Dec 7, 2011

Border Politics: Drone Boosters in Congress

Border Lines: "The House proponents of expanded drone operations have their own caucus. Cong. Buck McKeon, the powerful Republican who represents the southern California’s 25th district, created the UAV Caucus – now called the Unmanned Systems Caucus -- in 2009. McKeon also chairs the House Armed Services Committee, where he promotes drone use in foreign wars.

Under Candice Miller’s chairmanship, the Border and Maritime Security Subcommittee of the Homeland Security Committee has become another major font of drone boosterism. The committee’s ranking member is Texas Democrat Henry Cuellar, who represents the border district of Laredo. Cuellar also serves as cochair of the Unmanned Systems Caucus." read more

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