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Published: Friday, April 26 2013 4:10 p.m. MDT

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Obama10
SYRACUSE, UT

Imagine if Bush was still in office the howls and cries from the ACLU and "Privacy" advocates. But since we have a leftist-liberal as President, we aren't worried about civil rights until a Republican wins the White House. Orwell was right.

Tolstoy
salt lake, UT

@obama10
You may want to check your bias before you post the ACLU actually strongly apposes the us of dorns a quick check of their website would have helped but then again why let the facts get in the way of a good rant.

Tolstoy
salt lake, UT

Use sorry

Mike Richards
South Jordan, Utah

Amendment 4 of the Constitution protects us against the use of drones except when they have been authorized by a warrant signed by a judge to allow a specific area to be watched.

Amendment 4: "The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized."

We must guard our rights. None of us is in favor of letting criminal activity take place, but our freedom is more sacred than the right of a police state to "watch over us".

Hutterite
American Fork, UT

These things are in a lot of stores these days, and they're pretty cheap. So far I haven't see a lot of people using them, but I suspect it will happen. Given their potential for privacy invasion, and to be a general annoyance, I wonder if a new sport will emerge: Drone huntin'. A little surface to air buckshot.

Hamath
Omaha, NE

@Obama and Tolstoy

Right on both of you. So why aren't we hearing the cries? We would have with Bush in office. Now we barely hear it. It certainly seems to have something to do with whose in charge. Why aren't the ACLU making a huge deal about this? Are they and the media bias is just not pushing it out like it's a big deal? Very interesting... I've always found it interesting that many many major reforms get done by the "other" party.

Massive gov't spending under Eisenhower
Immigration reform under Reagan.
Welform Reform under Clinton.
Child Tax Credit (a Republican form of welfare) under Bush.
Bailouts under Bush.
Now under Obama we've got drones, Keystone pipelines, and budget cuts to Welfare, SSI.

Amazing!

Paul H
West Valley, UT

It will be interesting when people begin to assert the rights to the air space over their homes and shoot these drones out of the sky.

rlsintx
Plano, TX

If they fly them per aviation standards (eg. more than 500 ft up), there's nothing you can do as that's where your airspace rights end. Fly them in a way that they peek into where you have a reasonable expectation of privacy, you have a legal case of trespass or civil violation of privacy/harassment.

George
New York, NY

@Hamath
Why are you not. Standing on the street corner shouting about this? Once again you failed to acknowledge the ACLU's opposition does not make t go away.

Hamath
Omaha, NE

@ George

I am. You are shouting back.

Shouting on the corner only gets widespread notice if you get media coverage. Which is spotty at best on this issue. There have been some pretty serious protests, but have you heard of them?... My point exactly. However, social media (like message boards and twitter etc) is somewhat of a modern day equivalent to shouting on the street corner. Keep shouting. Or at least reasonably making your points and listening to others.

Shaun
Sandy, UT

I agree that drones are against the constitution but what about the patriot act? We have already given up our rights.

AConcernedCitizen
Highland, UT

This is in response to the article's headline: Yes, invasion of privacy. Period.

the old switcharoo
mesa, AZ

It's not invasion of privacy if you're in public. And FPV (first person view) remote control models are really nothing like an armed military drone.

Putting a camera on an RC model doesn't make it dangerous.

stuff
Provo, UT

I'm used to Heavenly Father watching me all the time so I try not to do anything embarrassing, illegal or otherwise. I could really care less if a drone is videoing me. It should be harmless for me.

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