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Boston police want drones for 2014 marathon security
Washington TImes ^ | April 24, 2013 | Ben Wolfgang

Posted on 04/25/2013 6:22:17 AM PDT by Altariel

Boston’s top cop wants drones hovering over next year’s marathon, but getting his hands on one may be easier said than done.

More than 30 states, including Massachusetts, are rushing to restrict the use of drones by law enforcement, with some seeking to ban it in all but the most extreme circumstances.

Even if unmanned aerial systems could have shortened the search for the terrorists who wreaked havoc on Boston last week, many people are deeply skeptical about giving authorities carte blanche to use potentially dangerous technology.

“It’s not surprising that you have law enforcement agencies rushing out to use [the Boston bombing and subsequent manhunt] as pretext to secure additional powers but I think we have to maintain perspective and realize that civil liberties and the protections we’re granted under the Constitution and our rights to privacy, to a degree, are nonnegotiable,” said Massachusetts state Sen. Robert Hedlund, a Republican and sponsor of a drone restriction bill in the legislature.

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtontimes.com ...


TOPICS: Miscellaneous; US: Kentucky; US: Massachusetts; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: boston; donutwatch; drones; kentucky; massachusetts; randsconcerntrolls; roberthedlund; waronterror

1 posted on 04/25/2013 6:22:17 AM PDT by Altariel
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To: Altariel

Better yet, have law abiding Americans with their guns invited to man the viewer routes.


2 posted on 04/25/2013 6:24:17 AM PDT by Biggirl ("Jesus talked to us as individuals"-Jim Vicevich/Thanks JimV!)
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To: Biggirl

Deport all muzzies and let no more in ... wait two years to monitor and document the peace and tranquility... and enough time to rid congress of all the traitors


3 posted on 04/25/2013 6:26:11 AM PDT by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true)
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To: Altariel

Ridiculous....Now we have to worry about getting bombed from the sky??


4 posted on 04/25/2013 6:26:12 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: Altariel

...are rushing to restrict the use of drones...

And let’s get rid of this Shelter-in-Place $hit.

You want Martial Law, call it Martial Law.


5 posted on 04/25/2013 6:30:14 AM PDT by Paisan
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To: Altariel

From what I’ve seen they need to outsource Homeland Security to Lord and Taylor


6 posted on 04/25/2013 6:33:36 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Altariel
What could possibly go wrong ? !


             

7 posted on 04/25/2013 6:33:39 AM PDT by tomkat ( nationalis caterva fornicari in processus)
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To: Altariel
"Even if unmanned aerial systems could have shortened the search for the terrorists who wreaked havoc on Boston last week, many people are deeply skeptical about giving authorities carte blanche to use potentially dangerous technology."

But they don't mind electing and RE-electing even MORE dangerous politicians ... go figger.

8 posted on 04/25/2013 6:34:15 AM PDT by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true)
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To: Altariel

Would drones have stopped this? I don’t think so...


9 posted on 04/25/2013 6:35:17 AM PDT by Irenic (The pencil sharpener and Elmer's glue is put away-- we've lost the red wheel barrow)
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To: Altariel

>>> Boston police want drones for 2014 marathon security

WHY? So they can recognize/catch terrorists after the fact?

Why not prevent it in the first place????


10 posted on 04/25/2013 6:36:25 AM PDT by Sir Napsalot (Pravda + Useful Idiots = CCCP; JournOList + Useful Idiots = DopeyChangey!)
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To: Altariel

Please see post number 2. Thank-you.


11 posted on 04/25/2013 6:39:23 AM PDT by Biggirl ("Jesus talked to us as individuals"-Jim Vicevich/Thanks JimV!)
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To: Altariel

Gen. Thomas Gage is probably kicking himself that he didn’t have these patsies around in 1774. It would have saved a lot of trouble.


12 posted on 04/25/2013 6:39:36 AM PDT by Paine in the Neck (Socialism consumes everything)
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To: tomkat
What could possibly go wrong ? !

Drone disabled by shrapnel from the blast adding to the carnage.

13 posted on 04/25/2013 6:39:42 AM PDT by Oztrich Boy (RIP Chrissie Amphlett.)
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To: knarf
But they don't mind electing and RE-electing even MORE dangerous politicians ... go figger.

You're right. Definitely a weird disconnect going on there.

14 posted on 04/25/2013 6:40:58 AM PDT by BlatherNaut
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To: Sacajaweau

Where the DC brain trusts and others have gone wrong:

The dream of a great break through in technology that will expose all bad guys.

But the time wasted on this daydream could be spent using known information and tried and proven methods that would prevent or solve crimes.

Boston is an outstanding example of this problem. The FBI in particular and the Boston cops, not the cop on the beat but rather the management level cops, mismanaged this event at every step of the way.

Keystone Cops. High tech weapons helped them not.

Drones in their hands will only endanger the public, not resolve or prevent crime.

The capture of the remaining bomber demonstrates my point.

Found only because a home owner went out in his back yard to smoke.

My neighbour can track a bleeding deer in the woods in the dark with nothing but a flash light for his high tech equipment.

Whenever anyone in our neighbourhood needs to track a wounded deer, they call him.

Any third rate tracking dog could have found the guy in minutes. Blood trails really turn a tracking dog on.

Then when they were shown by the neighbour where the bad guy was hiding, they shoot up the neighbourhood shooting at an unarmed man.

That means the first shot was fired by a cop and the rest of the cops acted out of hysteria.

Very unprofessional and demonstrates a lack of training and a lack of control by the officer in command.

Give them a drone. Arm it. Lots of luck.


15 posted on 04/25/2013 6:41:45 AM PDT by old curmudgeon
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To: Altariel

How long will it be before we start hearing from Bostonians like we are hearing from the people of Newtown. Obama will have them behind him at the podium saying they all want drones.


16 posted on 04/25/2013 6:42:27 AM PDT by mardi59 (IMPEACH OBAMA NOW!!!!!)
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To: Altariel

What ever happened to good old fashioned bloodhounds? At least they could have tracked the younger brother down pretty quick - but I don’t believe they were used at all.


17 posted on 04/25/2013 6:42:50 AM PDT by LibertyOh
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To: Altariel

I swear I am almost considering a thought process that the moochelle had a saudi visitor and they coerced this Boston terrorist attack by the brothers all in the effort to make the people accept martial law, drones and background checks for nearly everything on earth.


18 posted on 04/25/2013 6:44:15 AM PDT by Spartan302
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To: LibertyOh

PETA wouldnt allow it


19 posted on 04/25/2013 6:47:41 AM PDT by CGASMIA68
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To: Altariel

Cool, they will get an RC quadcopter with a GoPro camera?


20 posted on 04/25/2013 6:56:59 AM PDT by jughandle
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To: LibertyOh

Good idea!


21 posted on 04/25/2013 6:57:41 AM PDT by Biggirl ("Jesus talked to us as individuals"-Jim Vicevich/Thanks JimV!)
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To: Altariel

how about no


22 posted on 04/25/2013 7:01:58 AM PDT by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: jughandle
Cool, they will get an RC quadcopter with a GoPro camera?

...because the one thing we need is RC copters with RC controllers in an area where there may be bombs activated with an RC controller.

23 posted on 04/25/2013 7:31:07 AM PDT by UCANSEE2 (The monsters are due on Maple Street)
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To: Altariel
Yeah, they did such a great job catching a single, UNARMED, wounded teenage boy with their millions of dollars worth of paramilitary equipment.


24 posted on 04/25/2013 7:38:31 AM PDT by Bon mots (The police will protect you! Like they did in Boston. Trust them...)
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To: Altariel
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25 posted on 04/25/2013 8:10:17 AM PDT by R_Kangel ( "A Nation of Sheep ..... Will Beget ..... a Nation Ruled by Wolves.")
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To: R_Kangel

Probably sans blinkies...


26 posted on 04/25/2013 8:10:54 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: Altariel

Well, he has Rand Paul’s support on this. Regrettably, Rand has flip flopped/evolved on his drone position, since his famous filibuster. He was against drones before he was for them :(


27 posted on 04/25/2013 8:14:32 AM PDT by Jane Long (Background checks? Dandy idea, Mr. President. Shoulda started with yours. - Sarah Palin)
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To: Sir Napsalot

They had bomb sniffing dogs deployed during the event...did’nt help. Drones should not be allowed.


28 posted on 04/25/2013 3:17:31 PM PDT by Bravo six (Bravo six)
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To: Bravo six
When I said ‘Why not prevent it in the first place????’, I meant adopting the El Al method to prevent terrorism.

I don't care being called islamophobe or racist or whatever, I have already been labeled as such.

29 posted on 04/25/2013 4:39:38 PM PDT by Sir Napsalot (Pravda + Useful Idiots = CCCP; JournOList + Useful Idiots = DopeyChangey!)
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To: Biggirl

But...but...but....how else are the Government Employees going to practice keeping American citizens in their homes at gunpoint?


30 posted on 04/25/2013 7:03:59 PM PDT by Altariel ("Curse your sudden but inevitable betrayal!")
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