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Groups Concerned Over Arming Of Domestic Drones

 With the use of domestic drones increasing, concern has not just come up over privacy issues, but also over the potential use of lethal force by the unmanned aircraft.

Drones have been used overseas to target and kill high-level terror leaders and are also being used along the U.S.-Mexico border in the battle against illegal immigration. But now, these drones are starting to be used domestically at an increasing rate.

The Federal Aviation Administration has allowed several police departments to use drones across the U.S. They are controlled from a remote location and use infrared sensors and high-resolution cameras.

Chief Deputy Randy McDaniel of the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office in Texas told The Daily that his department is considering using rubber bullets and tear gas on its drone.

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Comment by Boston Releigh
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Calling Larken for help? Nobody will save you from yourself. Besides, he can't hear you. He is probably in prison waiting for you. In a maximum security cell, you know because I am sure you have been there, why, it is too cold and lonely out there. Don't make him wait too long for your company. You are done here anyway.

Comment by Ed Price
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Hey Larken, ... where's Larken. We were right. These jokers ARE foreigners. Look at brag's comment, "... join them in the coming Christmas celebration." He got his holidays mixed up. And besides, he commented the same thing twice because his USA/Pakistan(?) Internet connection didn't hold up. Don't you just love it? We are having trouble over here in America, and these jokers enjoy it that way.

I gotta give them credit, however. They DO have a very good command of the English language considering where they are from. On the other hand, people will do a lot of things for money, or when their lives are threatened. So, if Pakistan were the major nation in the world, I would probably spend time learning Paki, or whatever their language is called.

Comment by Boston Releigh
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 You are absolutely right Annonymous75. Early this morning PBS announced 4 terrorist-extremists killed by a homing device called "drone" in Pakistan. Had Obama given the order to dispatch our soldiers to the terrorists' lair instead of just firing a "drone", at least one of them might not have come home back to their family this Memorial Week or join them in the coming Christmas celebration.

Comment by Boston Releigh
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You are absolutely right Annonymous75. Early this morning PBS announced 4 terrorist-extremists  killed by a homing device called "drone". Had Obama given the order to dispatch our soldiers to the terrorists' lair instead of just firing a "drone", at least one of them might not have come home back to their family this Memorial Week or join them in the coming Christmas celebration. 

Comment by Bertha Anonimo
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You must know why the Government prefers to use drones on terrorists and terrorist suspects. The factory is turning over hundreds of them everyday. Police casualties are reduced to zero when law enforcers are dispatched to get you. Unlike what you do to police officers when they come to arrest you and your suspect-sympathizers, you cannot badmouth a flying drone -- it is only a drone, no human feelings you can hurt. Indeed, was using drones to get the bad guys not an ingenius idea?

Comment by Ross Wolf
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Next: Police Drones—Recording Conversations In Your Home & Business To Forfeit Property?

Police are salivating at the prospect of having drones to spy on lawful citizens. Congress approved 30,000 drones in U.S. Skies. That amounts to 600 drones for every state.

It is problematic local police will want to use drones to record without warrants, personal conversations inside Americans’ homes and businesses: Consider the House just passed CISPA the recent Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act. If passed by the Senate, CISPA will allow——the military and NSA spy agency (warrant-less spying) on Americans’ private Internet electronic Communications by using so-called (Government certified self-protected cyber entities” that may share with NSA your private Internet activity, e.g. emails, faxes, phone calls and confidential transmitted files they believe might relate to a cyber threat or crime—circumventing the Fourth Amendment—with full immunity from lawsuits if done in good faith. CISPA does not clearly define what is an element or self-protected cyber entity, that could broadly mean anything, e.g. a private computer, local or national network, website, an online service.

Despite some cities and counties banning and restricting police using drones to invade citizens’ privacy, local police have a strong financial incentive to call in Federal Drones, (Civil Asset forfeiture sharing) that can result from drone surveillance). Should (no-warrant drone surveillance evidence) be allowed in courts circumventing the Fourth Amendment, for example (drones’ recording conversations in private homes and businesses, expect federal and local police civil asset property forfeitures to escalate. Civil asset forfeiture requires only a preponderance of civil evidence for federal government to forfeit property, little more than hearsay: any conversation picked up by a drone inside a home or business, police can take out of context to institute arrests; or civil asset forfeiture to confiscate the home/business and other assets. Local police now circumvent state laws that require someone be convicted before police can civilly forfeit their property—by turning their investigation over to the Federal Government that can rebate to the referring local police department 80% of assets forfeited. There are more than 350 laws and violations that can subject property to government asset forfeiture that have nothing to do with illegal drugs.

Consider: if CISPA is passed by Congress it will provide Government, police and government contractors (without warrants) the incentive (to take out of context) any innocent—hastily written email, fax or other Internet activity to allege a crime or violation was committed to cause a person’s arrest, assess fines and or civilly forfeit a business or property. U.S. Government can use CISPA to (certify any employee) including employees that work for a Government certified cyber self-protected entity—opening the door for certified employees to spy on their employers and clients. U.S. Government is not prohibited from paying any person including Government Certified Self Protected Cyber Entities, Elements or Certified Employees part of government forfeited assets or other compensation that result from the aforementioned providing U.S. Government a corporation’s confidential information or clients’ private information—that otherwise would require a warrant. U.S. Government currently contracts on a fee/commission basis with Self Protected Cyber Entities, Elements and Contractors that have security clearances to participate in facilitating arrests and Government asset forfeitures.

Currently Government can't use evidence obtained through illegal Internet searches of e.g. private emails and transmitted files without a warrant, however that will change if CISPA or a similar bill is passed by Congress. Since CISPA, two additional cyber-security bills have been created in the Senate called, “The Cyber Security Act of 2012” and “SECURE IT Act”. Both bills appear unconstitutional; appear designed to circumvent the Fourth Amendment. The Cyber Security Act of 2012 formally known as S. 2105 was created by Senate Democrats, Joe Lieberman and Susan Collins. Similar to CISPA, the Cyber security Act of 2012 would abolish legal walls that stop Federal government and private companies sharing information.

The SECURE IT Act: S. 2151 was introduced by Senate Republicans on March 1st 2012: would require federal contractors to alert government about any cyber threats, forcing such communications between government regulators and corporations. The SECURE IT Act authorizes sharing of persons’ private Internet information (without a warrant) going beyond what is necessary to describe a believed cyber threat. SECURE Act fails to create a regulatory system at the Federal level to oversee cyber-security threats opening the door for a person or businesses’ confidential information to be misused and misappropriated by government agencies and private cyber entities. 

Government should be prohibited from using independent contractors, created non-profit organizations and so-call (certified self protected cyber entities) to circumvent the Fourth Amendment. Corrupt police, U.S. Government Agencies and Government Contractors may too easily use private Internet transmissions, emails and transmitted files it is free to collect without a warrant to extort corporations, politicians and Citizens; or sell confidential information gleaned from warrant-less Internet Surveillance. Confidential Information in corrupt hands can be worth more than illegal drugs.


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