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Do domestic drones violate the right to privacy?

March 29, 2013

By Jeremy Quattlebaum, Student Voices staff writer

Unmanned drones have become a stealthy asset in the war on terror, collecting data on the movements of enemies and making strikes on targets. They are small, nimble and nearly silent, and they could keep tabs on law-abiding citizens from skies near you.

This is a scenario that some politicians and civil rights groups warn could be coming in the near future.

The federal government already is using drones to patrol the borders with Mexico and Canada. This means more ground can be patrolled with fewer Border Patrol agents. NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration use drones to track storms.

But the domestic use of drones is raising concerns about privacy as well as potential Fourth Amendment violations. In late March, 24 civil rights and privacy organizations submitted a formal petition to U.S. Customs and Border Protection to suspend their use until a legal framework is established to determine when, if ever, they can be used in the United States.

“The thought of government drones buzzing overhead and constantly monitoring the activities of law-abiding citizens runs contrary to the notion of what it means to live in a free society,” Sen. Charles Grassley of Iowa said at a Judiciary Committee hearing on whether legislation on drones was needed to protect civil liberties.

Local and state law enforcement agencies are warming up to the idea of using drones for reconnaissance. On the local level, drones could help in missing-person searches or alert officers about accidents and crimes and provide video of the incidents. In Mesa County, Colo., the sheriff’s department uses two, 5-pound drones to assist in reconnaissance. Sheriff Benjamin Miller estimated drones can do “30 percent of the missions of manned aviation for 2 percent of the cost.”

Besides law enforcement, they can also be used to fight fires, photograph real estate for sale or survey crops. In the future, the apples that you eat may be inspected by a drone, ensuring that the fruit is free of disease.

“This fast-emerging technology is cheap and could pose a significant threat to the privacy and civil liberties of millions of Americans, Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont said in a New York Times interview. “It is another example of a fast-changing policy area on which we need to focus to make sure that modern technology is not used to erode Americans’ right to privacy.”

Since 2007, the Federal Aviation Administration has authorized more than 1,400 unmanned aircraft for limited use by local police departments, universities and several federal agencies. The drones range from bird-sized devices to Predators that weigh two-and-a-half tons.

State legislation has begun cropping up aimed at restricting the use of drones. Some states forbid weapons on drones while others require local governments to approve their use for any activity. Thirty states have drafted drone restrictions with a range of privacy and Fourth Amendment protections, including limiting the collection and use of data.

An ACLU review of state bills says that “a vast majority” require a probable cause warrant” in order for law enforcement to use drones to collect information to use against someone in court. So far, no privacy policy outlines how long government authorities can keep any information collected by the drones, how it can be used or whether it can be shared with other government agencies or the public.

What do you think?

Should unmanned drones be used in the United States? For what purposes should governments use drones? What, if any, restrictions should be imposed on drones and the information they collect? Should a warrant be required for police to collect information through drones on criminal suspects? Join the discussion and let us know!
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12/11/2014
WA
Judah
First Creek Middle School
This is suppose to be the Land of the free, it doesnt seem free to me

12/2/2014
Louisiana
Ryan williams
Darbonne woods charter school
I think that they are bad because a malfunction could cause them to kill somebody or seriously injur them

11/13/2014
Stroudsburg,PA
Hannah
Mr. Hanna/Stroudsburg JHS
I believe that drones are very useful in war situations, but using them for fun or spying as they are used in the U.S. is definitely a violation of privacy. I've heared many things like someone was using a drone to take pictures of an apartment building and found a woman unclothed in her apartment. I don't think anyone would want that to happen to them.

11/5/2014
WA
Judah
First creek middle school
These drones can cause the nation to corrupt

10/30/2014
Texas
Sebastian Creed
La Pryor High School
I agree that domestic drone use is a very useful in war situations, but when its comes to the way they are used in the US it is more like a violation of privacy. For example photographers and the media could use these to spy on people. Also this may violate the Fourth Amendment reason due to, that cops may use these to search homes WITH OUT a warrant. I believe that drones are great for war, but for some other uses, no it can be a violation of our right to privacy.

10/15/2014
wa
Judah
First creek middle school
there are invading privacy

10/14/2014
Boston, MA
TacoSuitcase
EDCO
I believe drones should be used every where 24/7 but being used separately from law enforcement.They should be used to watch everything that happens outside someone's house. Warrants should be required from the police to collect information for criminal suspects. The drones will give a better perspective on whats happening on the streets to law enforcement and the general public. The safety of the people is more important than the privacy of the people.

10/14/2014
Boston, MA
Teflon Quan
Cait
Generally, I think drones should be used for legitimate situations versus 24 hour surveillance with no probable cause. I think drones should be used as reconnaissance purposes, monitoring large scale events to provent violent, bomb and threat prevention. Drones would almost make life the Truman show where everyone can't really be real because they're under surveillance.

10/14/2014
boston,MA
mels
edco
i think that drones should not be allowed to be use to know what people are doing.unmadde drones should not be allowed to use in the united states. i think thye should only be used for safety porposes or shipping thing to diffrent parts. I think their should be a restriction on spying on innocent people. i think their should be a warrent required before police or army uses a drone on innocent people, and getting into peoples private lifes.

10/14/2014
Boston
Kameron
Kate
I feel that drones should be used for terror because I feel that they would be easier for that since drones I feel are very dangerous. It wouldn't be safe if they used it in the U.S but maybe if they took it to war if would be very helpful. Another reason they could be helpful is by patrolling national borders, because they can keep track of who's coming in and out. It is good to keep our country safe and keep the outsiders out. All in all, drones should be used for good and to help the country but drones in reality are used for good and bad.

10/14/2014
Boston MA
Ty
EDCO
I think that the government should make a law that keeps your privacy from drones. Unmanned drones shouldn't be used in the united states because its going to freak everyone out and make people feel uncomfortable. The government should only use drones for military reasons, because if they let it be used to look for people or to track people down it might cause problems for the people around and it evades peoples privacy.

10/14/2014
mass
johnny
edco
i believe in certain areas of the field they do violate our privacy right because we dont know whats really going on in a lil aircraft drone just flying around doing what ever , in other ways thow it could help alot with military and cop enforcement ,

10/14/2014
ma
Jake
EDCO
I believe drones should be used in the U.S. I feel this way because they will help the U.S in many ways for example they can help with missing-person searches and can help fight fires.The drones can also help patrol the border.A restriction should be put on them saying they can not carry weapons without consent from the goverment. The military should be able to use drones with weapons if its for National Security

10/14/2014
ma
Shany
EDCO
Drones are used for : war on terror ;keep tabs on law -abiding citizens ; making strikes ; patrol national borders . Warrants should be required because , its a safety plan for those who use drones , to help and watch on whos using these drones and what they are being used for . From my perspective drones should only be used if something is going to be delayed ( emergency delivery ) or only for overnight or one day shippings nothing else because terriost groups might take them in conseration and use drones to try and bomb us the USA.

10/14/2014
Boston
Brittany
EDCO Youth Al;ternative
Drone use in the US should be alliowed but not as extreme as some ideas said about drone use. I think using drones for War, patroling national boreder, and scientific purposes such as observing animals, inspecting food, etc is good. But keeping tabs on law abiding citizens seems extreme. If im not competeing crimes i shouldnt be watched. It is an invasion of privacy.

10/14/2014
Boston, MA
Keon
Kate/EDCO
Drones should only be used for war related things , theirs no reason for drones to be in society i think current society now already has enough surveillance to watch citizens in the united states. I approve for drones in war related combat but NOT populated society

10/7/2014
Oklahoma
Garrett
Kannady
There is not need to fear the use of drones for surveillance. Consider that there are thought to be less than 100 drones actively in use, that is one drone for every 3 MILLION people. Constant surveillance is not feasible. Less restrictions on the use of drones can save us more in time and money than bottling them up for fears we do not understand.

9/9/2014
Murrieta ca
Corrine
Jabro creekside high
Do domestic drones violate the right of privacy? Yes they do ! How is the thought of little unarmed drones flying around look at what your doing sound to you? To me is a problem. We have the right to our privecy and this is violating it. You dont know whos looking or why. i can understand if it was a bomb threat or something urgent , but for everyday use no.

6/12/2014
Stroudsburg/P.A.
Brandon
Mr.Hannah/SJHS
In my opinion I think we should limit the usage of drones in the U.S. As people say treating most of us like we are the enemy is pretty bad. It would cause many problems with people, for instance, people trusting our government. This is why I think we should have no drones in the U.S.

6/12/2014
Pa/ SBURG
Daniel
Mr.hanna
Yes it would cut costs and make life functions easier. For security in places like government buildings or banks. They should be able to pull up Warner's and be able to identify people. I think they should carry a pistol and a taser and only use the firming arm if the direction to do so is given by the person in charge. No because the drone is there to do one job and human error or mistakes won't happen.

4/29/2014
Alaska
Bob
Meeker
I think that drone will invade our privacy and that will be really creepy yyyyyyyyiiiiiikkkkkkssss

4/23/2014
washington
lance
meeker
they should not do that because that violates the fourth amendment.

4/15/2014
Washington
Audrey
Meeker
drones shouldn't be able to violate our privacy. it would be weird have a flying aircraft watch over me. creepy!

4/14/2014
WA
danielle
meeker
i think drones shouldnt be able to invade our privacy. they should never have the right to do that

4/11/2014
WA
Alaya
Meeker
I think that its kind of wierd for drones to have the right to violate privacy. They should not have the right EVER !!

4/11/2014
WA
Nic
Meeker
I think that these drones are scary. If I walked outside and saw a little drone flying around in the air, I would be a little freaked out.

4/10/2014
Washington
Thomas
Meeker
The government should limit drone usage within and outside of the USA. If you start treating citizens as the enemy, there will be nothing good to come of it. Even though you will be able to launch a defense much quicker if you have drones in other countries possible of the attack, when they find out about the UAV's above them there will be major political troubles as you are essentially treating an enemy as an enemy before we are sure they are the enemy. While, yes, there will need to be more people patrolling the border without drones, more training will be necessary to train one pilot that multiple Border Patrol guards.

4/10/2014
Washington
David
Meeker
The fact is the drones will only see us outside of our houses or outside a building never entering our houses or invading our privacy in reality they would never see us naked or shopping in a mall only when you leave the mall will they see us. Plus drones are way cheaper then human observations but do the same thing a little faster. And humans observe us either way and nobody gives a good crap about what they do but as soon as people learn of a great new invention that is cheap and more efficient people start to care and try to find things wrong with the stupid thing that does not matter jack but everyone makes a big deal. So i think there should be drones.

3/6/2014
Calfiornia
Gary
Horace Mann
No it shouldn't be legal. it should be as legal as marijuana

1/19/2014
MI
Abigail
Homeschool
No, they should be banned from the United states. for any purpose of use. They infringe our privacy, are unconstitutional an dif ever used for weapons are severly innacurate and would cause many unnecesary civilian deaths.

12/19/2013
Vacaville/California
Charlie Miller
Mr. Hawkins
I think it is ok for the U.S. to use drones for the border patrol and search and rescue, but it should not be used for anything else besides that. If drones are used for anything else besides two things, then it violates people's privacy and is unconstitutional. If drones are used to monitor the actions of law-abiding citizens, then the government would be too controlling and would be contrary to the notion of what it means to be in a free society.

12/12/2013
Boston/MA
kassandra
Cait/EDCO
i think drones are actually a good idea in some ways. i think the government should only use drones to capture suspects and criminals. i think they should only be able to collect your exact location if they have a license plate number or yuour exact face. sort of like a GPS. yes, there should be a warrant because what if they go and blow up or arrest the wrong person. the problem is now the government and no longer the person they are looking for.

12/12/2013
Boston/MA
James C.
Cait/EDCO
I agree with the with the use of drones. They could be used in a good way or bad. It does more good because if are during nothing wrong, then you should have nothing to worry about. And I think in order for them to spy on our homes, the government should have a warrant from a judge. I'd rather be safe than sorry.

9/27/2013
Watertown MA.
Hussein
Rimas/Watertown High School
I Don't agree with the use of Drones because it invades people privacy. If they are used to protect the borders then i understand, but the use of them against the American people is not right because most people don't want to be monitored and recorded.

9/27/2013
Watertown/Ma
Cody
Rimas/ Watertown High School
I definitely agree with the use of drones if they have a specific assignment like border patrol. Once drones start looking in on average citizens, that's when it becomes unconstitutional. Just protection our borders gives police much more flexibility with ground troops.

6/6/2013
Austin/Texas
Alex
Mrs. Costa
you all are having a great conversation and I likeyour points but the government is out to get ya.

4/22/2013
Irving/TX
Dennys Andrade
Bradley/Nimitz
I agree with the use of unmanned drones in the U.S. as long as it's for specific purposes like the protection around our borders,the search for missing persons, terrorists, etc. but even if some individuals do not approve of the fact that their personal privacy could be under siege one must look at the greater good that can come of advancement. Times are rapidly changing the level of technology has risen to new heights of ability becoming a great assest to society but at the same time proving that we must be ever more cautious to the danger that surrounds such expansion.

4/20/2013
Irving/Tx
Joshua B
Bradley/Nimitz
I think the domestic drones are very helpful because they protect us duing wars. They see what is going on and are alert to many things that we might see at first. As long as they continue to use to protect us its ok with me, but if they try to use it as a spy cam then that will invade or privacy.

4/20/2013
Irving/Texas
Darian
Bradley/Nimitz
I think unmanned drones should be used in the United States. The Drones would make America a safer place to live. The government should use the drones for however they seem fit to help the people the most. The restrictions of the drones should be voted on by the people. But the police should need a warrant to collect information on criminal suspects.

4/19/2013
Irving/Texas
April K.
Bradley/Nimitz
Unmanned drones should not be used in the United States. They should only be used for crimes and wars. They should also be used for things like terrorist threats, or for investigating in bombings like the recent bombings that went off in Boston at the Boston Marathon. Drones can be use to gather lots of crucial information that can protect Americans in the future. A warrant should be required to collect information from the drones, because they invade the privacy of citizens. The Fourth Amendment protects citizens against unreasonable search and seizures; therefore, the drones needs warrants to be used.

4/18/2013
Irving/TX
Alexis Morales
Bradley/Nimitz
Currently unmanned drones act as an asset in war,protect our borders and as a whole serve as a vital tool in our protection. They should remain to do just that and no more. By allowing drones to invade our privacy without permission or warrant it violates our right to privacy. Yes, they can perform a large number of task and may benefit us in some ways. However the bad outweighs the good. By allowing drones to go beyond being a war asset and performing our day to day jobs we lose our jobs and our basic rights which include our privacy.

4/18/2013
Irving/TX
Steven Hutchason
Bradley/Nimitz
If there is someone that is of interest by any government agency for something then drones should be allowed to check it or them out. It would be the same as an under-cover detective just with a better view and chance. I personally don't mind them because i have nothing to hide and they can only implement good.

4/18/2013
Irving/Texas
Edgar
Bradley/Nimitz
No, unmanned drones should not be used inside the United States, as people will feel their privacy rights violated. The government should use drones in war zones, and should keep them there. The drones should not be able to collect data on the average citizen. Warrants should be required for the police to be able to use the drones on criminals as they have given the government a reason to by suspicious of them.

4/16/2013
Irving/Texas
Kelsie
Bradley/Nimitz
The unmaned drones should be use in the united states to help solve cases and things of that nature, but it still has to follow by the rules human or not. If their going to use it to investigate something the federal government should still have a warrant or pprobable cause before their just able to use the unmaned drone.

4/16/2013
Irving/Texas
Helen
Bradley/Nimitz
The use of domestic drones violates our rights if there is no warrant to accompany the use of a drone. While the new technology facilitates the protection of our nation it should not be a reason to violate the rights for which many have fought and died for. If people have died for our freedom the government should not have the right to take away our privacy without a warrant. It is acceptable that we would use drones in combat but it is not acceptable to use drones to spy on our own people if there is no warrant. No one is above the law and the law protects our privacy.

4/15/2013
Irving/Texas
Elyssa
Bradley/Nimitz
As our country moves forward in technology the privacy of its citizens weakens. These drones may be able to help real estate, fight fires and find a missing persons but at what cost to our privacy. Drones aren’t a bad idea but to be everywhere is a little drastic considering we all need our privacy as citizens of the United States. The drones now are being used at the border of our country, a necessity to maintain our safety. What is the difference between the cameras we have in public places and the drones we want to use to stop crimes. As citizens we deserve our privacy but with tighter security measures it seems like these rights are dwindling. If drones are becoming a mandatory necessity than they should only be used in largely populated public areas such as Times Square, theme parks, parades etc. If someone commits a crime under a drones supervision isn’t it the same as persons view? If so why should the police need a warrant to see the evidence? We need to keep our country safe but also maintain the safety and privacy of our citizens.

4/15/2013
Irving/Texas
Delaney
Bradley/ Nimitz
The use of drones for inside the borders of the U.S. is a very touchy subject. They invade the privacy of law abiding citizens, and are at the disposal of the government. The U.S. has been known to use drones in the war on terror, but what threat of terrorism is present here in the states? If these drones are used at all they should require a warrant, but even with the warrant how can citizens be assured that their privacy isn't being invaded? Drones still pick up information about where ever they fly over, so unless they are put into the air right above the house of a suspect that needs some serious, heavy duty surveillance how can they be used with out messing with others' constitutional rights? Unless the kinks in the use of drones plan then they are unconstitutional.

4/15/2013
Irving/Texas
Samantha N. S.
Bradley/Nimitz
The use of unmanned drones in the United States is a great idea- with restrictions and limitations to keep it from infringing on the people's rights. Technology is constantly improving and emerging, and that's something that should be embraced and encouraged in this modern, fast-paced world. Americans need to be prestigious in all aspects, and that includes the realm of technology. The use of drones would be very effective and beneficial with finding missing people, tracking storms, and fighting fires and such. If the police want to find evidence for a crime through the use of drones, then, much like searching through a person's home, a warrant should be required. The foundation of our country lies in the protection of our constitution, and that should continue to be preserved for the sake of the country and of the people.

4/14/2013
Irving/Texas
Monica A.
Bradley/Nimitz
Unmanned drones should be used in the United States, but with restrictions. The government can use the drones to help find people who've gone missing. Instead of having large search parties, drones would be more efficient to use at a fraction of the cost. Drones should have restrictions on the type of information they can collect. We don't need drones to be collecting personal information, since that would be an invasion of privacy. Warrants should be required to collection information through drones. People would be violated if the police used drones to collect information.

4/12/2013
Irving/Texas
Alan
Bradley/Nimitz
The use of domestic drones can have both positive and negative effects on the citizens of the United States. They could be used to find missing people a lot easier than having search parties. They could also be used to invade other people's privacy, so certain rules will need to be made so they aren't used for anything that violates any rules. Warrants should still be required for police to collect information, because they are invading others privacy without their consent. They must be regulated and kept within the law. Everyday use would also not be acceptable, because monitoring everything citizens do is invading their privacy.

4/11/2013
Irving/TX
Gabe
Bradley/Nimitz
The use of unmanned drones is perfect when we're fighting threats overseas because it means we don't have to risk the precious lives of our soldiers, but the use of drones on our home land is simply ridiculous. If you think the amount of crazy paranoid conspiracy theorists is ridiculous now, just see what would happen if these drones were let loose in American cities. We don't need eyes in the sky, constantly watching citizens for the biggest reason that it would be a giant waist of money. We shouldn't feel like prisoners constantly being watched every time we step outside. And if the drones were used for border patrol, what would the drone even do if it did catch someone crossing the border? Shoot them? Yeah, that sounds like a great plan, shoot all of the outsiders.

4/8/2013
Irving/Texas
Zachery
Bradley/Nimitz
I strongly agree with using unmanned drones in the united States only, if it's for certain purposes like protecting our borders, looking for missing persons, terrorists, etc. Though I do not agree with the use of drones just to spy on people, its need restrictions like the only way you'll be able to use drones, is if you have a warrant but, if anything were to be found using a drone, just to “spy' on people should not be able to hold up in the court of law. I do like the idea of having drones protect our skies from threats though, it is a pretty cool idea.

4/8/2013
Irving/TX
Maddie
Bradley/Nimitz
Unmanned drones have both positive and negative affects. Drones seem to be useful, but they also seem to be an invasion of privacy. A warrant should absolutely be necessary for police to collect information from them. No one wants the government constantly watching over them- I certainly don't. I just don't like the idea of being watched at all times. Every American citizen has the right to privacy.

4/8/2013
Pennsylvania
Erin
WPHS
Yeah, this is a clear violation of an individual's right to privacy. The only time they should be used is in a search for missing people.

4/5/2013
Irving/ Tx
Samantha S
Bradley/Nimitz
The use of drones is a good idea, for example when searching for missing people. It woulld ensure that American citizens are being taken care of. An idividual's right of privacy is almost taken away, but it could also help save many lives. However, there needs to be guidelines and restrictions, so that the goverment does that take it over board.

4/5/2013
Irving/Texas
Giancarlo
Bradley/Nimitz
The use of domestic drones has its pros and cons. The law enforcement authorities can put a stop to crimes and other law-breaking circumstances. Is this really invading our privacy? The government can see our every move, but the drones will keep us all safe. Not only can they see our moves, but they can see the criminals' moves as well.

4/5/2013
Benson, AZ
Rhiannon
Sorensen/ Benson
If the citizens of the US want to see the governement provide more portection, whether it be with drones or some other form, then they shouldn't complain if something is taking away our privacy. In todays world, I don't feel that there is much privacy in the first place.

4/4/2013
Irving/Texas
Yessica
Bradley/Nimitz
The United States should allow unmanned drones, but only for issues that concern the whole nation for example border patrol and to search for missing people. Not only could this lower the crime rate, drones can also make sure that we live in a safe environment. However they should not be allowed on a day to day basis to spy on people, that would stripping citizens of their privacy, because as citizens we will have the sensation of being watched. There should be warrants as well because the officials are still using information that will be used against them.

4/4/2013
Irving/TX
TJ
Bradley/ Nimitz
It is a good idea to use drones for various helpful reasons. One of these reasons is searching for missing people. Having a constant eye on someone, whether the information and video is used, will help insure the safety of many American citizens. I do understand how this could take away from an idividuals right of privacy but it could also help save many lives. Why wouldnt the government invest in something the protects the American people? Especially in threatening times like these. Drones will help reduce the amount of man power we would need giving us more available support for other events. There does, however, need to be guidelines and restrictions that should be assesed in using the drones.

4/4/2013
Irving/TX
Kelly
Bradley/Nimitz
The use of drones could be very benificial in helping us in war, missing person, crimes, etc. However, I see how they could how people would worry about them not having their privacy. If unmanned drones end up being used they should not invade anyone's privacy in any way. Drones could be very useful with criminals and crimes. Although, I do think the police should be required to have a warrant to collect information from someone beforehand, because that is an invasion of someone's privacy.

4/4/2013
Irving/Texas
Wesley
Bradley/Nimitz
Just imagining walking outside to a world full of drones makes me feel like I'd be in the middle of another futuristic Hollywood flick. At first thought, the domestic use of drones would have the American population running for the cliffs like a pack lemmings. But, at second thought, drones would have a very advantageous part of society. Drones used to fight fires, photograph real estate for sale or survey crops, look for a kidnapped child: all of these are very good uses of drones that are actually beneficial. They only assist and improve domestic life. But, where drones start to infringe upon our rights would be through law enforcement. Humans have the right to live a life without the fear of being constantly monitored. Even if we aren't doing anything illegal, the mere fact that a drone is there collecting information on my life is very scary and very detrimental to my privacy. Thus, the police would need a warrant to collect such information. Drones are a great technological advancement, but the second they start to invade the privacy of the individual without the consent of that individual they are no longer a benefit.

4/4/2013
Irving/Texas
April S.
Bradley/Nimitz
The United States should use drones to keep American citizens safe. They can be used in missing persons, drug smuggling, and other illegal activities. Drones should not be used to be nosy in people's personal business that has nothing to do with the government or law. There should be a warrant to act on the information that is collected, but not to collect the information first.

4/3/2013
Irving/Texas
Leslie
Bradley /Nimitz
The United States should use the drones only for safety issues like help in missing-person, alert officers about accidents,crimes or for borders security. But having them roam around just because they would like to, this would bring many concerns to people because of the privacy people need. People need freedom, having drones will go over the border line of the peoples freedom.If the police would like to collect any data the police will need a warrant because this will state that they have authority to do in order to do a investigation.

4/3/2013
Irving/Texas
Misael
Bradley/Nimitz
Unmanned drones are now becoming a huge asset to law enforcement and to many agencies they are a necessary tool. That still does not warrant the unlawful spying of innocent civilians who cherish their privacy from unwanted eyes. The government should only use drones for border patrol safety and should first get a warrant from a judge like anything else to do surveillance on a suspect. Of course drones should be heavily regulated like any other aerial vehicle to protect the safety of our airspace.

4/3/2013
Irving/Texas
Tasia
Bradley/Nimitz
I don't like the fact that drones are buzzing above us and constantly monitoring what were doing. I agree with Senator Charles Grassley on how if the drones are always watching us then that would be violating the constitution and our "Freedom" would actually be limited. On the positive side I support it helping out the law enforcement and helping them find missing people, but if it's not being used to protect society than everything else they see should be ignored.

4/3/2013
Benson
Haley
Sorensen
I do not think that these drones are violate privacy if used only to protect our nation. If something is caught on camera that is not relavent to protection it should be ignored.

4/3/2013
norman/ok
martha ramirez
mntc
I think that having goverment officials use drones to moniter or lives is out of line. That violates our rights what's next? Are they going to place cameras in our homes, cars and ect....?

4/2/2013
Irving/Texas
Jessica W.
Bradley/Nimitz
I do not think there is anything wrong with the government using drones of they are regulated correctly. If the drones are being used for the right purposes like helping police with criminal activities or the military using it to help with missions, then there is nothing wrong with it. I do not think that they should be used for everyday use of just patrolling cites and watching citizens. That is an invasion of privacy and should not be allowed. A warrant should be required for police to spy on suspects but I do think it is a good idea for them to use the drones for seeing what the suspects are up to in order to make sure that they have the right person and that the suspect will be arrested for what he really did and not just suspected of doing.

4/1/2013
Benson/AZ
kayla
sorenson
i do believe they would help at the same time we do need our privacy just a little more. i believe they should still follow laws for a search warrant.

4/1/2013
Irving, Tx
Timothy Betts
Bradley/Nimitz
Just as with any emerging technology has or will be, drones are being characterized as the final stage in the United States' devolution into the Orwellian horror that some faction of political extremism has cheered as the Statue of Liberty burns in the distance and citizens are forced to march in the streets. Wrong. If the ACLU isn't going after it there probably isn't a violation of any rights. The truth is that drones, like any emerging technology, have implications that could lead us to a police state, but a policy of utilizing drones for the public good is as likely to lead to a dictatorship as regulating the amount of lead that can be in paint will. The implications of the technology are great but so are the benefits. However, as with any technology, oversight is necessary to ensure that, aside from avoiding a military dictatorship, we aren't violating the rights of the citizen. Drones necessitate oversight. There must be a legal framework for when drones can be used--similar to a warrant system. We can't invade privacy on a hunch. There must be some semblance of evidence in order to use drones to invade the privacy of a citizen. This is as it always has been. New technology necessitates new oversight. It seems obvious. And it is.

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