Do you think it's a good idea for local police forces to have drones?

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Do you think it's a good idea for local police forces to have drones?

spiced spiced
I just read an article about the increasing number of police forces around the US who want to have their own surveillance drones.

Do you think that's a good idea?
Answers (private voting - your screen name will NOT appear in the results):
Yes. It would make us safer.
2  (8%)
No. It would be a major invasion of privacy.
21  (81%)
Other. I'll explain in a comment.
3  (12%)
Total votes: 26
Poll is closed
02/20/2013
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Real or memorex Real or memorex
Thanks for linking that article. The Alameda police position illustrates many of the reasons drones are a bad idea.
02/20/2013
rihanne rihanne
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Originally posted by spiced
I just read an article about the increasing number of police forces around the US who want to have their own surveillance drones.

Do you think that's a good idea? ...
no and i live in a state where we have it.
02/20/2013
misterazor misterazor
Quote:
Originally posted by spiced
I just read an article about the increasing number of police forces around the US who want to have their own surveillance drones.

Do you think that's a good idea? ...
sounds like a bad call to me.
02/21/2013
Gunsmoke Gunsmoke
There is no way to stop new technology - there are public safety issues that can be addressed - but like every technology it can be abused. All we can do is ask for laws that provide adequate safeguards to prevent abuse.

Some will say that is not possible - I'm sympathetic to the fact that it is difficult to police - the police. But it's an on going issue that exists with wiretapping and all other police tactics.
02/21/2013
K101 K101
Quote:
Originally posted by spiced
I just read an article about the increasing number of police forces around the US who want to have their own surveillance drones.

Do you think that's a good idea? ...
At the moment, I honestly feel like they are probably more of a bad thing than good. I really am pissy about my privacy being invaded though and I've seen only bad come of them so far, so at the moment I have little reason to lean towards them being a positive thing.
02/21/2013
Allstars316 Allstars316
I don't like the idea
02/21/2013
SecondStory SecondStory
I don't like this idea and I'm sad that a place I once lived in is in the news for something like this.
02/21/2013
MrWill MrWill
All I can is the kind of drone you would have to worry about the local police in the majority of areas using... are a non issue. They are expensive, and easy targets.
02/21/2013
lulz lulz
I think they're crossing lines here
02/21/2013
spiced spiced
Quote:
Originally posted by MrWill
All I can is the kind of drone you would have to worry about the local police in the majority of areas using... are a non issue. They are expensive, and easy targets.
Actually, according the article, the cost is about $100,000, far less than a helicopter (and really, not that much more than a couple of police cars). At 3 pounds, they'll be hard to even detect, much less target.

I'm not completely against local law enforcement having drones, but I do think there need to be some VERY clear limitations - BEFORE they're deployed all over the US. Currently, with the exception of a couple of places, there aren't even any laws against their being ARMED and no warrant is required for any use.

I don't know about you, but it really creeps me out to think of one of these things hovering silently over our neighborhood, watching and listening through our walls, while my wife and I are trying out our new toys from EF!
02/21/2013
bog bog
Quote:
Originally posted by spiced
I just read an article about the increasing number of police forces around the US who want to have their own surveillance drones.

Do you think that's a good idea? ...
No, I think it's a positively horrible idea. Unarmed drones flying over US soil opens the table for armed drones flying over US soil.
02/21/2013
Noelle Noelle
Quote:
Originally posted by spiced
I just read an article about the increasing number of police forces around the US who want to have their own surveillance drones.

Do you think that's a good idea? ...
No right to privacy.
02/21/2013
spiced spiced
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Originally posted by Noelle
No right to privacy.
Are you saying 'No', you're against police drones because they violate privacy rights - or are you saying instead that you believe citizens have no right to privacy?
02/23/2013
gsfanatic gsfanatic
Depends a lot on what they're used for. Day to day surveillance gets kind of shaky, but it could prove quite useful for finding lost hikers and the like
02/24/2013
spiced spiced
Quote:
Originally posted by gsfanatic
Depends a lot on what they're used for. Day to day surveillance gets kind of shaky, but it could prove quite useful for finding lost hikers and the like
Yeah, I can see their usefulness and I'm in favor of their being used for search and rescue, as well as for apprehending criminals and preventing crimes. And surveillance of criminal suspects - with a warrant - would also be fine by me.

What I DON'T want to happen is their widespread use for warrantless surveillance of ordinary citizens - which is perfectly legal in most places today. That's just too 1984.

The bottom line is that we need to get legal constraints in place ASAP - before these drones are deployed everywhere. Preferably, this will happen on a national level, but right now, Congress is so divided, they would have a hard time passing a bill that declared the sky to be blue!
02/25/2013
Falsepast Falsepast
No.
02/25/2013
Total posts: 17
Unique posters: 14