In 2007 when the Federal Aviation Administration began issuing Drone licenses and allowing the operations of drone aircraft and drone airstrikes have increased in the following years.
Then in February when the L.A Times reported that over 1,400 licenses had been issued in the following years, an ensuing level of insecurity has since followed, with these domestic drone permits (now at a level much higher than previously thought there is room now for public scrutiny and even in the legal arena where the report went on to state:
That’s the problem, according to civil liberties groups. The technology is evolving faster than the law. Congress and courts haven’t determined whether drone surveillance would violate privacy laws more than manned planes or helicopters, or whether drone operators may be held liable for criminal trespassing, stalking or harassment.
“Americans have the right to know if and how the government is using drones to spy on them,” said Catherine Crump, a lawyer for the American Civil Liberties Union, which has called for updating laws to protect privacy.
A backlash has already started.
California has already seen the attempt and subtle successes and pitfalls (not to mention expense) of implementing a drone surveillance program. An article on Wired went on to say there was more than just an agenda when it came to the implementation and roll-out of one California Counties drone surveillance program.
The article went on to state:
Plans by the first California local government to deploy a surveillance drone were postponed Tuesday amid protests by rights groups who complained that Alameda County authorities were rushing the plan without public input.
“There has to be robust public engagement whether to deploy something like this,” said Will Matthews, a spokesman for the American Civil Liberties Union.
Alameda County is moving to become one of dozens of local law enforcement agencies nationwide to deploy the unmanned crafts. Some of the agencies include the Seattle Police Department, Miami-Dade Police Department and the Texas Department of Public Safety.
The argument stems from the FAA’s attempt to deploy drones and legalize the mobilization of drones into US airspace by 2015. A move that has County and State residents up in arms over the reasons, cost and method of the possibly 30,000 drones that are to be deployed over the next year and a half.
It seams like another battle between federal and state governments over the agenda and positive versus negative reactions. The public opinion is the Drones have to go, even legislators and UN officials agree that Drones are inhumane and violate privacy laws, since you cannot control 100% who or what they will record.
Stories of Fraudulent Drone operators, Groups calling Drones actions War Crimes and so many horror stories of Drone strikes (or assassinations) that it’s beginning to take a tole on the nerves of state law makers and the federal thugs that appear to have taken over.
Another report states that California is fed up the the fed and is working to ban and make Drones illegal in their state.
Saying that the government has no right to implement the drone devices and must in fact cease operations entirely:
States are ramping up efforts to pass legislation controlling both government and private use of drones and thus far 6 states have passed new law. Most of those new laws are directed at law enforcement and require a search warrant for the use of drones. While there are two bills (AB 1327 and SB 15) making their way through committees, California has yet to pass on legislation to protect the privacy rights of citizens. It is anticipated neither of these bills will be enacted before 2014 or even 2015.
Colorado state legislators already have the answer!
They have been issuing Drone hunting licenses to the public and town officials are having a hard time keeping up with demand:
“A small town in Colorado is considering an ordinance that would create a license and bounty for hunters to shoot down drones.
The Town of Deer Trail shall issue a reward of $100 to any shooter who presents a valid hunting license and the following identifiable parts of an unmanned aerial vehicle whose markings and configuration are consistent with those used on any similar craft known to be owned or operated by the United States federal government.” – ABC 7 News, Denver
Looks like the UAV’s have something to look out for themselves!
Within time California will either adopt a shoot on site policy, or the drones will be deployed and the pubic at large will be subject to constant surveillance.
The public opinion and vocal majority have spoken perhaps its time for legislators and both state and federal governments to come to an agreement before an international body of power steps in and we have to face the consequences of these continuing criminal actions