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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

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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To: James C. Bennett

Shoot the damn things down.


4 posted on 06/23/2012 4:11:59 PM PDT by OwenKellogg
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To: James C. Bennett

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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To: James C. Bennett

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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To: James C. Bennett

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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To: James C. Bennett

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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To: James C. Bennett

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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To: James C. Bennett

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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To: James C. Bennett

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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To: James C. Bennett

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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To: James C. Bennett
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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To: EEGator; KarlInOhio

>>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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To: James C. Bennett

Just think had GW ordered these.


21 posted on 06/23/2012 4:55:56 PM PDT by TribalPrincess2U (Criminaliens or Crimigrants...0bamao's people? Answer: Evidently yes.)
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To: James C. Bennett
Gotcha drones covered...

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22 posted on 06/23/2012 5:06:36 PM PDT by TLI ( ITINERIS IMPENDEO VALHALLA)
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To: James C. Bennett
Some hacker will come up with an application that will override the police control and crash that damn thing. Time to get to work before we are totally devolved into a police state. Too bad those red light cameras are hard wired or that would be another good application.
23 posted on 06/23/2012 5:06:52 PM PDT by Logical me
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and they didnt shoot the sucker down?

Are there no men left?


24 posted on 06/23/2012 5:06:52 PM PDT by Chickensoup (STOP The Great O-ppression)
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To: Logical me
Some hacker will come up with an application that will override the police control and crash that damn thing.

Let's see... An antenna attached to a spectrum analyzer (to determine uplink frequency), RF generator, yagi (directional) antenna, a little time, soon them suckers will be dropping faster than a locus swarm dusted with DDT.

25 posted on 06/23/2012 5:22:47 PM PDT by Traveler59 ( Truth is a journey, not a destination.)
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To: freedumb2003

You at least need a flux capacitor.


26 posted on 06/23/2012 5:30:40 PM PDT by EEGator
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To: James C. Bennett

Patriot Act, TSA gropers, cameras at intersections, now drones.

It’s happening pretty fast in the land of the Free.

Rand Paul and others are trying to halt this acceleration of Big Brother, but I think too many of the sheeple are concentrating on reality TV and sports, or are drugged out, to care.


27 posted on 06/23/2012 5:43:17 PM PDT by SharpRightTurn ( White, black, and red all over--America's affirmative action, metrosexual president.)
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To: ilgipper
This seems like a blatant constitutional violation. Where is that right to privacy now?

How did this drone violate anybody's privacy?

28 posted on 06/23/2012 5:55:06 PM PDT by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: Chickensoup

Believe me...the men in that crowd had their eye on other targets that were closer at hand. Unfortunately, the targets were of the Holder persuasion...


29 posted on 06/23/2012 6:17:09 PM PDT by moovova
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To: James C. Bennett

What does it take to shoot them down? Anyone have any news articles on that?


30 posted on 06/23/2012 6:33:41 PM PDT by Star Traveler (Remember to keep the Messiah of Israel in the One-World Government that we look forward to coming)
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To: Star Traveler
What does it take to shoot them down?

We're working on a home version of the Phalanx

Currently there's a slight problem when the radar locks on to a random Piper Cub

31 posted on 06/23/2012 6:39:40 PM PDT by nascarnation
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To: Star Traveler

FIM-92 Stinger

32 posted on 06/23/2012 6:40:04 PM PDT by Bratch
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To: James C. Bennett

A little practice with a wrist-rocket should take care of these (without a “report”...)


33 posted on 06/23/2012 6:40:04 PM PDT by Cletus.D.Yokel (Catastrophic Anthropogenic Climate Alterations - The acronym explains the science.)
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To: Moonman62

How did this drone violate anybody’s privacy?


How did the Jews become the ones up for extermination during world war two, just one little step at a time.


34 posted on 06/23/2012 6:45:16 PM PDT by ravenwolf
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To: ravenwolf

There’s a $300 laser that will fry its optics from any distance. Wish I had $20 in my pocket though.


35 posted on 06/23/2012 6:53:54 PM PDT by bicyclerepair ( REPLACE D-W-S ! http://www.karenforcongress.com)
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To: ravenwolf

The fact is this drone was taking pictures of people in a public place. No Constitutional rights were violated, nor was any law broken.


36 posted on 06/23/2012 6:55:50 PM PDT by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: Traveler59

Do you suppose that’s how the Iranians snagged our drone, using spectrum analysis & the capture effect?


37 posted on 06/23/2012 7:13:20 PM PDT by elcid1970 (Nuke Mecca now. Death to Islam means freedom for all mankind. Deus vult!")
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To: Traveler59

Do you suppose that’s how the Iranians snagged our drone, using spectrum analysis & the capture effect?


38 posted on 06/23/2012 7:15:55 PM PDT by elcid1970 (Nuke Mecca now. Death to Islam means freedom for all mankind. Deus vult!")
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To: elcid1970; Cletus.D.Yokel
Do you suppose that’s how the Iranians snagged our drone, using spectrum analysis & the capture effect?

Maybe they just had a big wrist rocket ;-)

39 posted on 06/23/2012 7:29:39 PM PDT by Fast Moving Angel (A moral wrong is not a civil right: No religious sanction of an irreligious act.)
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To: James C. Bennett

That thing looks fake as hell.

The flying cat in #2 looks more capable.


40 posted on 06/23/2012 7:45:20 PM PDT by VeniVidiVici (Congrats to Ted Kennedy! He's been sober for two years now!!)
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To: James C. Bennett

Shoot about two or three of them suckers down and they will decide it aint worth the cost.


41 posted on 06/23/2012 8:33:38 PM PDT by crz
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To: Traveler59

I agree with the Judge. Whoever brings these drones down, is an American hero.


42 posted on 06/23/2012 10:49:18 PM PDT by SaraJohnson
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To: Logical me

Vasiline on a mop works. Sometimes the low tech solution is better.

In Chicago there are two areas where redlight cameras are regularly attacked with the result that the radar is pointed up at the sky or down at the ground. The first are the poor areas of the city on the west and south sides. You’d expect this.

But, on the northwest side, near O’Hare Airport, is a community largely made up of white government workers - police and fire, etc. It is here that the cameras are also beaten such that the radar portion points up at the sky or down at the ground. Now, ask yourself, “What do these areas have in common?”


43 posted on 06/24/2012 5:21:11 AM PDT by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: SharpRightTurn

The excuse I hear the most - It’s for our safety.


44 posted on 06/24/2012 5:22:14 AM PDT by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: James C. Bennett

My boy was at a Rascal Flatts concert in Bristow, Virginia last night. He and the ex- or active-duty military folks he was with said they saw a drone overhead. Naturally!—a group of patriotic country-music fans are dangerous to the administration. Gotta keep an eye on military folks, I guess. Wouldn’t want them to get in the way of The Agenda.


45 posted on 06/24/2012 5:23:45 AM PDT by ottbmare (The OTTB Mare)
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To: James C. Bennett

Krauthammer :

“I’m going to go hard left on you here, I’m going ACLU. I don’t want regulations, I don’t want restrictions, I want a ban on this. Drones are instruments of war. The Founders had a great aversion to any instruments of war, the use of the military inside even the United States. It didn’t like standing armies, it has all kinds of statutes of using the army in the country.

A drone is a high-tech version of an old army and a musket. It ought to be used in Somalia to hunt bad guys but not in America. I don’t want to see it hovering over anybody’s home. Yes, you can say we have satellites, we’ve got Google Street View and London has a camera on every street corner but that’s not an excuse to cave in on everything else and accept a society where you’re always under — being watched by the government. This is not what we want.

I would say that you ban it under all circumstances and I would predict, I’m not encouraging, but I an predicting that the first guy who uses a Second Amendment weapon to bring a drone down that’s been hovering over his house is going to be a folk hero in this country.”


46 posted on 06/24/2012 5:29:31 AM PDT by OwenKellogg
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To: Moonman62

The fact is this drone was taking pictures of people in a public place. No Constitutional rights were violated, nor was any law broken.


But who were taking the pictures? the police right?
Does some one have to break a law to be up to no good?
The police should be the good guys who work for the citizens,
not a bunch of bastards who are doing every thing they can to worry the citizens.


47 posted on 06/24/2012 4:50:29 PM PDT by ravenwolf
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