Saturday, February 16, 2013


Awesome...why not just turn all everyone's webcams on 24/7 too?

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 among 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.

Yeah, I'm sure that last part will be foolproof.


Anonymous said...

Yep, nothing's going to go wrong there (eyes rolling).

Anonymous said...

The plan would require each test site to follow federal and state laws and make a privacy policy publicly available.

Their "privacy policy" being: "You have no privacy".

Anonymous said...

Having my own drones is my Second Amendment right!

pansypoo said...

i'll be more worried when cororations find a use for them.

Anonymous said...

Luckily, drones are such advanced technology that our enemies could NEVER figure out how to make them, because drones NEVER malfunction and crash and our enemies could NEVER copy them..

And luckily, the thought of attacking us back with these weapons would NEVER occur to them!

Montag said...

Lefties, in general, spend a lot of time justifying the need for government--and for adequate taxation to run it--and then pretty much undo all that effort by endorsing really stupid, highly intrusive schemes simply because they refuse to stand up and challenge the entrenched authoritarians in government, or worse, willingly take their advice without due consideration.

This is precisely the sort of thing that worries civil libertarians and unhinges the right-wing black helicopter crowd, and leads them to believe, not entirely without merit, that the government is out to enslave them.

One of the things that's become dominant over the years since WWII has been the tendency of both right and left to embrace technology simply because it's available, not because it's ultimately a good idea, and this is an example. (The current idiocy prevailing in the per-mile gas tax schemes around the country is another.)

Tremendous potential for abuse, high costs, of limited or no use in reducing the most expensive crime in the country--white collar crime--and yet, there's already considerable momentum toward their deployment, thanks to the defense aerospace industry and law enforcement lobbying, and a Congress too weak-kneed or too corrupt to put the brakes on a bad idea.

The war on terror comes home....

carolyn Annafiglia is a nice old lady said...

ya know, This is one use I can think of for having a gun.