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    Drones over U.S. get OK by Congress

    I am opposed to the use of drones for civilian law-enforcement. This paves the way for more abuse on 4th amendment rights,the government spying on the people and these things being everywhere.



    Drones over U.S. get OK by Congress - Washington Times
    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.
    The FAA Reauthorization Act, which President Obama is expected to sign, also orders the Federal Aviation Administration to develop regulations for the testing and licensing of commercial drones by 2015.
    Privacy advocates say the measure will lead to widespread use of drones for electronic surveillance by police agencies across the country and eventually by private companies as well.
    “There are serious policy questions on the horizon about privacy and surveillance, by both government agencies and commercial entities,” said Steven Aftergood, who heads the Project on Government Secrecy at the Federation of American Scientists.
    The Electronic Frontier Foundation also is “concerned about the implications for surveillance by government agencies,” said attorney Jennifer Lynch.
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    Re: Drones over U.S. get OK by Congress

    I would tend to agree. Hopefully the E.F.F. will be successful in shedding some light on who is doing what: Are Drones Watching You? -- Electronic Frontier Foundation
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    Re: Drones over U.S. get OK by Congress

    Why is 1984 becoming more and more of a reality?

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    Re: Drones over U.S. get OK by Congress

    Quote Originally Posted by jamesrage View Post
    I am opposed to the use of drones for civilian law-enforcement. This paves the way for more abuse on 4th amendment rights,the government spying on the people and these things being everywhere.

    Drones over U.S. get OK by Congress - Washington Times
    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.
    The FAA Reauthorization Act, which President Obama is expected to sign, also orders the Federal Aviation Administration to develop regulations for the testing and licensing of commercial drones by 2015.
    Privacy advocates say the measure will lead to widespread use of drones for electronic surveillance by police agencies across the country and eventually by private companies as well.
    “There are serious policy questions on the horizon about privacy and surveillance, by both government agencies and commercial entities,” said Steven Aftergood, who heads the Project on Government Secrecy at the Federation of American Scientists.
    The Electronic Frontier Foundation also is “concerned about the implications for surveillance by government agencies,” said attorney Jennifer Lynch.
    Police Officers and Firefighters. They sure love their toys.

    Only place I could see these making sense would be on the borders. Otherwise? Just one more waste of taxpayers' money.
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    Re: Drones over U.S. get OK by Congress

    Quote Originally Posted by MaggieD View Post
    Police Officers and Firefighters. They sure love their toys.

    Only place I could see these making sense would be on the borders. Otherwise? Just one more waste of taxpayers' money.
    This. In addition to this drones have been inside the US for quite some time (Drones Becoming Pervasive INSIDE America - Washington's Blog). This will only serve to erode our rights even further and lead us further down the path of becoming a full-on police state where any opposition against the government causes one to "disappear."

    EDIT: Look here as well (http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.p...t=va&aid=28616).
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    30,000 drones by 2020 in our own sky? Yeah why not? The bureaucrats always seem to have our best interests at heart.

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    Re: Drones over U.S. get OK by Congress

    My new home I am building is very remote and I guess the DEA thinks it is a prime pot growing spot. Every summer around harvest time a helicopter hovers over our garden so low I can see the guys faces. It completely pisses me off, as far as I am concerned this is a search without a warrant. I stand there and give them both middle fingers. At least a drone would be quiet I guess.

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    Re: Drones over U.S. get OK by Congress

    So..if both the liberals and the conservatives pretty much hate this, why have our elected "reps" voted positive on it?
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    Quote Originally Posted by KevinKohler View Post
    So..if both the liberals and the conservatives pretty much hate this, why have our elected "reps" voted positive on it?
    The left voted for it to support the copper/firefighter unions. The right voted on it to support the corporations that stand to make billions.
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    Re: Drones over U.S. get OK by Congress

    Quote Originally Posted by KevinKohler View Post
    So..if both the liberals and the conservatives pretty much hate this, why have our elected "reps" voted positive on it?
    I suppose representative is a relative term.

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