Sunday, February 6, 2022


 2/4/22 Guardian:

The US is testing robotic patrol dogs along its frontier with Mexico that it says could provide “mechanical reinforcements” for border guards, in a move criticised by a leading domestic rights group as a “civil liberties disaster”.

Adding to the outcry, the company that developed the dogs, Ghost Robotics, has previously showcased a four-legged robot that has a sniper rifle attached to its back.

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) said this week that its research and development arm had offered border guards “a helping hand (or ‘paw’)” to work to “force-multiply” patrols.

“Due to the demands of the region, adding quadruped mechanical reinforcements is a smart use of resources,” the DHS said in a blog post.

Gavin Kenneally, the chief operating officer at Ghost Robotics, said the unarmed 45kg robot dog was “bred” to walk on sand, rocks and hills, as well as human-built environments such as stairs.

And why are unarmed robots a "civil liberties disaster"?  Probably because they speed up the arrest of unvaccinated border crossers.

I used to respect the ACLU for its often unpopular defense of free speech.  The Anti-Christian Litigation Unit lost its way some years ago.

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