Spies in the sky signal new age of surveillance

  • Article by: MARK BRUNSWICK , Star Tribune
  • Updated: July 22, 2012 - 6:26 AM

A North Dakota criminal case highlights growing fears over police use of drones.

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rshacklefordJul. 22, 12 2:31 AM

Do not worry. The NRA will therefore lobby for citizens to own and be able to legally use Stinger missiles (surface to air) in order to defend their Second Amendment rights. Ted Nugent will rename these home-owned missiles Wango Tango's.

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EleanoreJul. 22, 12 6:46 AM

Sounds like he's got a case for a warantless search f his property, meaning they didn't have a warrant to access it with that mode specifically to search for this or that relating to a suspected crime connection. I'm sure his rights will be trampled, the government wants this access and they are going to take it.

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djcrazyJul. 22, 12 6:56 AM

"The public perception is that Big Brother is going to be snooping on them and that is not the case at all. It will not be misused." ------ Yeah right! Where have we heard similar statements like this before?

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wa0tdaJul. 22, 12 7:09 AM

The 4th Amendment has been eroding for decades. Changes in technology coupled with an apathetic public pretty much assure that anything goes.

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Lifeguard06Jul. 22, 12 7:47 AM

The united states owns the air space, plus they were already in an armed standoff in Lakota the UAS equipment was used to protect both the family lying about not having the cattle and the police.

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mnmaidJul. 22, 12 8:00 AM

Coming soon to Amerika: KGB-esque agents, spying on your every move. "We have ways of making you talk". This isn't the America I grew up in. It also isn't the America thousands of soldiers fought and died for. They preferred to defend the Constitution. Starting with the last administration, and continuing hell-bent with the current one, the Constitution is nothing more than toilet paper now.

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bizsmithJul. 22, 12 8:06 AM

Sounds like Big Brother but perhaps some help for the over extended law enforcement.

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strat1954Jul. 22, 12 8:33 AM

The only thing new here is that the planes are unmanned. I remember an incident many years back where a fellow from south of Grand Rapids was busted for the terrorist act of building an outhouse on his property. It was spotted by a manned surveillance plane. I suppose it is cheaper to fly unmanned, and that will greatly reduce the cost of finding unauthorized outhouses.

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e72521Jul. 22, 12 8:45 AM

The 4th Ammendment: "The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized." -- This kind of thing makes it sounds like the Supreme Court is gonna be a little busy. Gov't 'owns' the airspace? You mean a small drone can hover a few feet outside my highrise apt peering in and I can't do anything about it?

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nkeithJul. 22, 12 8:51 AM

The scariest comment? The same one used by all totalitarian governments - '"If you're concerned about it, maybe there's a reason we should be flying over you, right?" said Douglas McDonald, the company's director of special operations and president of a local chapter of the unmanned vehicle trade group.'

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