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The Department of Homeland Security and its Customs and Border Protection agency have deployed drones -- originally bought to guard America's borders -- to assist local law enforcement and other federal agencies on several occasions. The growing practice raises fears of militarization of local law enforcement, privacy intrusions and unchecked costs to taxpayers, The Guardian reports.
The aerial drone, the government's signature weapon of modern warfare, may be great at hunting down the latest terrorist but its managers could use a lesson in bargain shopping.
Whatever the outcome, it's clear drones will forever change the Old Dominion and other jurisdictions nationwide.
"Drones may soon be over your house taking down criminals, and your right to privacy right along with them," says Fox News Channel host and USA Today columnist Bob Beckel. The unmanned aircraft will also be able to listen in on cell phone messages, hack text messages and take pictures of license plates while they track fleeing criminals, he says.
Virginia Tech is among the places that are allowed to fly drones.
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The civilian market for military drones appears to be taking off.