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Arab Dictatorship Tries to become First Non-NATO Government to Buy U.S. Drones

With the proposed sale of Predators to the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Congress will soon have to decide if expanding the sale of drone technology to non-democratic countries is a good idea.

The UAE wants to purchase an undisclosed number of the unmanned aerial vehicles for $197 million from General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc., a California-based defense contractor. If lawmakers approve the deal, they would set a precedent by allowing a non-NATO country to obtain drones from the U.S.

Arms control advocates have expressed concerns about the technology falling into terrorists’ hands or being used by governments against their own citizens.