I Like Drones! There...I Said ItSubmitted by Vots on Wed, 04/24/2013 - 13:17
Okay, let me be clear I don't like Hellfire missiles coming down on me but I was having a conversation with a DP user on another thread here about drones. And it made me think we need a thread to discuss the application of drones. Not what the government wants to do, not all the evil things that can be done with drones...
but a real, civil conversation on the topic. This is my opinion and I'll appreciate the follow ups on this:
Drones are a technology that is now consumer ready. Like their applications of use or not, they're here. And like all technology, you got to live with it. Anybody could now have a drone if they wanted to. Now we're not just talking about THIS DRONE or THAT DRONE . Drones are now available for civilian use as well.
Now you don't have to convince me about what inhumane crimes can be done with drones. You could do anything from taking military grade drones and mounting missiles or spy level cameras on them. You could even take the smaller RC drones and mount smaller firearms on them or cameras to infringe on the people's right to privacy.
But the thing about drones, their evil use is all everybody wants to fear and talk about. And I understand why. The United States has used the militarized Predator and Reaper drones in questionable acts in the Middle East. Some of the government believes they have the authority to kill American citizens overseas without due process, and there's a fear that could trickle into this country. There's Senators like Lindsey Graham who are quite outspoken about the use of military drones in this country. And I get that. That's something we don't need, but I'm glad Rand Paul brought that issue to light with his 13 hour filibuster -- and I actually think we'll put the right laws in place before that happens.
So you don't need to convince me that we need to have federal laws in place that make it clear you can not have Predator or Reaper drones flying anywhere over this country. We need to have clear guidelines for law enforcement that reinforce our constitutional rights. This is common sense stuff our legislative body needs to address. It's not legal for helicopters to hover over your property, it's not legal for police to enter your property without just cause or a warrant. The same needs to be said when police start flying these RC drones.
But not only will it be cheaper and safer for an officer to open his trunk and track a fleeing suspect with his RC drone, instead of calling in a helicopter. There's also other applications popping up already.
You've got the hobbyists who just like to fly them around for enjoyment.
Hunters use them to scout hunting grounds or land owners use to them to monitor their land.
And people are using them as capital to start successful businesses in the film industry.
Like with any technology, there's good and bad uses. The same arguments made against drones, are the same ones anti-gunners make against firearms. We need to hold drones to the same constitutional standards of right to privacy and due process just like everything else. But to say there's no use for drones, nobody can have them and force drones out of the picture is a little to authoritarian for my taste.