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Charlottesville Virginia Becomes First US City To Ban Government Spy Drones

Activists want to see legislation at Federal level

Steve Watson | Infowars.com | Feb 5, 2013

Yesterday we brought you news on the efforts of the House of Delegates and the Senate in Virginia to bring about a two year moratorium on the use of surveillance drones by government and law enforcement agencies. Today we learn that Charlottesville, Va has passed legislation to outlaw the use of drones, making it the first US city to do so.

In a 3-2 vote, city councilors passed the anti-drone resolution Monday, echoing the State level effort to halt the use of drones for the next two years. There will, in effect now be a ban on the craft entering Charlottesville city limits, prohibiting any city agency from using the technology.

The council will urge the Virginia General Assembly and Congress to keep drones out of local air space.

The resolution adopted by the council reads:

“WHEREAS, the rapid implementation of drone technology throughout the United States poses a serious threat to the privacy and constitutional rights of the American people, including the residents of Charlottesville; and

“WHEREAS, the federal government and the Commonwealth of Virginia have thus far failed to provide reasonable legal restrictions on the use of drones within the United States; and

“WHEREAS, police departments throughout the country have begun implementing drone technology absent any guidance or guidelines from law makers;

“NOW, THEREFORE, LET IT BE RESOLVED, that the City Council of Charlottesville, Virginia, endorses the proposal for a two year moratorium on drones in the state of Virginia; and calls on the United States Congress and the General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Virginia to adopt legislation prohibiting information obtained from the domestic use of drones from being introduced into a Federal or State court, and precluding the domestic use of drones equipped with anti-personnel devices, meaning any projectile, chemical, electrical, directed-energy (visible or invisible), or other device designed to harm, incapacitate, or otherwise negatively impact a human being; and pledges to abstain from similar uses with city-owned, leased, or borrowed drones.”

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The city of superman

The home of the late Christopher Reeve.

Lex Luther voted twice. He was caught on the third try.

Way to go, Charlottsville!

Hope more cities are liberty-minded.

What's the penalty?

Would it be trespassing? If so, as I recall, hasn't airspace been annexed to the federal government?

Michael Nystrom's fists can punch through FUD.

I am very happy about the ban.....but

why was the vote 3 to 2?

Why wasn't it 5 to 0?

Who is voting for civiliam drone use? I see this issue as completely bi partisan and if anything you would think democrats for sure would be against this kind of stuff.

What are the names of the two council people that voted yes? They need to hear from people. This kind of stuff shouldn't even be close.

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Watch this from last March 2012:

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

The show was canceled...I wonder why.

The law cannot make a wicked person virtuous…God’s grace alone can accomplish such a thing.
Ron Paul - The Revolution

Setting a good example is a far better way to spread ideals than through force of arms. Ron Paul

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And who were these two asshats

who voted against the measure? Pitchforks anyone?

"Government is the entertainment division of the military-industrial complex". - Frank Zappa

robot999 This is all I could find

Vice Mayor Kristin Szakos, who voted against the resolution, says she "can imagine ways in which drones might be used for positive things" and that the move was premature.

"I think drones have been used for bad things, but it's like banning airplanes because they can drop bombs," she says. "At this point, the city isn't even talking about using drones. It seems premature to me to ban them altogether."

http://www.usnews.com/news/articles/2013/02/05/city-in-virgi...

That's great news

I happen to be going to a wedding there soon.

Colchester, New London County, Connecticut

Well You Have A Great Time Aphrodite13

...and thanks for posting