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Anti-drone revolt prompts push for new federal, state laws

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Declan McCullagh
CNet [1]
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 [2], air traffic safety, facial recognition, cell phone tracking [3]– 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 [4] the mayor to ground the police department’s nascent drone program. Oregon held a hearing [5] this week on curbing drones, following one in Idaho [6] last week. And on Tuesday, Rep. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) introduced [7] 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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[1] CNet: http://news.cnet.com/8301-13578_3-57575863-38/anti-drone-revolt-prompts-push-for-new-federal-state-laws/

[2] privacy: http://news.cnet.com/8301-13578_3-57570751-38/homeland-security-lets-be-clear-about-aerial-drone-privacy/

[3] cell phone tracking: http://news.cnet.com/8301-13578_3-57572207-38/dhs-built-domestic-surveillance-tech-into-predator-drones/

[4] prompted: http://seattletimes.com/html/localnews/2020312864_spddronesxml.html

[5] held a hearing: http://www.oregonlive.com/politics/index.ssf/2013/03/oregon_drone_debate_balancing.html

[6] one in Idaho: http://www.spokesman.com/blogs/boise/2013/mar/15/drone-privacy-bill-headed-amendments/

[7] introduced: http://markey.house.gov/press-release/markey-drone-privacy-legislation-prevent-flying-robots-becoming-spying-robots

[8] Just Say NO: Seattle Residents Kill the City’s Drone Program: http://www.prisonplanet.com/just-say-no-seattle-residents-kill-the-city%e2%80%99s-drone-program.html

[9] The Federal Government Moves Forward with Drone Programs Despite Poor Planning and Lack of Oversight: http://www.prisonplanet.com/the-federal-government-moves-forward-with-drone-programs-despite-poor-planning-and-lack-of-oversight.html

[10] Texas Bans Drone Surveillance: http://www.prisonplanet.com/texas-bans-drone-surveillance.html

[11] Bill would clip wings of private drone use: http://www.prisonplanet.com/bill-would-clip-wings-of-private-drone-use.html

[12] Will Congress “Drone Caucus” Push for DHS Drone Oversight?: http://www.prisonplanet.com/will-congress-drone-caucus-push-for-dhs-drone-oversight.html

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