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Concern for drones prompts action

County commissioners to urge FAA to consider public safety, privacy

Posted: Thursday, March 28, 2013 12:09 pm

A resolution approved by Clatsop County commissioners on Wednesday urges the Federal Aviation Administration to recognize public concern regarding a proposed training program at Camp Rilea.

The commissioners unanimously agreed that the FAA should adopt rules for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), also known as drones, that allow for legitimate uses while protecting privacy and ensuring safety.

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    • Sam Kephart posted at 9:04 pm on Thu, Mar 28, 2013.

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      Domestic drone usage is ill-conceived, elitist, and end-runs our inherent Constitutional protections.

      Here are two (2), very well-produced, videos that anchor my points:

      Emmy Award-winning newscaster Shad Olson’s ‘The Great Drone Debate’, featuring US Senator John Thune (7:41):

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ssoOASanKao

      Here’s a mind-blowing, well-done animated short that really captures our collective angst that if the road to perdition is paved with good intentions, then domestic drones are a superhighway to an Orwellian panoptic gulag (3:22):

      http://vimeo.com/59689349

      For national security purposes, Americans are already subject to warrantless wiretaps of calls and emails, the warrantless GPS “tagging” of their vehicles, the domestic use of Predators or other spy-in-the-sky drones, and the Department of Homeland Security’s monitoring of all our behavior through “data fusion centers.” 

      http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2012/03/ff_nsadatacenter/

      http://www.conservative-daily.com/2013/03/22/obamas-executive-order-gives-feds-green-light-to-spy-on-you/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=obamas-executive-order-gives-feds-green-light-to-spy-on-you

      America’s promise has always been the power of the many to rule, instead of the one. Ungoverned drone usage, particularly domestically, gives power to the one. 

       
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