Posts Tagged ‘Federal Aviation Administration’
February 17, 2013 - Since 2007, the Federal Aviation Administration has issued 1,428 permits to domestic drone operators with 327 listed as still active. Among these permit holders are law enforcement, universities, state transportation departments and at least seven federal agencies. These remote controlled aircraft range from tiny model airplanes up to large Predator types which could be modified to carry weapons.
Just recently in Alabama, a midsized drone was used to monitor the bunker where a 65-year-old gunman held a 5-year-old boy hostage. Authorities refused to say who was operating the AeroVironment drone. The F.B.I. eventually stormed the bunker, killing the man and safely rescuing the little boy.
Reps. Ted Poe (R-Texas) and Zoe Lofgren (D-San Jose) introduced privacy legislation Thursday that would require police to get a warrant or a court order before operating a drone to collect information on individuals.
“We need to protect against obtrusive search and surveillance by government and civilian use,” Poe said.
15 states are considering proposals to limit drone use. The City Council in Charlottesville, Va., passed a resolution on Feb. 4 barring local police from using drones to collect evidence in criminal cases.
Some people say that the airspace above their homes is private property. Well, sorta. The Federal Aviation Administration governs the airspace and should you decide to place a tower or any object above the tree level in your yard you better be prepared to follow local and federal guidelines. Drones are considered aircraft, and guess what- aircraft have a the privilege, providing they obtained proper permits, to fly over your property. Should you decide to shoot one down, well, I hope you have some really good legal representation cause your ass is gonna need it.
It’s the times we live in folks. Look who occupies our White House and all the drastic things that have come about in such a short span of time. You know, like in the past four years. Our privacy rights, along with several other constitutional rights are being tested daily by those who seek to own us. This is no longer your grandfathers America. Better get used to it. -JRoycroft
- Drones, Coming Soon to Police Force Near You (readersupportednews.org)
- Surveillance Drones Take To The Skies Above U.S. (patdollard.com)
- Why Drones Should Make You Afraid. Very Afraid. (blogs.scientificamerican.com)
- Obama To Work On Drone Policy With Congress (huffingtonpost.com)
- U.S. a step closer to wide domestic use of drones (cbsnews.com)
May 23, 2012 – The future is here folks. Suddenly we find ourselves living in a society closely resembling that old cartoon series, “The Jetsons,” with drones now patrolling some of our cities. They’ve been spotted flying around Chicago watching the city during the NATO Summit and now some local law enforcement officials are talking about arming them with tear gas and rubber bullets.
The surveillance drone industry is already prepping for a propaganda blitz in an effort to get citizens used to the idea of drones flying around being as normal as seeing a helicopter flying around. It’s a way of conditioning you. Kinda like visual brainwashing.
I’m thinking, what if I’m outside my home, on my own private property and I see one of these things hovering above my house…what would my reaction be? I believe I’d have to test the government agency that decided to invade my air space and shoot the damn thing down.
Get used to it America…we are no longer living in a free society.
This is our future and it’s only gonna get worse. -JRoycroft
- Weaponized drones to patrol America? (bgtvmediaonline.wordpress.com)
- Fox’s Krauthammer Goes ‘Hard Left’ on Domestic Drones: ‘I Want a Ban’ (tarpon.wordpress.com)
- Surveillance Drone Industry Prepares Propaganda Blitz (musicians4freedom.com)