Police State: Surveillance Drones To Be Launched In Orlando Skies...

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    Oh boy, this one should get the Authority-Worshipping Goose Steppers very excited. Big Brother and his new toys. Yippee!!


    Sheriff's Office wants to fly drones over Orange County skies

    The Orange County Sheriff's Office is experimenting with two surveillance drones that it hopes to turn loose over Metro Orlando skies this summer.

    Sheriff's spokesman Jeff Williamson would not reveal specific uses for the drones, larger versions of which are known for flying over tribal regions of Afghanistan and Pakistan to drop bombs on suspected terrorists.

    But Williamson did say Orange's remote-controlled planes would not be armed. The agency still needs approval from county leaders and the Federal Aviation Administration to use them. The FAA said it does not comment on drone applications.

    Privacy advocates oppose drones for civilian use, saying they can too easily be used to snoop on law-abiding citizens, not just criminals or those thought to be doing something illegal.

    "This is unwise and unnecessary. … Sheriffs are supposed to be sheriffs, not the U.S. Army," said Doug Head, a Democratic activist who closely follows Orange County politics.

    Even so, drones are being deployed all over America, with at least 60 applications made to the FAA.

    Most are being flown along the Mexican border by law-enforcement agencies looking for people crossing illegally into the United States.

    In Florida, drones are being tested by Miami-Dade Police Department. The Polk County Sheriff's Office tried them a couple of years ago but decided they were too expensive.

    Williamson, who declined a request by the Orlando Sentinel to photograph the department's drones, said the Orange County models have a wingspan of 3 to 4 feet. He said he did not know the manufacturer or model number.

    The armed Predator drones flying over Pakistan and Afghanistan are somewhat larger than a two-seat, single-propeller Cessna and cost about $4 million apiece.

    The ones in Orange County cost $22,000 to $25,000 each, Williamson said. The money to buy them came from a grant, but he said he was not sure which program.

    Although Williamson would not say exactly how the drones would be used, he wrote in an email that they might be deployed when looking for explosives, barricaded suspects and to inspect "hostile/inaccessible terrain" or at train accidents.

    As for civil-rights concerns,...

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    Drones could soon be flying in Orange County skies - OrlandoSentinel.com
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    Get used to it. More law enforcement agencies are moving in this direction and the public doesn't seem to care one bit.
     
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    Well, i can't argue with ya there. Most of the Public doesn't seem to care.
     
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    Trading freedom for security. How far down that road are we willing to go?
     
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    Sure will be funny when they get shot out of the sky...
     
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    As of now, nothing they gain from this illegal invasion of privacy, can be used in court.

    So far..................
     
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    I'm sure there will be occasional incidents of that happening, but by and large, people will sit by and do nothing like normal.
     
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    I read an article about this several months ago, and it seems the feds sold a bunch of these to county sheriff's offices across the nation at a very low price. The problem is that from the date of purchase, the individual sheriff offices are responsible for all storage, maintenance and operating costs.
    I think that them flying them from time to time has more to do with regular maintenance and them practicing for operations should the ever be needed.
    I know of a county not far from us that purchased two of them a couple of years ago, but both are being kept in storage because that's all the county can currently afford.
     
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    I have to admit that was the first thing that crossed my mind, too. Target practice.

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    Time to build a super potatoe gun, maybe with nitrous!
     

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