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Predator drones from Grand Forks base aid local law enforcement

The unmanned aircraft have changed the way the military approaches warfare. But - without any public discussion - they've also become a tool used by local police and sheriff's departments. Some critics say the blending of military and police functions raises red flags.
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The unmanned aircraft have changed the way the military approaches warfare. But - without any public discussion - they've also become a tool used by local police and sheriff's departments. Some critics say the blending of military and police functions raises red flags.

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