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Sinister-looking unmanned ground vehicles called Wraiths are being deployed alongside aerial drones to police the Republican convention should protesters try to disrupt proceedings. It is not known which US government agencies are operating drones, which have been used extensively in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Yemen against al-Qaeda and Taliban targets on a ‘kill list’ overseen by President Barack Obama. United Drones built the Wraiths, which can travel at speeds of up to 65 mph and climb over virtually any structure or terrain. The stealth vehicles, which have been kept in reserve so far, can be operated from 100 miles away. Read more: www.dailymail.co.uk...
Originally posted by RealSpoke
lol, just kick that thing over, then pick it up and throw it. Or have a gas mask handy
TAMPA — Federal officials say unmanned drones will not be patrolling downtown's skies and streets during next week's Republican National Convention.
A Naples company planned to outfit small unmanned helicopters and ground vehicles with cameras and operate them on behalf of unnamed government agencies during the convention, according to a report that ran in the Tampa Tribune on Friday and on its website, TBO.com.
The part of the story about aerial drones patrolling the RNC is "completely inaccurate," Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Laura Brown said.
While military drones have become commonplace on the battlefield, they are restricted for civilian use. But even then the FAA doesn't generally allow "unmanned aircraft systems" — the FAA's preferred term for drones — in urban airspace, Brown said. Airspace around the Tampa Bay Times Forum will also be restricted during the RNC.
Originally posted by SolarIce
reply to post by yourmaker
and can self-destruct remotely
seriously? I was going to say it would be great to capture and rewire one of these bad boys...
but from the post above yours seems the protesters lucked out..for now
Originally posted by charles1952
I guess I'm not as worried about it as you are.