Feds announce drone testing sites in Alaska, Nevada, New York, North Dakota, Texas, Virginia

  • Article by: MICHELLE RINDELS , Associated Press
  • Updated: December 30, 2013 - 5:00 PM

LAS VEGAS — Six states were named Monday by federal officials to develop test sites for drones — a critical next step for the burgeoning industry that could one day produce thousands of unmanned aircraft for use by businesses, farmers and researchers.

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easttonkaDec. 30, 1311:31 AM

How about the southern border? Or is that just too obvious for the Feds to figure out?

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jimtribuneDec. 30, 1311:41 AM

easttonka, the border patrol has operated drones on the Mexican and Canadian borders for years. Apparently too obvious for you to figure out though.

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capsule2Dec. 30, 1311:57 AM

This is going to lead to yet another intrusion into the personal lives of American citizens. So what will happen next?

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ericgus55Dec. 30, 1312:25 PM

I am no fan of the idea of surveillance drones being used within the United States (although, as jimtribune accurately pointed out, the border patrol has used them for years), but I can see little good coming from commercial use (unmanned delivery vehicles, as some companies have suggested). I can, however, see a few potential BIG problems (i.e. someone being killed by a drone crash, or worse). Just because we CAN do something doesn't necessarily mean we SHOULD do it (or allow it).

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BurntsideDec. 30, 13 1:12 PM

When autos came along, people feared them, too. It's inevitable that we'll have unpersoned cargo flights. We just have to do it safely.

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worflarDec. 30, 13 1:42 PM

Nothing about this is a good idea. We will have zero privacy left in 10 years. Drones following us in the skies; the NSA monitoring all our communications on the ground. We are dissembling as a democracy.

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palsarDec. 30, 13 1:51 PM

"When autos came along, people feared them, too." --- Yes but this administration has already proven they will collect intelligence/surveillence against U.S. citizens (i.e. NSA). Look at the locations of those "bases." Looks like complete coverage of the U.S.

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menumbreDec. 30, 13 2:07 PM

jimtribune: If the border patrol has operated drones on the Mexican and Canadian borders for years...how come we have over 12Million fradulently documented foreigners and the drugs keep flowing? Drones must not be very effective.

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menumbreDec. 30, 13 2:09 PM

We will have zero privacy left in 10 years. -- If you knew what I know you would realize you have zero privacy right now.

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palsarDec. 30, 13 2:16 PM

"how come we have over 12Million fradulently documented foreigners and the drugs keep flowing? Drones must not be very effective." --- I'm sure the drones work fine, it is the gov't that doesn't enforce the laws. Besides, the Dems don't want to stop the flow of new Dem voters.

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