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PostSubject: FAA takes major step in expanding drone use in America.   Fri Feb 15, 2013 4:50 pm

And Obama has taken another step towards violating the Constitutional rights of the citizens by signing the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012. This administration just will not give up. Where are all of the people who 5 years ago said we would never let drone patrol our skies? They said people that believed a police state was coming were crazy. Every day that passes and with every act of this administration those people are the ones who are being proved to be crazy. The police state is here and is gearing up in full swing.

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US President Barack Obama has approved legislation that is expected to immediately accelerate the use of domestic surveillance drones within the United States.

On Thursday, Pres. Obama signed the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012, a bill that the Federal Aviation Administration’s AnneMarie Ternay describes as containing requirements for integrating unmanned aircraft systems and vehicles such as drones into the national airspace starting immediately.

With the president’s approval this week, the FAA has already begun soliciting proposals from cities across the country that are interested in becoming one of six soon-to-be established test sites where drones and UAVs will be sent into the sky as America takes the next step towards accepting the latest generation of aircraft.

The FAA says that locations in over 30 states have already showed interest in the program. Soon the agency will be tasked with picking a mere half-dozen locations so that drones can formally be introduced into official US airspace and not just strips of sky above designated areas.

Should the FAA stay on schedule, drones are likely to start flying regularly in the US by late 2015, and as many as 30,000 non-military UAVs are expected to be in the sky by the end of the decade. First, however, the FAA, drone builders and pilots will have to pick test sites to work out the kinks of a controversial aircraft.

“We expect to learn how unmanned aircraft systems operate in different environments and how they will impact air traffic operations,” FAA Chief Michael Huerta says in a statement obtained by the Associated Press. “The test sites will inform the agency as we develop standards for certifying unmanned aircraft and determine necessary air traffic requirements.”

"This research will give us valuable information about how best to ensure the safe introduction of this advanced technology into our nation's skies," Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood added to the AP.

Earlier in the week, the head of the FAA’s new drone department spoke at a convention outside of Washington, DC to discuss some concerns Americans have voiced en masse lately about bringing drones to inside of America’s borders. The US Department of Homeland Security already has an arsenal of the aircraft at its disposal for use in border-patrol missions, but small-time law enforcement agencies and other federal, state and educational institutions hope to have drones of their in the near future. So far, the FAA has received at least 81 applications from entities wishing to obtain drone licenses, including police departments and universities. What exactly law enforcement could do with a drone has some Americans concerns, though, an issue that was addressed at this week’s conference.

“We currently have rules in the books that deal with releasing anything from an aircraft, period. Those rules are in place and that would prohibit weapons from being installed on a civil aircraft,” Jim Williams of the FAA’s Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Integration Office said this week.

On the same day that President Obama signed off on the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012, around 150 people from Oakland, California attended an Alameda County meeting to weigh in on demands from figures there to put drones in the sky.

“We oppose the use of public resources to buy machines to surveil its citizens,” said Michael Seigel, a member of Alameda County Against Drones, according to Wired’s Danger Room.

Earlier in the week, the FAA’s Mr. Williams dismissed those concerns, saying, “The FAA has no authority to make rules or enforce any rules relative to privacy.”

“We can ask [the industry] to take into consideration the privacy issue. … There aren’t any rules to date on that.”

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PostSubject: Re: FAA takes major step in expanding drone use in America.   Sat Feb 16, 2013 1:13 pm

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...They said people that believed a police state was coming were crazy. Every day that passes and with every act of this administration those people are the ones who are being proved to be crazy.
Amen to that!
Agree with all you said...it is here and we are being forced to contend with it!

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5 Homeland Security ‘Bots Coming to Spy on You (If They Aren’t Already) There are other interesting links within the links you may wish to read as well.

http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2013/02/dhs-drones/?pid=1804&viewall=true

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PostSubject: Re: FAA takes major step in expanding drone use in America.   Sat Feb 16, 2013 1:42 pm

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...They said people that believed a police state was coming were crazy. Every day that passes and with every act of this administration those people are the ones who are being proved to be crazy.
Amen to that!
Agree with all you said...it is here and we are being forced to contend with it!

You may be interested in this tidbit:

5 Homeland Security ‘Bots Coming to Spy on You (If They Aren’t Already) There are other interesting links within the links you may wish to read as well.

http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2013/02/dhs-drones/?pid=1804&viewall=true

Interesting link. I have never seen the swimmers before. There is only one way I would be ok with drones over us airspace and that is if they were under the control of search and rescue teams not law enforcement. They could be an asset to search and rescue in mountainous regions to locate and drop supplies to those in need while they wait for a rescue crew to come and get them. That is it. And only search and rescue crews would have access as well as strict guidlines for their use. The potential for abuse is too high for anyone else to utilize them responsibly.

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PostSubject: Re: FAA takes major step in expanding drone use in America.   Sat Feb 16, 2013 1:59 pm

I agree totally.

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The potential for abuse is too high for anyone else to utilize them responsibly.

I feel they already ''abuse'' the use of these drones - especially when I heard of the first drone use/arrest of Rodney Bossart in TX .
Using mil stuff because of cows .... what is next? Oh yeah, the drones can get Americans now with no due process:( Grrrr... this is sO UNGodly wrong.

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