DRONE BORDER WATCH

There's been a lot of talk in the last year about letting unmanned planes keep an eye on American borders. A vigilante group even started using its own drone to do wilcat patrols. Now, the Homeland Security Department is officially committing to a robotic border watch."The first unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to be used on the U.S. land border will be tested and deployed in 2004," a department fact sheet reads. "This technology will allow Homeland Security officers to better monitor remote border locations in the day or at night. In addition, specially-equipped long-range P-3 surveillance aircraft will fly hundreds of additional hours in support of both counter drug and counter terrorism efforts."

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