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#1    Farmer77

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Posted 20 April 2012 - 10:53 PM

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With little public attention, dozens of universities and law-enforcement agencies have been given approval by federal aviation regulators to use unmanned aircraft known as drones, according to documents obtained via Freedom of Information Act requests by an advocacy group.

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Posted 20 April 2012 - 11:00 PM

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You have to wait until they are moving away.  Quite an opportunity for sport, I'd say.  Much better than dove or even ducks.  I expect you'd have to use rifles almost exclusively, say 223 or heavier and you'd need good optics. :rofl: :w00t: :w00t:

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Posted 20 April 2012 - 11:07 PM

Drones, FEMA camps, surveillance, SOPA, CISPA, you can't dance near monuments... This will be fun to watch. What are they preparing for??

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Posted 20 April 2012 - 11:30 PM

I think you should have to have a search warrant to use one of these things to spy on someone.  A lot of the things the military get's usually ends up filtering down to the police.  I think there should be a limit to protect our right's.  Is anyone in Washington concerned about that?


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Posted 20 April 2012 - 11:45 PM

View PostHilander, on 20 April 2012 - 11:30 PM, said:

I think you should have to have a search warrant to use one of these things to spy on someone.  A lot of the things the military get's usually ends up filtering down to the police.  I think there should be a limit to protect our right's.  Is anyone in Washington concerned about that?


Heck no , Washington LOVES the militarization of our police. More money for their lobbiest friends.

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Posted 21 April 2012 - 12:16 PM

"With little public attention, dozens of universities and law-enforcement agencies have been given approval by federal aviation regulators to use unmanned aircraft known as drones,"

.... why do universities want or need drones?¿?       i smell a subsidized money maker with these things.  ?¿? .. more than a real "need".

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Posted 21 April 2012 - 12:37 PM

View PostHilander, on 20 April 2012 - 11:30 PM, said:

I think you should have to have a search warrant to use one of these things to spy on someone.  A lot of the things the military get's usually ends up filtering down to the police.  I think there should be a limit to protect our right's.  Is anyone in Washington concerned about that?

Just curious - what's the difference between a drone flying over your house and a police car sitting in front of it?  Or a drone flying over a crowd vs a police officer walking through it?

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Posted 21 April 2012 - 02:53 PM

Good question. Reminds me a lot of ...




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Posted 21 April 2012 - 04:16 PM

But how long until they're available to consumers? I can't wait to purchase my Apple iDrone.  :devil:

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Posted 21 April 2012 - 06:50 PM

View PostRafterman, on 21 April 2012 - 12:37 PM, said:

Just curious - what's the difference between a drone flying over your house and a police car sitting in front of it? Or a drone flying over a crowd vs a police officer walking through it?

   The major difference i see is that a police car sitting in front of your house would be on public property whereas, a drone could  surveil your PRIVATE property.    Many people have private areas outside on their property and they have a constitutional right to privacy in those areas•

  Of course helicopter and satellite cameras are already invading that privacy.. and that is no less unconstitutional•

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Posted 21 April 2012 - 07:44 PM

View Postlightly, on 21 April 2012 - 06:50 PM, said:

The major difference i see is that a police car sitting in front of your house would be on public property whereas, a drone could  surveil your PRIVATE property.    Many people have private areas outside on their property and they have a constitutional right to privacy in those areas•

  Of course helicopter and satellite cameras are already invading that privacy.. and that is no less unconstitutional•

I believe that the courts have ruled that you have no expectation of privacy when you are outside.

If the police could sit up on a hill and look into your walled backyard, they wouldn't need a warrant to do that.

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Posted 22 April 2012 - 12:28 AM

View PostRafterman, on 21 April 2012 - 07:44 PM, said:

I believe that the courts have ruled that you have no expectation of privacy when you are outside.

If the police could sit up on a hill and look into your walled backyard, they wouldn't need a warrant to do that.


thanks Rafterman, . . .  Oh.   that figures.    I guess maybe it makes sense too.. but i still think it stinks.

The whole drone thing bothers me.  Public safety??   For one thing , how safe can they be flying about above our heads ? On a WINDY day.. or whatever...      The whole idea seems redundant and idiotic .  

  A handful of people plan on making a LOT of money producing them ..  i think  that is the real "NEED"  at play •

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Posted 22 April 2012 - 01:13 AM

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So.......what happens when someone flying one of these looses control (especially one of the bigger ones), and it hits someone or someones house? Wonder how long it will take before the first fatal crash happens.

I hope they've thought this through and aren't just thinking $$.........

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Posted 22 April 2012 - 01:17 AM

View PostRafterman, on 21 April 2012 - 07:44 PM, said:

I believe that the courts have ruled that you have no expectation of privacy when you are outside.

If the police could sit up on a hill and look into your walled backyard, they wouldn't need a warrant to do that.


This type of stance leads to a police state.  Are you sure your an American.

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Posted 22 April 2012 - 01:28 AM

duplicate..

Edited by SolarPlexus, 22 April 2012 - 01:31 AM.

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