Judge Napolitano: First Patriot To Shoot Down A Government Spy Drone Will Be A Hero
Blasts illegal use of “plastic drones” to spy on Americans in their backyards
May 16, 2012
Judge Andrew Napolitano has warned Congress not to act “like potted plants” regarding the increased use of unmanned surveillance drones without warrants over US skies by military, government, and law enforcement agencies.
Echoing the recent comments of his Fox News colleague Charles Krauthammer, Napolitano also said that “The first American patriot that shoots down one of these drones that comes too close to his children in his backyard will be an American hero.”
The federal government is rolling out new rules on the use of the unmanned drones this week, with the Federal Aviation Administration announcing procedures will “streamline” the process through which government agencies, including local law enforcement, receive licenses to operate the aircraft.
Privacy advocates have warned that the FAA has not acted to establish any privacy safeguards whatsoever, and that congress is not holding the agency to account.
A recently uncovered Air Force document also circumvents laws and clear the way for the Pentagon to use drones to monitor the activities of Americans.