Drones or Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) have been used by the US Air Force and the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) to survey war-afflicted areas such as Afghanistan and tribal areas of Pakistan for a long time now. Although initially meant to survey, they were later armed with missiles to even strike down threats and carry out other attacks if necessary.
According to Wired, the Pentagon wishes to requisition these drones to assist in a different way. While these vehicles have done a lot of damage on the military front, the can do a lot of good to civilians by preventing mass murders and, or rapes or other crimes.
Rosa Brooks, the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for rule of law and international humanitarian policy, is trying hard to turn Mass Atrocity Prevention and Response Operations or MAPRO, into a basic military function. If this does work out, all possible crime scenes could be captured on camera and used as evidence in a court of law.
It’s quite true that there can be many offenders who wouldn’t care about being prosecuted in a trial, but chances are that it can certainly reduce a lot of problems that many countries face. However, let's just hope that this “friendly neighborhood” eye in the sky doesn't go all Brig Brother on the community or we'll be dealing with invasion of privacy issues and that's a loophole that can be done without for those intending on committing crimes.
Publish date: February 11, 2011 9:54 am| Modified date: December 18, 2013 7:18 pm