Holt says ‘no’ to armed drones

Rep. Rush Holt responded to the public disclosure of a 2010 Department of Homeland Security report in which U. S. Customs and Border Protection has considered arming its Predator drones with “non-lethal weapons designed to immobilize” targets.

“We must say no to armed drones and stop this insanity before it becomes reality. Armed drones have no place in America,” said Holt. “The public disclosure of this DHS report confirms what I have contended previously and provides more than enough evidence for my previous efforts to ban armed drones in America.”

It’s scary enough to know that unmanned drones may be conducting unwarranted surveillance on innocent Americans, but now the government wants to use them to “immobilize” human beings. Enough is enough.”

In 2012 Holt won approval in the House of Representatives for his amendment to prevent the U.S. Department of Homeland Security from funding “the purchase, operation, or maintenance of armed unmanned aerial vehicles” as a part of the House passed Fiscal Year 2013 spending bill for the Department.

While the Holt armed drone prohibition was not included in the final spending bill last year, Rep. Holt joined with Rep. Alan Grayson to reinsert the prohibition in the pending Fiscal Year 2014 spending bill for the Department of Homeland security.

A copy of the report entitled “Customs and Border Protection 2010 Drone Concept of Operations Report for Congress”  is available for download.

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