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(VIDEO) Protesters question new drone facility

(VIDEO) Protesters question new drone facility

Camp Ripley home to hangar

Written by
Mark Sommerhauser
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.

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