Skip to comments.Rand Paul Tries To Shoot Down Drone Surveillance
Posted on 06/18/2012 11:20:14 AM PDT by raptor22
National Security: The junior senator from Kentucky seeks to protect the Fourth Amendment from the advance of technology and require that all forms of surveillance by law enforcement require a warrant from a judge.
Does the right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures include aerial surveillance of your house and property? Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., thinks so.
He introduced the Preserving Freedom from Unwarranted Surveillance Act, which would require the government to get a warrant before using aerial drones to surveil U.S. citizens.
"Like other tools used to collect information in law enforcement, in order to use drones a warrant needs to be issued," Paul said Tuesday. "Americans going about their everyday lives should not be treated like criminals or terrorists and have their rights infringed upon by military tactics."
We live in an age awash with cameras in stores, banks, parking lots, and most public places. Many cities have red light cameras at intersections to catch scofflaws and cameras on neighborhood corners to monitor gangs and other bad guys lurking in high-crime neighborhoods. Police cars are constantly on patrol.
The operative word here is public and in these situations the expectation of privacy does not apply. Certainly as we fight an ongoing war on terror we tolerate, despite the excesses, an invasion of our privacy in the form of body scans, luggage searches and the like.
We accept these actions because they aid law enforcement in its legitimate duty and help protect us from the dangerous and the criminal.
The argument is that if you have nothing to hide you have nothing to fear. Yet we know the store is looking for shoplifters, the camera on that pole is looking for people running red lights or gangbangers
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Glad to hear it. Where are the other Pubbie Senators????
Drones will become commonplace in the next several years because 99% of politicians and citizens care zero about privacy.
Where can I get a dozen of those inflatable tanks and artillery pieces?
Im glad to hear it too. Everytime we give the government somemore leeway in the name of security we lose more of ours. Now the the HLS is entrenched we will never get rid of them or gain control of them because one government gets what they7 want they never give it up.
Another good bill destined to be buried in committee, as it does not forward the totalitarian agenda of unelected liberal bureaucrats!
Just glanced at your bio. Thanks for your service to the nation, FRiend. Hope all’s well down in Panama.
Now, you don't even hear this, drone surveillance of private citizens here in the States. Did it start under Bush? Or this is another one of those ‘flexible interpretation’ of the Patriot Act by the Obama admin?
/Did I mention how much I loath those tools?
Like your fellow countrymen, keep your head in the sand, if you wish.
Meanwhile private industry, the FAA, the military and law enforcement are all scrambling to open the skies to drones and utilize them for numerous purposes.
Disinformation, meaning citizens don’t care about their privacy.
As long as we allow corporatist fascism to be our government, we will continue to be subjects without any power over our won lives.
Big Brother ping
Thank you very much. Enjoying my retirement and will be a grandfather again in abour six months.
You would enjoy it here very laid back and cost of living is okay too.
It's all available on line -
they plan 3,000 plus of these drones - that's an ave of 60 per state = from full size to hummingbird size...they can see' far closer, can actually 'look' into your windows. p>It's the difference between reading lasses and a large magnifying glass - or better...and at 3,000 plus - they can cover every square inch of this country just about daily.
Right now, they are concentrating on farmers - as people are waking up to the Franenfoods being pumped out by factory farms and turning to organic and/or naturally grown foods - coupled with the goal of Monsanto and their hitched at thip gov't lackeys to control the worlds' food ("He who controls he food, controls the people" - both the money and the control are starting to slip away.
The gov' is outlawing raw milk/cheeses - which people have been living on for tens of thousands of years - arresting the farmers and destroying their product.
The drones are now targeting other farmers - like hog farmers, with cover rationale - with the goal in shutting them down - and keeping that money and control.
If you see no difference from satellites and small planes to these drones and their real purpose, you must be very busy - and not have had the time to learn about these drones and their intended purpose. (I won't even flesh out what could happen if Martial Law were imposed - with 3,000+ drones - some already armed and others can be quickly - against a citizenry on the ground, armed or not.)
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