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Miami-Dade Police Drone Spotted Over Memorial Day Weekend Partiers
Gizmodo ^ | June 23, 2012 | BY ANDREW LISZEWSKI

Posted on 06/23/2012 4:04:05 PM PDT by James C. Bennett

After perfecting them overseas in military situations, it was only a matter of time before the government and law enforcement would start using aerial drones for monitoring US citizens back home. And that time is now, as partygoers in Miami recently discovered.

Back in January of 2011 Miami's police force acknowledged that they'd be the first in the country to employ camera-equipped drones to keep tabs on the city. So while its appearance isn't a complete surprise, this clip from YouTube user 'miamiearl' showing one of the drones monitoring partygoers at a recent Memorial Day weekend celebration, is still a little unsettling.

Of course, police departments all over the country have used camera-equipped helicopters to watch over their jurisdictions for years now. But these remote drones are able to fly a lot closer to the ground, which has citizens worried that the privacy they've enjoyed for years, or at least the feeling of privacy, is in jeopardy.

And it's not like this drone seen in Miami is just going to be a one-off occurrence. New FAA rules have given clearance for more drones to fill civilian skies over the coming years. So in the future, during your Fourth of July celebrations, you should probably get used to the idea of the skies being filled with drones, not just fireworks. [YouTube via Dave Winer via Dprogram.net via Prison Planet]



TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Technical
KEYWORDS: drone; police; policestate; quadrocat; spy
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1 posted on 06/23/2012 4:04:21 PM PDT by James C. Bennett
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To: James C. Bennett
ib4


2 posted on 06/23/2012 4:08:13 PM PDT by the invisib1e hand (they have no god but caesar)
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To: James C. Bennett

Thus starts a new cottage industry: the domestic SAM


3 posted on 06/23/2012 4:08:38 PM PDT by freedumb2003 (Guns Walked -- People Died -- Holder Lied -- Obama Golfed (thanks, Secret Agent Man))
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Shoot the damn things down.


4 posted on 06/23/2012 4:11:59 PM PDT by OwenKellogg
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Looks like something out of Star Wars.<br.
Something with similar intent.


5 posted on 06/23/2012 4:12:25 PM PDT by grobdriver (Proud Member, Party of NO! Nobama, No Way, No How!)
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To: freedumb2003
Thus starts a new cottage industry: the domestic SAM

We can but hope. Anyone in the market for a Stinger?

6 posted on 06/23/2012 4:13:40 PM PDT by ChildOfThe60s (If you can remember the 60s....you weren't really there)
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I didn’t know they used drones in Haiti.


7 posted on 06/23/2012 4:18:03 PM PDT by GeorgeWashingtonsGhost
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bttt


8 posted on 06/23/2012 4:22:24 PM PDT by maine-iac7
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To: James C. Bennett

Anybody put a bounty on these insulting things yet?


9 posted on 06/23/2012 4:24:19 PM PDT by DNME (A monarch's neck should always have a noose around it. It keeps him upright. — Robert Heinlein)
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To: freedumb2003
How powerful of laser would you need to fry its optics?
10 posted on 06/23/2012 4:27:04 PM PDT by KarlInOhio (You only have three billion heartbeats in a lifetime.How many does the government claim as its own?)
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This seems like a blatant constitutional violation. Where is that right to privacy now?


11 posted on 06/23/2012 4:31:15 PM PDT by ilgipper ( November cannot come soon enough)
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Say cheese!


12 posted on 06/23/2012 4:31:52 PM PDT by EGPWS (Trust in God, question everyone else)
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Marlin still make a goose gun?


13 posted on 06/23/2012 4:36:07 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-1IXQ1pKl_Q


14 posted on 06/23/2012 4:36:43 PM PDT by EEGator
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To: KarlInOhio

1.12 Gigawatts


15 posted on 06/23/2012 4:38:00 PM PDT by EEGator
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To: KarlInOhio

1.21 Gigawatts


16 posted on 06/23/2012 4:38:20 PM PDT by EEGator
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But of course we can’t use drones to monitor the border...


17 posted on 06/23/2012 4:39:15 PM PDT by Qbert ("The best defense against usurpatory government is an assertive citizenry" - William F. Buckley, Jr.)
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High strength monofiliment line attached to helium balloons. Area denial party balloonery.
18 posted on 06/23/2012 4:41:32 PM PDT by I am bigjohn
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To: ilgipper

It is. And that right went down the dumper years ago.


19 posted on 06/23/2012 4:42:51 PM PDT by carriage_hill (All libs & most dems think that life is just a sponge bath, with a happy ending.)
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>>1.12 Gigawatts<<

You have to throw a DeLorean at it?


20 posted on 06/23/2012 4:53:26 PM PDT by freedumb2003 (Guns Walked -- People Died -- Holder Lied -- Obama Golfed (thanks, Secret Agent Man))
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