforcement—tight with a booming drone industry—got his hands on it.

 

The bill’s stated intent was to require police to obtain a search warrant from a judge in order to use a drone to search for criminal evidence. In fact, the original draft of Rep. Rick Becker’s bill would have banned all weapons on police drones.

 

Then Bruce Burkett of North Dakota Peace Officer’s Association was allowed by the state house committee to amend HB 1328 and limit the prohibition only to lethal weapons. “Less than lethal” weapons like rubber bullets, pepper spray, tear gas, sound cannons, and Tasers are therefore permitted on police drones.

 

Even “less than lethal” weapons can kill though. At least 39 people have been killed by police Tasers in 2015 so far, according to The Guardian. 

And just in case you’re wondering why North Dakota rolled over so easily. The state is desperate for “economic growth,” even if that growth expands GDP via fascist panopticon surveillance.

Drones in North Dakota are a profitable enterprise in a state hit hard by the oil bust. Companies that market machines for agricultural and commercial use have been popping up in industrial parks on the outskirts of Grand Forks for the better part of the last three years. The university, one of the city’s largest employers, even offers a four-year degree in drones. The Air Force has partnered with the private sector to create a drone research and development park, too.

 

Drones are overwhelmingly seen as a good thing in North Dakota, which is perhaps why few noticed when HB 1328 passed with a clause allowing them to be armed with non-lethal weapons.

Because it’s imperative to national security that we make this, so much easier…

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Great work North Dakota. Let’s hope the rest of us aren’t so hopelessly stupid.

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The Chief's picture

....and South Dakota will be the first state to legalize personal anti-aircraft batteries....a quad 50 on the back of an F250.

Santini Air's picture

OMG!  dr0Nez!  We l0ve you!

Dutti's picture

Welcome to the future!

Oh sorry, the war against terrorists in North Dakota is on NOW

NoDebt's picture

I predict drones will become increasingly popular for "police" activities.  Because there are certain acts even a cop won't do in person.  Plus the possibility of getting snagged on a cell phone vid beating a "suspect" unconscious or dead have just gotten too high.  The PR aspect of this is just tilting increasingly negative for them.  

But with a drone you can perform acts as inhuman as you like.  Ask Obama.  He knows all about this shit.

Fahque Imuhnutjahb's picture

I'm in the process of retrofitting my drone with a flame thrower.  Now if I can figure out a way to make it rub

rock salt into the burns I'll be set.

realmoney2015's picture

Meanwhile, in a city far, far away....a bunch of empty suits get together to ban 'assualt' weapons, because there is no need for them. 

Weaponized, un-manned drones flying over my house. The purpose of my arms are not for deer and bear, its for anyone or anything that tries to take my rights or my life away from me. 

I pray for our future. Once again, all of the leading candidates (Clinton, Trump, Sanders) want to take our guns and continue with the imaginary war on terror. 

SoilMyselfRotten's picture

Imagine where these will make their debut.....the border has my vote

realmoney2015's picture

Yup. I've heard candidates, like Trump and Carson, specifically, say that they will drones to secure the border. Of course they couldnt use that as a trial and an excuse to make that a nationwide practice. That would be like, um, 9/11 and the war on terror. Wake up people dont give in to the government and their push to take our rights.

Remember who stood by himself on the Senate floor for 13 hours talking about the dangers of drones????

That's half the sales (now through the 7th) of my candles go to support the only candidate who is pro-civil liberties: https://www.etsy.com/shop/ScentSavers?ref=hdr_shop_menu

 

 

COSMOS's picture

The next step is automated drones with AI that way they can blame the shots fired on a computer glitch.

813kml's picture

It's not a bug, it's a feature.

Keyser's picture

Hmm, anyone interested in crowd-funding an Anti Drone Balastic Defense System? This ruling portends that this will be a growth industry in the near term... 

813kml's picture

I plan to only travel at night, always wear a space blanket to reduce heat signature, and to carry a bag of kittens so I can throw one out as a distraction.

Al Gophilia's picture

Liberty....... Aaaaaannnnnnnd it gone!

End the Fed!

tdag's picture

fear mongering...aaand it's here. (don't get me wrong...the "police state" is oh, so alive and well in the service of the elites--and it's a fucking joke to play into this bullshit).

Cadavre's picture

WTF The Dalkotas ain't a hotbed for street activism + PLUS - the problem with drones is that they're easily hacked and could be turned against the very people using `em.

Was the battle of the little big horn in ND? Is a repeat of that the big deal?

I saw Fargo. North Dakotians seem to be preoccupied with not appearing too Canadian.

But oooh-la-la-laaa -  dat easy DHS money for a low revenue state paid with money from the citizens in high revenue states.

And like Ed Snowden, when the shit hits the fans are those operators going to target the people they grew up with, or the gestapo kapos tell'n `em "Shoot shoot shoot".

Humanity  is the biggest threat to the police state. The polie state will be gutted from the inside out.

Took Red Pill's picture

Meanwhile, there's a war on against civilians having drones. If you notice all the stories in the media about people flying their quadcopters too close to planes, over the White House lawn, etc. These are toys! The drones the cops and military have are much bigger and more powerful. They don't want us to have drones so they'll create lots of laws against them to "protect" us. Even the link to the original story in the Daily Beast has a picture of a toy quadcopter photoshopped with police lights and weapons. They don't look like that. They look more like a plane than a quadcopter. 

Cadavre's picture

Been thinking about getting one fromDJI. Cheap, good cameras, auto reurn, etc- they're quad copters

Took Red Pill's picture

yes, i have one. They are easy to fly. You just can't be an idiot with it.

Manthong's picture

North Dakota Becomes First State To Legalize Drones Weaponized With Tasers, Tear Gas, Rubber Bullets & Sound Cannons

So when will the first drone put a Taser projectile in someone’s eyeball?

Not so easy to hit center mass through a floating video camera yet.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=THLT5iJldk0

 

SoilMyselfRotten's picture

Not so easy to hit center mass through a floating video camera yet.

 

that's where the Hellfire missile comes in

Manthong's picture

This is nuckin futs..

Maybe it the fracking chemicals in the groundwater that has put them beyond the boundaries responsible governance.

..and I thought they had half a brain up there.

Keyser's picture

It's the 60 years of CIA shaped mind-control inflicted on the people via the boob tube... 

Al Gophilia's picture

Find and destroy the command centre. Solved.

Cadavre's picture

Ya wanna control the people of North Dakota - just don'y salt the roads. 

American ingenuity could buid a bitch better than Charlene. Maybe not a trophy gal, but she do throw a load. Or, modify a kitchen appliance?

Victor von Doom's picture

"I'm in the process of retrofitting my drone with a flame thrower.  Now if I can figure out a way to make it rub

rock salt into the burns I'll be set."

Have a light shotgun loaded with rocksalt slung beneath the flamethrower - problem solved!

"My greatest flaw. I surround myself with idiots."

- Victor von Doom

techpreist's picture

An NSA agent has already been caught using Crypto City resources to stalk his ex-girlfriend, so who knows what other uses they could come up with.

The first wave of it, which I saw while living in Iowa, was 'fine hunting,' or using automated spying to catch minor infractions and fine farmers. just like traffic cams, expect the surveillance society to keep increasing in even the remotest places.

For the article, I could see the use of non-vis optics as a means of dehumanizing the enemy. No faces, just heatmaps.

ChargingHandle's picture

John Conner will defeat the machines for mankind. 

Perimetr's picture

Coming soon to a neighborhood

near you

mtl4's picture

That should make for some real fun target shooting for folks trying to sight in their guns before hunting season.

The Chief's picture

...be the first guy to become a anti-drone "Ace"....get a street named after you.

brewing's picture

North Dakota is smart - they're protecting themselves from the trash of the other 49 states...

Victor von Doom's picture

Wonder what they'd look like mounted on the wall?

 

"My greatest flaw. I surround myself with idiots."

- Victor von Doom

Dr. Engali's picture

We're the MIC......, delivering freedom bombs across the globe.

NoDebt's picture

Round my parts we call it "Kinetic Democracy".

ThroxxOfVron's picture

"We're the MIC......, delivering freedom bombs across the globe. "

...AND TO YOUR DOOR.

Welfare Tycoon's picture

Jesus Fucking Christ. 

The only thing that pisses me off more than this happening is that there are probably millions of brain dead fucktards across America who are watching this and approving because this is "going to be used on dangerous armed criminals to make the streets safer". 

I'm going to out on a limb here and say on an optimistic note only 5% of the U.S. population is intelligent enough/has the foresight to know what the real purpose of these drones are ultimately meant for. 

1984 ain't shit bitchez

 

 

 

 

 

COSMOS's picture

A man's last meal?

Id be weary of drones bearing gifts.

mtl4's picture

I thought these were going to be Amazon drones?!

techpreist's picture

I posted it on a few threads already, but why not spam this again?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RxBa5bQfTGc

Whether anyone likes it or not, we are rapidly entering the age where anyone can create anything they want, or failing that, download it from someone else to their personal auto-factory. I don't think it will be long before the darknets have plans out for building weaponized sentries and drones; undoubtedly banned, but it won't matter because you can make them at home.

Personally I'm surprised no one has done it yet. Going off the flamethrower thread, take one of those, attach it to the sentry in the video, and then put it on a giant RC car. I could also see Earth Liberation Front or similar environmental groups creating napalm bombs (they used to publish guides on it; sick group) and dropping them on "urban sprawl" developments. There are plenty of possible 'us vs. them' scenarios here.

Hopefully it's scary enough to get people out of the recliner and start giving a damn about what's happening all around them.

Victor von Doom's picture

Or involved in doing it themselves. I've been doing it with Doombots for years.

 

"My greatest flaw. I surround myself with idiots."

- Victor von Doom

Jack Burton's picture

Bingo. 5% of Americans is about right. The others are braindead from US Public School Educations, Corporate Media and MTV, and a diet of corn syrup laced junk food.

The youth let Government educate them.

Fast food joints feed them

Croporate media create youth culture for them

and mains tream media inform them of the news.

 

brucekeller's picture

Colorado.  First to legalize drones for anti-anxiety deployment. Armed with twenty blunts a payload, just press Snoop's face on your iPhone or Android if you're feeling down.

Tall Tom's picture

Flooding this site with your ads is as annoying as those "I earned $65,000 last month on my brother's computer..." ads.

 

Stop spamming.

One of these is not like the others..'s picture

His server is off line anyway...

post turtle saver's picture

I can't wait for one of these things to get hacked, then sent over to Grand Forks County Sheriff Bob Rost's humble abode for a rollicking good time of gassing, tazing, and general mayhem...

this one's for you, Bob... let's open up the phone lines to our viewers...

http://gfcounty.nd.gov/sheriffs-department