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.
Civilians are being killed in drone strikes overseas. The same will happen here.
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
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.
What hysteria? I must have missed it.
Drones are the least of our worries. What about the NSA monstrosity in our own
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
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?