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  • Yes just as long as it is used only for taking out threats to law enforcement.

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  • Yes for any reason like spying/surveillance and taking out threats to law enforcement

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    Should drones be allowed for law enforcement use in the US?

    Should drones be allowed for law enforcement use in the US?

    Yes, just as long as it is used only for spying/surveillance.
    Yes just as long as it is used only for taking out threats to law enforcement.
    Yes for any reason like spying/surveillance and taking out threats to law enforcement
    No not in any circumstance
    maybe/other



    Federal Aviation Administration FAA Pressed To Allow Drone Flights In United States - cbs11tv.com
    Unmanned aircraft have proved their usefulness and reliability in the war zones of Afghanistan and Iraq. Now the pressure's on to allow them in the skies over the United States.

    The Federal Aviation Administration has been asked to issue flying rights for a range of pilotless planes to carry out civilian and law-enforcement functions but has been hesitant to act. Officials are worried that they might plow into airliners, cargo planes and corporate jets that zoom around at high altitudes, or helicopters and hot air balloons that fly as low as a few hundred feet off the ground.

    On top of that, these pilotless aircraft come in a variety of sizes. Some are as big as a small airliner, others the size of a backpack. The tiniest are small enough to fly through a house window.

    The obvious risks have not deterred the civilian demand for pilotless planes. Tornado researchers want to send them into storms to gather data. Energy companies want to use them to monitor pipelines. State police hope to send them up to capture images of speeding cars' license plates. Local police envision using them to track fleeing suspects.






    Just think years ago the idea of this would have probably sounded like the rantings of someone wearing a tin foil hat. I want to say no. I do not want to open the door for the government to have flying cameras spying on citizens and taking them out. These things should only be used in war zones and taking care of threats of foreign soil. They already got those little track wheel robots that should be enough.
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    Re: Should drones be allowed for law enforcement use in the US?

    Depends. You'd have to address safety considerations of course, and also privacy concerns. I oppose the panopticon surveillance-state, but some limited use might be ok.

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    Re: Should drones be allowed for law enforcement use in the US?

    Quote Originally Posted by Goshin View Post
    Depends. You'd have to address safety considerations of course, and also privacy concerns. I oppose the panopticon surveillance-state, but some limited use might be ok.
    I am worried that eventually the government would use that inch we give them to take a mile.
    "A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murder is less to fear"

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    Re: Should drones be allowed for law enforcement use in the US?

    Quote Originally Posted by jamesrage View Post
    I am worried that eventually the government would use that inch we give them to take a mile.
    I always worry about that. Check my sig line.

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    Re: Should drones be allowed for law enforcement use in the US?

    The problem with this kind of thing is determining if the values of such outweigh the dangers.

    Personally, I would tentatively be ok with it only if strict laws/rules as to their legal usage are were put place.

    But, like others on this forum and elsewhere, I am very, very, VERY leery of placing more power in the government’s hands.

    As I personally think they hold far to much already.
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    Re: Should drones be allowed for law enforcement use in the US?

    I think this is a sensible measure that would save police manpower and even lives.

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    Re: Should drones be allowed for law enforcement use in the US?

    Quote Originally Posted by Korimyr the Rat View Post
    I think this is a sensible measure that would save police manpower and even lives.
    However, it could easily be misused.

    But I agree, it could save police manpower and lives.
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    Re: Should drones be allowed for law enforcement use in the US?

    I say

    **** the Police
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    Re: Should drones be allowed for law enforcement use in the US?

    Quote Originally Posted by Arch Enemy View Post
    I say

    **** the Police
    Bit kinky, aren't you?
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    Re: Should drones be allowed for law enforcement use in the US?

    Only under very limited and narrowly defined circumstances, such as a manhunt or missing child.

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