Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Bob McDonnell - Drones - #3927 - 'Say It Ain't So Governor' - Bearing Drift (2) Obama Set to Arm Italy's Drones in Milestone Move - Reuters

“It can’t be bargained with. It can’t be reasoned with. It doesn’t feel pity, or remorse, or fear….” So you remember the last time you got ticketed by a flying red light drone? Don’t worry… you will. Bob McDonnell: It’s great,” he said while speaking on WTOP’s “Ask the Governor” program. “If you’re keeping police officers safe, making it more productive and saving money…it’s absolutely the right thing to do.” A proposal to purchase drones hasn’t yet reached his desk, he says, but state law enforcement agencies are looking for the the most current ways to fight crime.........Now never mind that there are serious constitutional problems to red light cameras in the first place. Who the hell wants to give government the right to fly a drone over your home? Attaching a red light camera to one of those bad boys? Performing surveillance and other activities? Really? At what point does 2012 look more and more like 1984? Governor McDonnell and I probably agree on about 90-95% of all issues… but this is a bridge waaaay too far. A bridge ostensibly patrolled by drones, so it would seem. UPDATE: Here’s a brief statement from the Governor’s Office regarding the use of drones in Virginia: “Virginia is continually exploring law enforcement technology and techniques that can keep citizens and officers safe while making it more cost effective to conduct law enforcement activities. State Police do not currently use drones for law enforcement activities. If State Police were to add drones to its law enforcement tools, Virginia would consider policy and legal issues surrounding their use at that time.

Obama Set to Arm Italy's Drones in Milestone Move - Reuters - President Barack Obama's administration appears set to notify the U.S. Congress of plans to arm a fleet of Italian MQ-9 Reaper drones, a step that may spur a wider spread of remotely piloted hunter-killer aircraft. The administration could move ahead within two weeks on the proposal to let Italy join Britain in deploying U.S. drones with weapons such as laser-guided bombs and Hellfire missiles, American officials said.  Read more........

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