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  •  But if you don't have anything to hide... (4+ / 0-)
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    then that STILL doesn't give them the right to spy on you without cause.

    "Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us" - Benjamin Rush, 1777

    by kovie on Sat Mar 02, 2013 at 05:01:14 PM PST

    •  Look, I get it and it's true but (0+ / 0-)

      how is a drone any different than a Police-helicopter?  The same devices are mounted on them as on the drones and the drones will only be used in the same manner that a police helicopter is used.  They'll be called upon when and where they're needed.  They won't be hovering over your house 24/7.

      Drones are an important tool our Police, ATF and DEA civil servants need to do their jobs.

      •  It's because they're much cheaper and easier (0+ / 0-)

        to deploy than helicopters, and so are likely to be used AND abused more often, plus they can be equipped with weaponry, which is incredibly scary. They're sort of like having surveillance cameras on every lightpost, which is creepy enough, but with guns or high-power lasers attached to them.

        They are very small, have AI and are pretty quiet, and can get to many more places than helicopters or fixed cameras can. I can imagine the ability to give a drone an address or GPS coordinates and it'll get there on its own, quietly in the middle of the night, and then hover for hours and spy on its target. Since this will become so easy, I'm sure that it'll be abused, without due process or warrants. You can't easily do that with helicopters.

        "Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us" - Benjamin Rush, 1777

        by kovie on Sun Mar 03, 2013 at 06:58:10 AM PST

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      •  Not comparable (0+ / 0-)

        Helicopters are big, noisy, visible and expensive. Drone's aren't. It could be used as a valuable tool by law enforcement, or it could be abused - far more readily abused than a helicopter. And it's not just law enforcement that expects to use them. Consider the potential use by private invetigators, or paparazzi for example.

        "No one life is more important than another. No one voice is more valid than another. Each life is a treasure. Each voice deserves to be heard." Patriot Daily News Clearinghouse & Onomastic

        by Catte Nappe on Sun Mar 03, 2013 at 11:22:29 AM PST

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