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LOS ANGELES (CBS) — Surveillance aircraft used by the U.S. military overseas could soon be coming to the skies above Los Angeles County.

The FAA has streamlined the process that would allow agencies to fly
smaller, unarmed versions of the drones that hunt down terrorists in
places such as Pakistan and Afghanistan.
While the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department has not yet applied
for an application to fly drones over our skies, its Homeland Security
chief Bob Osborne said drones could be in the department’s future — with
some caveats.


“We have so much congestion in the skies that I would anticipate that
there would be some pretty rigid safety standards,” said Osborne.
Drones are typically used over locations where helicopters and fixed
wing aircraft are unable to fly, which Osborne said could have a myriad
of applications here in the Southland.
“Mountain rescue, where you have a car over the side that’s a
thousand feet down the cliff, oftentimes our aircraft can’t fly that
low,” he said. “It would be wonderful to know what’s down there before
we send a rescue crew.”

Federal officials already utilize drones to patrol a 1,200-mile wide swath of land east of San Diego near the southeast California border


But the recent expansion of drones and other unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) above American cities has raised privacy concerns among some who believe the technology could be used for surveillance on U.S. citizens without their knowledge.

President Obama set a deadline in February for the FAA to draft
legislation by May 14 that would determine how it will regulate the use
of lightweight drones by police and other public safety agencies..


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  • FOR YOUR SAFETY!

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  • Without a warrant signed by a Judge these are illegal. They should be and will be shot down.

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  • I was thumbed down like hell when i talked about civilian drone new law months ago, because ppl here do not understood what is the trouble exactly with privacy.

    But as they alrdy are few drones in activity on the us soil (texas border, Kestrel system ) it was logical.

    And behind USA PATRIOT Act and all these post 9/11 laws u can hide many things, and do not count to lawsuit someone, for example the last big law (2008) gave to the FBI a new tool called "Intrusive investigations".

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  • can you imagine these things hovering over your backyard?

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  • Yeah good plan until:
    -one crashes into an aircraft.
    -a drone crashes into a house and kills people.
    -a drone crashes on the freeway.

    The question is obviously not an "if" and "how many times" this is going to happen. The TSA had "rigid safety standards" for the body scanners they swore up and down were safe but of course, later turned out to be carcigenic.

    In each case the operator (the feds) will gets sued into the ground. So they will deploy these drones but More..

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