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Police Minister: Drones could patrol UK skies


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#1    None of the above

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Posted 03 October 2012 - 08:00 AM

Police Minister Damian Green Backs Police Use Of Drones In UK Skies

Police minister Damian Green has backed the use of controversial unmanned drones to patrol the UK's skies, to monitor criminal activity and provide air support.
The Home Office minister said that remotely controlled drones in the UK's skies should be treated like "any other piece of police kit."
But civil liberties campaigners have argued the lifting of UK restrictions on drones could "eliminate the difference between public and private space" and warned such technology could be used by private companies.
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Posted 03 October 2012 - 10:35 AM

Bravo!  I'm looking forward to having something in the sky I can shoot at without feeling guilty.  :)


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Posted 03 October 2012 - 10:49 AM

View PostEldorado, on 03 October 2012 - 10:35 AM, said:

Bravo!  I'm looking forward to having something in the sky I can shoot at without feeling guilty.  :)

LOL, of course you are joking. However I imagine there WILL be some ummm 'losses' should they not be a little selective as to where they fly these latest spies in the sky.


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Posted 03 October 2012 - 11:38 AM

View PostAtlantia, on 03 October 2012 - 08:00 AM, said:

Police Minister Damian Green Backs Police Use Of Drones In UK Skies

Police minister Damian Green has backed the use of controversial unmanned drones to patrol the UK's skies, to monitor criminal activity and provide air support.
The Home Office minister said that remotely controlled drones in the UK's skies should be treated like "any other piece of police kit."
But civil liberties campaigners have argued the lifting of UK restrictions on drones could "eliminate the difference between public and private space" and warned such technology could be used by private companies.
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I've never understood why the innocent would be bothered about being monitored.


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Posted 03 October 2012 - 11:41 AM

Because it's creepy and an invasion of privacy.

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Posted 03 October 2012 - 11:44 AM

I wonder if they'll pull me in for questioning the next time I'm running from rooftop to rooftop.


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Posted 03 October 2012 - 12:27 PM

All I can say is that when they become regular sights in US skies they had better fly above about 4000 ft or so.  Bird hunting is an awesome sport!

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Posted 03 October 2012 - 12:54 PM

View PostMr Right Wing, on 03 October 2012 - 11:38 AM, said:

I've never understood why the innocent would be bothered about being monitored.

Would that be as long as they aren't monitoring your financial affairs? ;)


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Posted 03 October 2012 - 01:02 PM

View PostHasina, on 03 October 2012 - 11:41 AM, said:

Because it's creepy and an invasion of privacy.

Indeed,
This isn't policing, it's spying. Pure and simple.
With the Polices credibility and reputation at an all time low they should be spending any money they have on being part of the community they are supposed to serve. No amount of CCTV and spy drones will make up for a lack of public confidence because there aren't bobbies on the beat that people can get to know and trust and local police stations are closed.

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Posted 03 October 2012 - 01:10 PM

View PostAtlantia, on 03 October 2012 - 12:54 PM, said:

Would that be as long as they aren't monitoring your financial affairs? ;)

My money is well hidden.

No red is getting their hands on it.


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Posted 03 October 2012 - 01:21 PM

View PostMr Right Wing, on 03 October 2012 - 01:10 PM, said:

My money is well hidden.

No red is getting their hands on it.

So you're in favour of the monitioring of potential 'blue collar criminals' then?


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Posted 03 October 2012 - 01:26 PM

View PostAtlantia, on 03 October 2012 - 01:21 PM, said:

So you're in favour of the monitioring of potential 'blue collar criminals' then?

I cant believe it you're actually beating me in an argument which I cant win.

Oh well it had to happen eventually lol.


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Posted 03 October 2012 - 03:24 PM

View PostMr Right Wing, on 03 October 2012 - 01:26 PM, said:

I cant believe it you're actually beating me in an argument which I cant win.

Oh well it had to happen eventually lol.


LOL, you never win and you know it ;)


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Posted 03 October 2012 - 04:27 PM

The military grade drones fly so high you can't see them.  I was watching a show where the people on the ground were looking at a monitor showing them close up in great detail but they could not spot the drone in the sky with thier naked eyes.

This should hardly surprise you Brits, you're already the most survieled people in the world whats a few more cameras right? :ph34r:


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Posted 03 October 2012 - 04:42 PM

When a government starts treating or thinking any and all citizens are potential criminals, then there's a major problem with that government.

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