drones

Attack of the spy drones - Thousands of them will soon fill our skies

Wednesday, August 22, 2012 by: J. D. Heyes
Tags: spy drones, skies, FAA

eTrust Pro Certified

Most Viewed Articles
Popular on Facebook
CDC issues flu vaccine apology: this year's vaccine doesn't work!
The five biggest lies about Ebola being pushed by government and mass media
Why does the CDC own a patent on Ebola 'invention?'
Ultraviolet light robot kills Ebola in two minutes; why doesn't every hospital have one of these?
Tetanus vaccines found spiked with sterilization chemical to carry out race-based genocide against Africans
Oregon man serving prison sentence for collecting rainwater on his own property
Russia taking McDonald's to court, threatens countrywide shutdown
Global warming data FAKED by government to fit climate change fictions
The best way to help your body protect itself against Ebola (or any virus or bacteria)
Healthy 12-year-old girl dies shortly after receiving HPV vaccine
Ebola outbreak may already be uncontrollable; Monsanto invests in Ebola treatment drug company as pandemic spreads
HOAX confirmed: Michelle Obama 'GMOs for children' campaign a parody of modern agricultural politics
Ben & Jerry's switches to non-GMO, Fair Trade ice cream ingredients
W.H.O. contradicts CDC, admits Ebola can spread via coughing, sneezing and by touching contaminated surfaces
BREAKING: CDC whistleblower confesses to MMR vaccine research fraud in historic public statement
Monsanto's seed imperialism halted in Canada thanks to massive protests
Cannabis dissolves cancerous tumor in young infant, deemed a 'miracle baby' by physician
Top ten things you need to do NOW to protect yourself from an uncontrolled Ebola outbreak

Delicious
(NaturalNews) Travelers to any mid-to-large city in the U.S. have seen the scores of so-called "traffic cameras" sitting atop signal lights at intersections. They've seen them lurking on buildings and byways in cities and towns. Surveillance cameras, it seems nowadays, are literally everywhere.

Well, the Surveillance Society is about to expand across America, according to recent reports, and in ways once thought unimaginable in a country that was founded on a few key principles of liberty and freedom, one of them being the expectation of privacy, especially when there are no legitimate reasons for being watched.

Thousands of drones will soon be filling skies all across the U.S., according to several lawmakers who are opposed to, and uncomfortable with, plans in the works to allow drones to proliferate, and not all of them will belong to various government entities. What's more, Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, chairman of the House Subcommittee on Oversight, Investigations, and Management noted during a committee hearing in July that the Department of Homeland Security was recommended by the Government Accountability Office nearly four years ago to take the lead on the regulating of drone usage around the country, but that DHS - which did not send a representative to testify - has so far dodged the recommendation.

Tens of thousands on the way?

Absent those recommendations, Human Events magazine reported, the Federal Aviation Administration - which actually has been tasked by lawmakers to develop drone regulations - estimates as many as 30,000 drones will be licensed and put into use by 2020.

"People can accept that these [drones] are being used for a manhunt, as we use law enforcement helicopters ... in the sky for various law enforcement purposes," McCaul said during the hearing. "What they don't want to see is sort of spying without any mission involved in the plan."

Interestingly, noted privacy expert Amie Stepanovich, of the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC), during the hearing, DHS has one of the strongest privacy offices in the federal government, but it has been absent on the potential for surveillance abuse represented by so many drones.

In fact, she said last month, the office hasn't even performed a privacy assessment yet.

"We think that would be a great first step, and after that has been completed, to really go in to monitor [drones] and determine what they can be used for and what they cannot be used for," she told the panel.

Yes, for starters, at least.

Who will operate them and to what extent?

Rep. Ted Poe, R-Texas, a member of the House Judiciary Committee, sees nothing good about expanding the use of drones around the country. And he's skeptical about their use being limited to righteous surveillance.

"Who will operate these drones, and what will be their mission? Could it be a suspicious government agent who thinks someone looks kind of funny?" he wrote recently for Human Events.

"The EPA bureaucrat who wants to snoop on somebody's farm and watch Bessie the cow graze in the pasture? Or a nosy neighbor who wants to make sure someone's shutters are pretty and the flowers don't violate the homeowners' association rules?" he said, an apparent reference to recent reports that the Environmental Protection Agency was using drones to monitor the activities of farmers in Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska and Iowa.

"This is the kind of world that Americans could face as we enter this uncharted and unprecedented world of drone technology. Just because Big Brother can look into someone's back yard with a drone doesn't mean they should. That's why we have the Fourth Amendment."

Not all lawmakers agree. Rep. Henry Cuellar, D-Texas, says the Fourth Amendment's privacy protections extend to their "'persons, houses, papers, and effects,'" he said, a provision that "is not extended to the open fields."

Drones are coming. You should find out how your congressman feels about their proliferation.

Sources:

http://www.humanevents.com

http://dailycaller.com

http://www.naturalnews.com/036284_EPA_drones_farmers.html

Join over four million monthly readers. Your privacy is protected. Unsubscribe at any time.
comments powered by Disqus
Take Action: Support NaturalNews.com by linking back to this article from your website

Permalink to this article:

Embed article link: (copy HTML code below):

Reprinting this article:
Non-commercial use OK, cite NaturalNews.com with clickable link.

Follow Natural News on Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, and Pinterest

Colloidal Silver

Advertise with NaturalNews...

Support NaturalNews Sponsors:

Advertise with NaturalNews...

GET SHOW DETAILS
+ a FREE GIFT

Sign up for the FREE Natural News Email Newsletter

Receive breaking news on GMOs, vaccines, fluoride, radiation protection, natural cures, food safety alerts and interviews with the world's top experts on natural health and more.

Join over 7 million monthly readers of NaturalNews.com, the internet's No. 1 natural health news site. (Source: Alexa.com)

Your email address *

Please enter the code you see above*

No Thanks

Already have it and love it!

Natural News supports and helps fund these organizations:

* Required. Once you click submit, we will send you an email asking you to confirm your free registration. Your privacy is assured and your information is kept confidential. You may unsubscribe at anytime.