Dump The Drones...

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    Great article by Bob Barr.


    What was once thought to take place only on battlefields and terrorist enclaves in lands far, far away, now will be coming to skies above American towns, cities and farms. Compliments of Congress and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), unmanned drone aircraft soon will be competing with airlines and private planes for air space over America.

    Earlier this year, Congress passed legislation reauthorizing the FAA. The legislation included important provisions to modernize the agency primarily responsible for the safety of air travel. Unfortunately — but as is the case with many bills passed by contemporary Congresses — it contains troubling provisions. Lurking within the FAA legislation is authority for law enforcement agencies as well as private entities to start launching drones to patrol American skies, “eyes in the sky” searching for all manner of activity by those of us on the ground.

    The road for this Orwellian policy was paved earlier this week as the FAA published basic, interim regulations for law enforcement agencies to become drone-approved. Some law enforcement agencies already had received permission to use drones on a limited, trial basis, and many others have been chomping at the bit to launch their own eyes in the sky. According to Bloomberg, the FAA had by April received applications from more than five dozen agencies, police departments and public universities.

    Law enforcement agencies argue this new form of spying on citizens will lead to “safer” communities. Even if such claims were accurate, such safety will come at a heavy cost to individual privacy.

    During a recent interview on “Special Report with Bret Baier,” columnist Charles Krauthammer ripped into the federal government’s new drone-friendly policy. The well-known conservative writer noted that drones, like those that now will be roaming American skies, are essentially “instruments of war.” Krauthammer emphasized that the Founding Fathers “had a great aversion to any instruments of war, any use of the military inside the United States.”

    Unfortunately, many other conservatives do not, or perhaps refuse to see what Krauthammer sees so clearly — that we have allowed our society to become heavily “militarized” at all levels since 9/11...

    Read more: Dump the drones | The Daily Caller
     
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    Mixed opinion on the drones... They would be great for something like monitoring traffic on the freeways or maybe even could be used to locate and track the paths of tornadoes BUT for spying on citizens or gathering info without a search warrant, I think NOT.
     
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    Such a slippery slope. The American People have handed so much of their Freedom & Liberty over to Big Brother, especially since 911. It's very sad.
     
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    How long before a drone hits a manned aircraft ?
     
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    It's all for the children. All for the children. ;)
     
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    What part of Neanderthal land do you live in? They have been using manned aircraft to enforce traffic violations in Virginia for over ten years now. Unmanned drones could do the job cheaper and with little to no risk for the aircraft operator. We are broke, remember? Using technology to cut costs is a good thing, right?
     
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    It's Orwellian to compete for airspace, so we can kill those who seek to kill us? Keep the drones. It keeps our kids off the battlefield.
     
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    Yup, Heil Big Brother and all that. Good job.
     
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    We invented and deployed a method to kill our enemies, without having to deploy troops. But you seem to think it's fascist?
     
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