Category Archives: Customs and Border Patrol

The Urbanization of Drone Warfare: Policing Surplus Populations in the Dronepolis

For actual paper follow this link. Abstract. This paper explores the urbanization of drone warfare and the securitization of the “surplus population.” Defined as a bloc of humanity rendered as structurally unnecessary to a capital-intensive economy, the surplus population is … Continue reading

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The Endgame: The War of All Against All (The Dronification of State Violence, Conclusion)

The Endgame: The War of All Against All (The Dronification of State Violence, Conclusion) “The practice of violence, like all action, changes the world, but the most probable change is to a more violent world” — Hannah Arendt, 1969[1] The … Continue reading

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FAA releases roadmap for opening America’s skies – but it’s not Skynet (yet)

Since the 1990s unmanned aerial systems, or drones, have operated on a limited basis within U.S. domestic airspace–the National Airspace System (NAS). The main user of drones in the NAS were public agencies, such as the military and border patrol. … Continue reading

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The “dronification” of U.S. law enforcement

A Freedom of Information Act lawsuit obtained by the Electronic Frontier Foundation has revealed that between 2010 and 2012, U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (Predator) drones were used in over 500 flights by other government agencies. This included over 100 … Continue reading

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Predator drones with surveillance technology and “signals interception” coming to Homeland

CNET reports on the development of customized Predator drones used by the Department of Homeland Security for identifying gun-carrying individuals and tracking cellular phones. Predator drones are currently used across the U.S.’ north and south national borders, and have been … Continue reading

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Predator drones in the U.S. Homeland a waste of money

Tom Barry writes on the fantastic waste of money and resources U.S. Customs and Border Patrol spends on enforcing its borders with Predator drones. Each Predator costs around $20 million, plus the millions of dollars needed to maintain the system. The CBP has … Continue reading

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Drones in Mexico

Mexican officials refuse to discuss full details concerning the extent of American participation. Mexico has acknowledged that they allowed the United States to fly non-piloted recon (drone) missions into Mexico. A Mexican official however will be present in the control … Continue reading

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