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FAA moves closer to widespread US drone flights with plan for test sites

WASHINGTON – A future in which unmanned drones are as common in U.S. skies as helicopters and airliners has moved a step closer to reality with a government request for proposals to create six drone test sites around the country.

The Federal Aviation Administration made the request Thursday, kicking off what is anticipated to be an intense competition between states hoping to win one of the sites.

The FAA also posted online a draft plan for protecting people's privacy from the eyes in the sky. The plan would require each test site to follow federal and state laws and make a privacy policy publicly available.

Privacy advocates worry that a proliferation of drones will lead to a "surveillance society" in which the movements of Americans are routinely monitored, tracked, recorded and scrutinized by the authorities.

The military has come to rely heavily on drones overseas. Now there is tremendous demand to use drones in the U.S. for all kinds of tasks that are too dirty, dull or dangerous for manned aircraft. Drones, which range from the size of a hummingbird to the high-flying Global Hawks that weigh about 15,000 pounds without fuel, also are often cheaper than manned aircraft. The biggest market is expected to be state and local police departments.

Industry experts predict the takeoff of a multibillion-dollar market for civilian drones as soon as the FAA completes regulations to make sure they don't pose a safety hazard to other aircraft.

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/02/15/faa-seeks-proposa...

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"Privacy advocates worry"

Meanwhile, everyone else is looking forward to Big Brother seeing everything they do, and possibly killing them if what they are doing looks suspicious??

We Are ALREADY Under Surveillance

Haven't you seen the cameras on top of the traffic lights that look in all directions? Not the redlight cameras but the SURVEILLANCE cameras on top of the lights! They are there to track our movements and habits.

skippy