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Congress Calls for Accelerated Use of Drones in U.S.

February 6, 2012
Steven Aftergood, FAS Project on Government Secrecy

A House-Senate conference report this week called on the Administration to accelerate the use of civilian unmanned aerial systems (UAS), or “drones,” in U.S. airspace.

The pending authorization bill for the Federal Aviation Administration directs the Secretary of Transporation to develop within nine months “a comprehensive plan to safely accelerate the integration of civil unmanned aircraft systems into the national airspace system.”

“The plan… shall provide for the safe integration of civil unmanned aircraft systems into the national airspace system as soon as practicable, but not later than September 30, 2015.”

And now… the rest of the story. …..

2 Comments leave one →
  1. February 7, 2012 1:49 am

    Absolutely NO. Before they make us all prisoners lets get the returning military as policemen FBI Sheriff etc. that WILL enforce the law, then we would not have to spy on citizens. Seal the borders, and Freeze this open immigration, immigrant must have proper documentation they are of good character, medical record and most of all a sponsor to ensure they will not become “public charges” That was the law and who changed it.

  2. Rwolf permalink
    February 6, 2012 11:50 am

    NEXT: Drones in your b=Backyard, Home and Garage?

    It should be no surprise the fascist—National Defense Authorization Act of 2011 sec. 1097 included establishing a program to integrate unmanned aircraft systems into the national airspace system to spy on U.S. Citizens.

    It should be noted not all drones are planes. Several U.S. and Israeli companies are now developing drones the size of bumblebees that can fly into your backyard, inside your home, garage and business warehouse. Should U.S. homeowners and businesses have the right to demolish with a baseball bat or flyswatter small drones discovered trespassing inside their property? Property owners can’t determine if a trespassing drone has a search warrant. It will be interesting to see how courts rule on lawsuits brought by injured civilian pilots and air passengers against federal and local police agencies whose unmanned drones cause aviation accidents.

    Wealthy people, movie stars buy multimillion dollar homes in e.g. Beverley Hills to enjoy large private backyards. Should real estate brokers disclose to these wealthy clients the government’s new U.S. drone spying program—eliminated any expectation of backyard privacy?

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