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Anti-drone revolt prompts push for new federal, state laws
Posted By admin On March 23, 2013 @ 6:39 am In Prison Planet | Comments Disabled
March 23, 2013
An unusual bipartisan revolt has erupted against law enforcement plans to fly more drones equipped with high-tech gear that can be used to conduct surveillance of Americans.
A combination of concerns about privacy , air traffic safety, facial recognition, cell phone tracking – and even the possibility that in the future drones could be armed — have suddenly placed police on the defensive.
A public outcry in Seattle last month prompted  the mayor to ground the police department’s nascent drone program. Oregon held a hearing  this week on curbing drones, following one in Idaho  last week. And on Tuesday, Rep. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) introduced  a federal bill that would require law enforcement to obtain warrants before conducting drone-based aerial surveillance.
Benjamin Miller, who runs the drone program for the sheriff’s office in Mesa County, Ariz., and represents the Airborne Law Enforcement Association, encountered a less-than-welcoming Senate Judiciary committee during a hearing on Wednesday.
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URLs in this post:
 CNet: http://news.cnet.com/8301-13578_3-57575863-38/anti-drone-revolt-prompts-push-for-new-federal-state-laws/
 privacy: http://news.cnet.com/8301-13578_3-57570751-38/homeland-security-lets-be-clear-about-aerial-drone-privacy/
 cell phone tracking: http://news.cnet.com/8301-13578_3-57572207-38/dhs-built-domestic-surveillance-tech-into-predator-drones/
 prompted: http://seattletimes.com/html/localnews/2020312864_spddronesxml.html
 held a hearing: http://www.oregonlive.com/politics/index.ssf/2013/03/oregon_drone_debate_balancing.html
 one in Idaho: http://www.spokesman.com/blogs/boise/2013/mar/15/drone-privacy-bill-headed-amendments/
 introduced: http://markey.house.gov/press-release/markey-drone-privacy-legislation-prevent-flying-robots-becoming-spying-robots
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