Sheriff in Oakland Wants Surveillance Drone
Alameda County seeks it for rescues, SWAT operations, pot busts
By John Johnson, Newser Staff | Suggested by pg13
Posted Oct 20, 2012 8:46 AM CDT
The drone would look something like this.   (AP Photo/Mesa County Sheriff's Unmanned Operations Team)

(Newser) – It's beginning to look like surveillance drones are destined to become a routine part of police operations in the US. Alameda County—home to Oakland and Berkeley—is the latest to sign on, with Sheriff Greg Ahern planning to buy a small, unmanned drone to help with things like search-and-rescue missions, SWAT operations, and pot busts, reports the Oakland Tribune. The cost would be somewhere between $50,000 and $100,000, but the FAA still must approve.

The AP says four other police agencies already have gotten FAA approval to train employees to operate drones—Miami, Seattle, Arlington, and Mesa County, Colorado, though only the latter has the green light to use them on a regular basis. The Electronic Frontier Foundation, the ACLU, and other privacy advocates are worried about flying cameras peering down on backyards and want Alameda County to provide more details on how the drone might be used. Congress, meanwhile, has ordered the FAA to come up with regulations by 2015.

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Observer
Oct 21, 2012 10:27 AM CDT
Police Drones - the new "Clay Pigeons". I hope people get out their rifles and take these police state robots down. They are pure Gestapo. How long will it be before some shit eating cop will be caught videoing women naked sunbathing or peeping thru bedroom windows. It WILL absolutely happen. THEN WHAT YOU FUCKTARDS? Every decent citizen should demand immediate change and curb the excessive bullshit the police expect Americans to swallow. End the Patriot Act. Cut funds to the cops. Prosecute these scumbags that violate our rights daily. Imprison the cops that shoot people with total disregard.
Wrongdirection
Oct 20, 2012 8:33 PM CDT
and then all the 12 year olds will be taking their remote planes off roof tops knocking these 100 grand machines to the ground.. why play game in the house when you can take it outside and have your friends join in the games... now this is some funny stuff to have a mental picture of... lmao
backpath2
Oct 20, 2012 5:58 PM CDT
What's next, an F-16? There's enough firepower in this country to blow everybody away six times over. All the Chinese have to do is wait for us to kill each other off.