Twitter Explodes With Fears Of Armed Drone Strikes Targeting Chris Dorner

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A newspaper report which erroneously claimed that fugitive Chris Dorner would be the first American to be targeted with surveillance drones on U.S. soil led to a social media freak-out, with Twitter users expressing fears that armed drones had been authorized to assassinate Dorner.

The confusion was prompted by a UK Express article which reported that, “Dorner has become the first human target for remotely-controlled airborne drones on US soil.” The sub-headline of the article made it clear that the technology used would be “spy drones,” not armed drones.

Firstly, the claim that this incident represents the first time surveillance drones would be used against a U.S. citizen domestically is inaccurate. In 2011, police used a Predator surveillance drone against a family in North Dakota who were accused of stealing six cows.

Despite the fact that the report clearly referred to spy drones and not lethal drones, Twitter exploded with hysteria about how Dorner had now been marked for assassination.

As Twitchy documents, “Many Twitter users are in full-blown freak-out mode,” with innumerable messages condemning the notion that Dorner will potentially become the first American killed on U.S. soil with a drone.

Americans didn’t react with anything like the same level of outrage when 16-year-old Abdulrahman al-Awlaki was assassinated by an Obama-authorized drone strike in Yemen in 2011.

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