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Forum Post: 30,000 Domestic Drones to Fill the Sky, Civil Liberties at Risk

Posted 2 years ago on Feb. 9, 2012, 3:49 p.m. EST by GildasSapiens (266)
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"A bill has passed in the House and Senate this week that would increase the presence of drones in U.S. civilian airspace. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Reauthorization Act requires the FAA to alleviate many current rules on domestic drone authorization. Drones would now be able to fly in the same airspace as commercial airliners, private planes, and cargo jets. Up to 30,000 drones could be allowed in U.S. airspace by the end of the decade."

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2012/02/09-6

Full Spectrum Totalitarianism is coming to YOUR Street!

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[-] 3 points by Nulambda777 (6) 2 years ago

Just an idea:

Why not start a No Drone Fly Zone campaign in each state? If the people vote that their states airspace will not recognize drones in their airspace (our airspace) then we can stop what is probably the biggest threat to freedom right now.

Thoughts?

[-] 2 points by francismjenkins (3713) 2 years ago

Excellent idea ... and this should concern everyone (not just supporters of occupy wall st).

[-] 1 points by JackHall (401) 2 years ago

An unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), commonly known as a drone, is an aircraft without a human pilot on board. Its flight is either controlled autonomously by computers in the vehicle, or under the remote control of a navigator, or pilot (in military UAVs called a Combat Systems Officer on UCAVs) on the ground or in another vehicle. There are a wide variety of drone shapes, sizes, configurations, and characteristics. Historically, UAVs were simple remotely piloted aircraft, but autonomous control is increasingly being employed.[1] Their largest use is within military applications. UAVs are also used in a small but growing number of civil applications, such as firefighting or nonmilitary security work, such as surveillance of pipelines. UAVs are often preferred for missions that are too "dull, dirty, or dangerous" for manned aircraft.

UAV http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unmanned_aerial_vehicle [right click]

The First Drone Games http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zQ9tVxPkunI&list=PLE724501BDD60E5F7&feature=view_all [right click]

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[-] 1 points by fairforall (279) 2 years ago

The Obama administration has had great success with drones in the killing of innocents. Why should anyone be surprised?

[-] 1 points by Nevada1 (3985) 2 years ago

These drones could be used to designate the malcontents, to fill the 800 FEMA/Halliburton prison camps.

[-] 1 points by Chugwunka (89) from Willows, CA 2 years ago

Read 1984.

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[-] -1 points by egia (-103) 2 years ago

Flockupy #HR658: Geese bring down jetliners, so why can't doves take out #drones? #Anonymous #OccupyWallStreet #OccupyWallSt #Occupy #OWS

https://twitter.com/#!/WatchFrogsBoil/status/195624909668483078

[-] -1 points by 1sealyon (434) 2 years ago

This new rule is a huge economic and environmental opportunity. In South Africa cargo companies deliver overnight letters and packages with drones. This is nothing but good news. UAVs are used to transport emergency medical supplies, antidotes, as well as time sensitive documents without clogging highways and decreasing air pollution in urban areas.

http://arrowlighthaulage.co.uk/arrowblog/132/e-juba-a-new-type-of-courier-service/

[-] 1 points by GildasSapiens (266) 2 years ago

"ACLU states: As we explained in our recent report, drone technology is advancing by leaps and bounds, and there is a lot of pent-up demand for them within the law enforcement community. But, domestic deployment of unmanned aircraft for surveillance purposes has largely been blocked so far by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), which is rightly concerned about the safety effects of filling our skies with flying robots (which crash significantly more often than manned aircraft). Unfortunately, nothing in the bill would address the very serious privacy issues raised by drone aircraft. This bill would push the nation willy-nilly toward an era of aerial surveillance without any steps to protect the traditional privacy that Americans have always enjoyed and expected. We don’t want to wonder, every time we step out our front door, whether some eye in the sky is watching our every move."

But your naive faith in an utterly benign Government (that shows no authoritarian or totalitarian tendencies, honestly!) is very touching.

[-] 1 points by nobnot (529) from Kapaa, HI 2 years ago

When will our drone corporations privatise the (FAA).If not that maybe there lakeys in congress will change a few rules for them.Oh I know such a thing could never happen in the good ol U.S..

[-] 0 points by 1sealyon (434) 2 years ago

Actually the Gov is alarmingly malignant.

The point is that this creates a tremendous business opportunity and a way to to reduce auto and aircraft emissions ( to say nothing of the complete change in the way Domino's does business) . We should rejoice that Gov is stepping out of the way of the of the people to use our technology to benefit everyone.

[-] -1 points by 1sealyon (434) 2 years ago

BTW, if you worry about "... every time we step out our front door, whether some eye in the sky is watching our every move"., just imagine all of the great images of distant galaxies taken by the Hubble space telescope. Are you imagining them? Ok, now think of the same apparatus, orbiting the earth, only 1000 times better and turned around facing the earth and looking in your window. Folks working for the US Gov have been using that tool for years.

[-] 0 points by gestopomillyy (1695) 2 years ago

you actually think thats what they are going to be used for? lol