New Land Mines: Networked Munitions
Defense officials say the weapons are still designed to kill people who cross forbidden territory, but the system would be activated or shut off by human operators.
Defense officials say the Spider would rarely be left to operate on its own. Human Rights Watch says since the mines could run automatically, they violate international consensus. Defense officials working on the new mines seem to be aware of the criticism. They don't call them land mines. Instead they're "networked munitions." The U.S. military last used land mines in combat during the 1991 Persian Gulf War.
Von: 12 September 2005, http://www.wandtv.com