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    A House-Senate conference report this week called on the Administration to accelerate the use of civilian unmanned aerial systems (UAS), or “drones,” in U.S. airspace.

    The pending authorization bill for the Federal Aviation Administration directs the Secretary of Transporation to develop within nine months “a comprehensive plan to safely accelerate the integration of civil unmanned aircraft systems into the national airspace system.”

    “The plan… shall provide for the safe integration of civil unmanned aircraft systems into the national airspace system as soon as practicable, but not later than September 30, 2015.”

    The conference bill, which still awaits final passage, also calls for establishment of UAS test ranges in cooperation with NASA and the Department of Defense, expanded use of UAS in the Arctic region, development of guidance for the operation of public unmanned aircraft systems, and new safety research to assess the risk of “catastrophic failure of the unmanned aircraft that would endanger other aircraft in the national airspace system.”

    The Department of Defense is pursuing its own domestic UAS activities for training purposes and “domestic operations,” according to a 2007 DoD-FAA memorandum of agreement. (“Army Foresees Expanded Use of Drones in U.S. Airspace,” Secrecy News, January 19, 2012.)

    Update: In the recently enacted FY2012 National Defense Authorization Act (section 1097), Congress mandated that “the Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration shall establish a program to integrate unmanned aircraft systems into the national airspace system at six test ranges.” This new test range program is supposed to be established within 180 days.

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    I.have a drone...in my pants...
     
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    Obama keepin' an eye out fer terrorists an' Hispexican druglords...
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    Drones over U.S. get OK by Congress
    Tuesday, February 7, 2012 - Look! Up in the sky! Is it a bird? Is it a plane? It’s … a drone, and it’s watching you. That’s what privacy advocates fear from a bill Congress passed this week to make it easier for the government to fly unmanned spy planes in U.S. airspace.
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    Granny says if dey send one o' dem helicopter drones to peek inna window when she takin' a shower - she liable to shoot it outta the air...
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    The Sheeple just don't care much about this. They're way too busy watching their Porn & Reality TV, and blaming mass murder tragedies on each other. Distracted by mindless absurd follies. One guy put a dog on the roof of his car when he was young, the other guy ate dogs when he was young. See, those are the things the American Sheeple really care about. Meanwhile, a miserable Third World Police State is at our doorstep. It's just very very sad.
     
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    Here's lookin' at ya...
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    Police chiefs adopt code of conduct for drone use
    Thursday, August 16, 2012 - The nation’s police chiefs have adopted a code of conduct for their use of drones, including letting any images captured by unmanned aerial vehicles, or UAVs, be open to inspection by the public, and that the images not be stored unless they are evidence of a crime or part of an ongoing investigation.
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