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States Can Stop Drone Abuse Before It Occurs


Science & Tech  (tags: drone strikes, ethics, violence, humanrights, states, legislation, drone abuse )

Nancy
- 501 days ago - washingtonexaminer.com
The first American arrested with the help of a warrantless drone was Rodney Brossart, a farmer from Lakota, N.D. A predator drone helped a SWAT team arrest Brossart for failing to return six cows belonging to his neighbor until the neighbor paid for the-



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Jaime A. (32)
Thursday March 7, 2013, 1:22 pm
Noted.
 

Pat A. (117)
Friday March 8, 2013, 2:25 am
"Drones will someday serve as a cheaper and safer substitute for helicopters. They can assist in manhunts, in hot pursuit of fleeing criminals, in monitoring hostage situations, rescues and accident investigations.

"But how to separate these useful functions from the potential for civil liberties abuses? Here is the general guideline we urge states to adopt pre-emptively: Police should be required to publish, online and in real time (or with an hour's delay at most), maps tracking where all of their drones are at every moment, with a clear explanation of what they are doing. Especially if there is a slight delay, this will not interfere with the legitimate uses outlined above, and it will prevent most abuses. As an extra safeguard, drones should be specifically banned from assisting in certain police activities that are legitimately conducted by other means, such as investigatory criminal surveillance and speed traps.

"The first American arrested with the help of a warrantless drone was Rodney Brossart, a farmer from Lakota, N.D. A predator drone helped a SWAT team arrest Brossart for failing to return six cows belonging to his neighbor until the neighbor paid for the feed they had consumed. The story illustrates how the availability of technology can give idle policemen an opportunity to meddle. In this case, a minor matter for the civil courts instead became an over-the-top case of Big Brother surveillance and abuse of police power."

That sounds like a very good idea! A SWAT team should surely not be used in such circumstances!
 

Justin M. (2)
Friday March 8, 2013, 4:34 am
Noted
 

Julie F. (44)
Friday March 8, 2013, 8:29 pm
noted
 

Helen Porter (41)
Saturday March 9, 2013, 1:52 am
noted
 

Elizabeth Pugliese (8)
Saturday March 9, 2013, 10:07 am
If haven't see the movie Eyeborgs see it. That is where we are headed with these drones.
 

Elizabeth M. (66)
Saturday March 9, 2013, 10:43 am
Noted. Thanks for the post Nancy.
 
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