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  •  FG is right! (1+ / 0-)
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    The issue isn't the use of a new weapon.  The issues are who can use these new weapons, where they can be used, and under what circumstances.  However, U.S. law is already pretty well settled on that -- the military can use weapons in combat abroad but only civilian law enforcement can do it within the U.S. (with some VERY rare exceptions).  

    A bigger issue that's not as well settled is the use of drones for surveillance or "eyes in the sky" domestically.  If the drone is equipped with hardware that permits it to spy within a house a warrant would be needed to do that.  People have a reasonable expectation of privacy in their homes (and probably their backyards)!  I'm sure there are going to be new lawsuits about aerial spying and the courts will decide the limits on its use.  But in this case the courts do have precedents to work from.  

    •  What are the VERY rare exceptions? (0+ / 0-)
      •  I Don't Care To Be Colateral Damage (0+ / 0-)

        When the US govt. with its notoriously pure heart and best intentions in the world decides my neighbor is a very, very bad person and just seriously needed to be killed in the worst way.

        And, oh well, Terry, too bad about you and your family but it was for the best of reasons, trust us.

        What stronger breast-plate than a heart untainted! Thrice is he arm'd, that hath his quarrel just; And he but naked, though lock'd up in steel, Whose conscience with injustice is corrupted. King Henry, scene ii

        by TerryDarc on Sun Mar 10, 2013 at 09:28:14 AM PDT

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    •  What about in the cases of combat (1+ / 0-)
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      within the US - such as cases of invasion or civil war?

      I had thought the military comes into play in those circumstances - but you are saying the police have to handle that?

    •  Given that both satellites and planes can be and (0+ / 0-)

      are used for aerial spying, it's not a new problem.

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