A UK newspaper, The Express, is reporting that former LAPD officer Chritopher Dorner is the first human being to be targeted by a drone on U.S. soil:
A senior police source said: “The thermal imaging cameras the drones use may be our only hope of finding him. On the ground, it’s like looking for a needle in a haystack.”
Asked directly if drones have already been deployed, Riverside Police Chief Sergio Diaz, who is jointly leading the task force, said: “We are using all the tools at our disposal.”
Microsoft’s portal, MSN Now, excerpted The Express article here.
Many Twitter users are in full-blown freak-out mode:
— Shailja Patel (@shailjapatel) February 11, 2013
In other news they are AUTHORIZING Drone strikes on Chris Dorner. They want him dead. Not alive. Look at how dirty the #LAPD really is.
— [Unknown] (@TuffPoverty) February 11, 2013
— pannonica (@future_esq) February 11, 2013
I hope Chris Dorner gets prosecuted through due process, not just a drone assassination..
— dizor (@dizor) February 11, 2013
Word! RT @UFOFev: US using drones to target accused cop killer Christopher Dorner , if he gets killed by a drone than its just like T2.
— Hype (@HypeDaGreat) February 11, 2013
Dang…they sending out the drone to kill Chris Dorner….they not even gonna try to arrest him huh… #Illuminati
— Pre Vizsla (@Da_Focus_Point) February 11, 2013
— PattyLittleGIANTKing (@chessie1222) February 11, 2013
Watch this drone kill some innocent hikers, or people picnicking #Dorner
— Adrian Oter (@Daredevil191) February 10, 2013
If they kill this Dorner fella with a drone I'm moving nowhere because literally nowhere is safe.
— Bryan (@MurderBryan) February 10, 2013
These Tweeters may not have seen the subtitle under The Express’ headline: “Police plan to use spy drones in the hunt for a Rambo-style ex-soldier and policeman who has murdered three people and vowed to kill again” (emphasis added).
Spy drones are used for surveillance purposes, not air strikes.
Unfortunately, the MSN article summarizing The Express’s article omits any mention of spy drones. Here is the MSN Now excerpt, in its entirety:
Fugitive alleged LAPD-killer is first drone target on U.S. soil
It’s official: The drone war has come home to America. Wanted fugitive Christopher Dorner, the homicidal former cop currently at war with the LAPD, has become the first known human target for airborne drones on U.S. soil. Their use was confirmed by Customs and Border Patrol spokesman Ralph DeSio, who revealed the government’s fear that Dorner will make a dash for the Mexican border. The fugitive has already killed three people, according to police, and has a $1 million bounty on his head. Dorner, who has military training, is believed to be hiding in the wilderness of California’s San Bernardino Mountains, where locating him without air support may be all but impossible
— Mikhail Lyubansky (@mikhaill) February 11, 2013
Correction / Update:
We changed “Microsoft Network” to “MSN.”