(VIDEO) Protesters question new drone facilitySubmitted by emalvini on Sat, 09/22/2012 - 14:23
(VIDEO) Protesters question new drone facility
Camp Ripley home to hangar
10:57 PM, Sep 21, 2012
CAMP RIPLEY — Some weigh as little as 4 pounds, so compact they can be launched by hand.
But unmanned aerial systems, better known as drones, have become a growing presence and a hefty source of concern for some at this Minnesota National Guard and civilian training facility north of Little Falls.
Construction of a new, $3.9 million unmanned aerial systems training facility at Camp Ripley sparked protest from antiwar groups outside the camp’s front gate Friday.
Use of drones, especially armed drones, by the U.S. military and other federal agencies has been a source of controversy since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, after which they were used in wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and in other countries.