FBI: yes, we do use drones for domestic surveillance

by Walter Olson on June 20, 2013

But it’s been “very seldom” so far. Oh, well, then that’s okay. [Mashable, Guardian, earlier]

More: Most of us would say a drone hovering 20 feet above our back yard invades our property. Will the FAA agree? [Voss, NoWayFAA.org]


1 jdgalt 06.20.13 at 8:09 pm

If it’s flying that low, I’ll bet lots of people will try bringing it down with a rock.

2 John Burgess 06.20.13 at 11:10 pm

Or tennis racket or Nerf[TM] gun. Or, if the property is rural enough, a 12-gauge shotgun.

3 Leland D. Davis 06.21.13 at 9:31 am

The geology department at Idaho State University just recently got a drone, for doing reconnaissance as part of their research efforts. Drones are becoming very common, and are here to stay. Actually, so is thermal imaging, which can be used by cops to look at your house (privacy issues), or by wildlife managers to count deer numbers through forest canopies (no privacy issues). The issue is not so much the technology, but where the technology fits in with the fourth amendment when used by police.

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