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    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (April 25, 2013) – A bill nullifying warrantless drone spying was signed into law by Florida Governor Rick Scott today. The bill passed the House 117-0 and the Senate 39-0.

    SB92 prohibits any law enforcement agency from using unmanned drones to gather evidence or other information without a warrant. It reads, in part: ”A law enforcement agency may not use a drone to gather evidence or other information.”

    The bill opens the door for any person whose privacy is violated by a drone to take civil action and would also make any evidence gathered in violation of the act inadmissible in court.

    Asked what he liked about the bill Thursday, Scott had a simple response. “I like privacy,” he said.

    The act makes its only exception allowing for the use of drones “to counter a high risk of a terrorist attack by a specific individual or organization if the United States Secretary of Homeland Security determines that credible intelligence indicates that there is such a risk.”

    Some activists have criticized the bill due to this particular exception for one person in the federal government to authorize its use. While it does raise legitimate concerns, as things exist today, Floridians have no protections against drone.

    Prior to the new law, without The Freedom from Unwarranted Surveillance Act:

    1. The DHS can call on Florida to use drones for any “non-emergency” situation it wants.

    2. The DHS can call on Florida to use drones for any emergency situation it wants.

    3. Law enforcement in Florida can use drones in any situation they want.

    Signing the bill into law eliminates number one and number three, so this bill ushers in a MASSIVE improvement over the status quo.

    http://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com...bill-into-law/
    It limits the use of drones as a counter to terrorist attacks. Sounds reasonable. What do you think?
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    I personally don't see the big deal ... Big Govt. can still call-out the Drones ... to spy on suspected terrorists before they attack ... so if a Drone Pilot *accidently* turns on the thermal-imaging cam and catches you naked in the hot tub ... well, that's just something we need to live with in the age of terrorism ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by exotix View Post
    I personally don't see the big deal ... Big Govt. can still call-out the Drones ... to spy on suspected terrorists before they attack ... so if a Drone Pilot *accidently* turns on the thermal-imaging cam and catches you naked in the hot tub ... well, that's just something we need to live with in the age of terrorism ...
    Not without a warrant. As it should be. No more willy nilly fly overs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lowden Clear View Post
    It limits the use of drones as a counter to terrorist attacks. Sounds reasonable. What do you think?
    Are they also going to ban Police helicopters?

    Because everything you can do with a drone, you can also do with a helicopter plus some.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Questerr View Post
    Are they also going to ban Police helicopters?

    Because everything you can do with a drone, you can also do with a helicopter plus some.
    Drones are.... Drones. Some idiot controlling it miles away that wont give a damn if given orders to fire. A human pilot on the other hand.....
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    Quote Originally Posted by RP12 View Post
    Drones are.... Drones. Some idiot controlling it miles away that wont give a damn if given orders to fire. A human pilot on the other hand.....
    And you have exactly what evidence that police and the DHS operate armed drones?

    You are aware that most drones can't carry weapons, right?
    Last edited by Questerr; Apr 28 2013 at 05:49 PM.
    sputterman: "Aiding the enemy? If the truth aids the enemy then we are in the wrong war."

    Me: "When the people who teach our children, protect us from fires and criminals, save our lives when we're injured, and defend us with their very lives make less in a year than a guy who throws a ball for a living makes in an hour, there is something truly (*)(*)(*)(*)ed up with our country."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Questerr View Post
    And you have exactly what evidence that police and the DHS operate armed drones?

    You are aware that most drones can't carry weapons, right?
    Who said only DHS and Police have drones? And why would Rand Paul have to filibuster for almost a friggin day to get an answer from Holder on if armed drones could be used here..... Common sense.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RP12 View Post
    Who said only DHS and Police have drones? And why would Rand Paul have to filibuster for almost a friggin day to get an answer from Holder on if armed drones could be used here..... Common sense.
    Because he wanted to make a political spectacle, entreat himself to pathalogically paranoid Rightwingers who know about as much about drones as your average 3 year old, and set up his Presidential bid for 2016.
    sputterman: "Aiding the enemy? If the truth aids the enemy then we are in the wrong war."

    Me: "When the people who teach our children, protect us from fires and criminals, save our lives when we're injured, and defend us with their very lives make less in a year than a guy who throws a ball for a living makes in an hour, there is something truly (*)(*)(*)(*)ed up with our country."

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    Any time a state government passes a law just to flip off the Federal government, I get +1 faith in humanity.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lowden Clear View Post
    It limits the use of drones as a counter to terrorist attacks. Sounds reasonable. What do you think?
    I think unarmed drones need less concern, but I would limit armed drones to battle terrorist attacks only

    does this also stop Americans from flying their own unarmed drones is the question?

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