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Domestic Surveillance Drones On the Rise 96

Toe, The writes "Predator drones have now racked up over 10,000 hours of airtime in the U.S., largely for immigration enforcement. Homeland Security reports that drone operations lead to the apprehension of 4,865 undocumented immigrants and 238 drug smugglers in the past six years. Compare that to 327,577 illegal migrants caught at the southwest border in fiscal 2011. The only limits on their surveillance are FAA regulations keeping them away from crowded urban areas, and this is for safety reasons, not privacy. While the drones cannot see through windows, they certainly see a lot of what goes on in the (former) privacy of peoples' yards. The article cites Michael Kostelnik from the Office of Air and Marine for the Border Protection service saying he's never been challenged in Congress about the appropriate use of domestic drones. 'Instead the question is: Why can't we have more of them in my district?'"
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Domestic Surveillance Drones On the Rise

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  • by TheRealMindChild ( 743925 ) on Wednesday December 21, 2011 @05:19PM (#38453216) Homepage Journal
    All you have to do is blitz the raido waves with garbage, wait for it to go into "home" mode, spoof the GPS signal, and you got yourself a hot sell on ebay.
  • by uniquename72 ( 1169497 ) on Wednesday December 21, 2011 @06:20PM (#38454006)
    He meant Mexican ebay.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday December 21, 2011 @06:24PM (#38454062)

    Not so long ago, this type of spying on U.S. residents was seemingly so out of the question. I never heard anything about this when growing up (and I'm not all that old). It says something about our country that this is how we're using our technological advancement -- especially when it's not just spying on potential drug dealers or illegal immigrants, but also spying on average citizens behaving themselves.

    I used to be against this too, but a little less than 3 years ago I came around to seeing why this is great. The only reason I can see anyone being against spying on US citizens is racism.

  • Re:Led (Score:0, Funny)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday December 21, 2011 @06:53PM (#38454358)

    Holy shit, that was autistic.

    Judge without knowledge at your peril,

    Yes, we know that. Shut the fuck up with your fake guru bullshit. You're not the wise man you think you are spouting commonly understood things.

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