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:






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

Highly misleading.

Correction / Update:

We changed “Microsoft Network” to “MSN.”