Venezuela Drafts Law To Shoot Down Unidentified Aircraft

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Straying into Venezuelan airspace could soon have dire consequences. According to Bloomberg News, the government has drafted legislation that would allow the air force to shoot down any unidentified aircraft entering its airspace. Drug-running aircraft use the cover of the country's remote, mountainous landscape to transfer their cargo from South America to the U.S. But the rugged country will become a lot more visible to air force interceptors under the bill. Part of the legislation calls for the expenditure of $220 million to purchase 13 Italian and Chinese radar stations that will illuminate the countryside. President Hugo Chavez is expected to decree this and a package of other legislation into law in the next year.