The hysteria over the domestic use of drones

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  • Lowonoil Clearfield, UT
    Feb. 26, 2014 12:49 p.m.

    I would not be surprised to read any day now about the first hit carried out by a GPS equipped bomb laden hobby quadcopter. Smart bombs for the masses. Yay.

  • Anti Bush-Obama Chihuahua, 00
    Feb. 25, 2014 7:43 p.m.

    Civilians are being killed in drone strikes overseas. The same will happen here.

  • SG in SLC Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 25, 2014 5:27 p.m.

    I wholeheartedly agree with the majority of the comments here. Domestic use of government UAVs for surveillance or other law enforcement functions is alarming and prone to abuse, at best.

    I'm pretty sure that the Op-Ed piece by Mr. Jenkins was primarily focused on commercial domestic use of UAVs, and I find that at least as disturbing as the prospect of government drones run amok within our borders. I know and have heard of people who had considerable heartburn over the "Google-mobiles" taking pictures of their property (and occasionally trespassing on private lanes and other private property to do so) for Google's Street View feature. That will be small potatoes, however, compared to the "Google-drone" buzzing their back yards taking pictures of who-knows-what, which is sure to come, if not from Google, then from some other business under the auspices of "market information gathering".

    Actually, Pandora's Box is already open in this regard; anyone (or any business) who can afford a decent R/C aircraft with a mounted camera or other recording device is already basically operating a private/commercial UAV.

  • Stalwart Sentinel San Jose, CA
    Feb. 25, 2014 11:49 a.m.

    This is one of the few issues on which staunch conservatives (like Mr. Richards above) and hardcore liberals (like me) can agree to fight against. Unquestionably, this is an unacceptable overreach of governmental intrusion that threatens the very existence of the 4th Amendment, among so many other constitutional tenents.

    Indeed, this is a microcosm of the malady plaguing our nation which repeatedly pits money against the citizenry. The fact that drones are even being considered for domestic intrusion into our privacy is an indictment against the country in which we currently live. We ought to reflect back to times when corporate profits were encouraged as a means to build up society, not undermine it.

  • 2 bits Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Feb. 25, 2014 9:11 a.m.

    What hysteria? I must have missed it.

  • SEY Sandy, UT
    Feb. 25, 2014 8:21 a.m.

    Drones are the least of our worries. What about the NSA monstrosity in our own back yard??

  • Mike Richards South Jordan, Utah
    Feb. 25, 2014 6:59 a.m.

    The government has already proved that it can't be trusted. It has been spying on us, on our cell phones and on our emails. It wasn't until Snowden told the world about the spying that the government finally admitted what it was doing.

    Until the government accepts the 4th Amendment and respects our privacy, UAV should be banned. The government is required to present evidence to a judge, showing what is to be "searched" and why that search is necessary based on probable cause that a crime HAS BEEN committed, not that gathering data might help the government solve future crimes, or to allow the government to track the citizens, or to allow the government to photograph citizens talking to other citizens.

    Money to Utah is the worst reason to allow spying. Thanks all the same, but Utah doesn't need "dirty" money from a government that stomps all over the Constitution.

  • liberal larry salt lake City, utah
    Feb. 25, 2014 6:40 a.m.

    We should unquestioningly embrace government drone surveillance because it would bring high paying jobs to Utah?

    Can't we discuss threats to our civil liberties on a little higher level than that?