Congressional Report: The Feds Could Use Domestic Drones To Spy On Americans

Wednesday, September 12, 2012
By Paul Martin

Michael Kelley
Sept. 12, 2012

A new Congressional research report warns domestic drones may be able to bypass constitutional privacy safeguards because of their high level of sophistication.

Earlier this year the Federal Aviation Authority said it expects 30,000 of the unmanned helicopters to fill U.S. skies by the end of the decade.

The Congressional Research Service’s report says drones directly raise concerns about “the extent of government surveillance authority, the value of privacy in the digital age, and the role of Congress in reconciling these issues.”

Since drone surveillance (like facial recognition technology) “does not require any physical manipulation of a person or his things,” American citizens may not have the benefit of the Fourth Amendment’s “unreasonable searches and seizures” protections, the report found.

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