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‘Citizen Drone Warfare’: Hobbyist explores a frightening scenario (Video)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=Jplh7...

By Patrick Hruby, The Washington Times

Less than a month ago, rumors that celebrity news and gossip website TMZ was interested in obtaining a paparazzi drone prompted privacy concerns and public debate about the appropriate personal and commercial uses of unmanned aerial vehicles.

Now, a new online video poses a more troubling question: What if civilian drones are equipped to shoot more than just pictures?

Read more: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2012/dec/17/citizen-dron...




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This technology has been

This technology has been advancing for some time so it's a logical extension for these drones to eventually be equipped for armed warfare. My problem isn't with a citizen owning and operating these drones even when equipped for warfare as markets will always adapt to defend against them. My objection rises from the GOVERNMENT possessing and operating these devices over US soil.

The only thing that frightens me

The only thing that is "frightening" about this story is that ACLU analyst Jay Stanley was quoted saying America “cannot allow our skies to fill with flying robots armed with all manner of dangerous weapons” undoubtedly referring to police drones, not civilian owned drones--yet the context of the article suggested that the ACLU was suggesting banning civilian drones, when exactly the opposite is the case. Here is a further quotation from the ACLU on the topic:

Drones: The Nightmare Scenario by Jay Stanley, Senior Policy Analyst, ACLU

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But if nothing is done, how might things go? Let’s take a look at how police drone use could unfold:
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5. Private use is banned. A terrorist like the pilot who crashed his plane into an IRS building in Texas uses an explosives-laden drone to try to attack a public facility. In response, the government clamps down on private use of the technology. The net result is that the government can use it for surveillance but individuals cannot use it to watch the government.
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Drones are a tool, like a gun

Drones are a tool, like a gun or a computer or a wrench. Like any tool they can be misused. I personally don't see any problem with it as long as those doing it put safety and ethical behavior at the top of the list. Once you experience FPV flying, you can never look back. Its too much fun!

Most of these platforms are hand built and tuned. Bump the resolution up and make it full screen for full enjoyment. (Juz is probably one of the best you will find):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hRx8VFJPhvI&list=UU_ln1TA-w4...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hToJcmWLii8&list=UU_ln1TA-w4...

The human race divides politically into those who want people to be controlled and those who have no such desire. - Heinlein

'I personally don't see any problem with it as long as those

doing it put safety and ethical behavior at the top of the list'

Oh, no worries..Our government has a proven track record..of

being unsafe and unethical..

lol

So they should be the only

So they should be the only ones with this kind of tech? I think we should all have them. Level playing field and such...

PS. I am just a citizen and build my own. Its kind of difficult to un-know how to do something.

The human race divides politically into those who want people to be controlled and those who have no such desire. - Heinlein

Onward

Through The Fog

Wild Stuff

Is it going to be a video game in the skies at some point? I guess it's probably like that in Iraq and other countries. It could easily spread. Talk about dystopia!