The government has approved hundreds of domestic mini-drones. They will be used by police departments, first responders, and corporations throughout our country. They fly high and many are so small (20 pounds or less), you would never see them.
They are not armed but many could be and they can be equipped with infrared cameras which are able to peer through any wall or roof on your home. They are the warrantless searches of the near-future.
The FAA has granted 327 licenses and plans about 10,000 by 2017. This is only scratching the surface. They will be everywhere. They only cost $10,000 to $50,000 each and fly for about an hour.
This is an unacceptable invasion of privacy and completely ignores our constitutional rights. They have set up guidelines, give me a break, guidelines???
Drones have good uses such as finding lost people or chasing criminals but do you really believe they won’t be abused by the government? People have already been arrested based on the information gathered by law enforcement from drones and it was all done without a warrant.
We need strict guidelines governed by Congress. There is legislation is various state legislatures and in Congress to establish rules, but they move at a snail’s pace. The ACLU and other liberty organizations are suing but they are not moving fast enough.
The DHS has set up a working group to study the impact on our civil liberties but don’t hold your breath for them to accomplish anything.
As Charles Krauthammer said, the first one to shoot one down will be a national hero.
It’s time to email your congressmen and demand action!
If you think I am exaggerating, check out CNS News. The government made 13,753 requests for google email date in 2012, most without a warrant.
They will do whatever we let them get away with!
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