The U.S. military are using remotely piloted weapons to attack enemies in other countries. There is speculation the same could be used for domestic patrols, weather to attack, or do surveillance. When this becomes domestic patrols it brings up some good questions.
While at the present time, limited, the US law enforcement is already using drones for surveillance
If someone shoots a drone down, could it be legally seen as self defense? Doubtful.
Would that imply the person shooting a drone down is deemed an insurgent/enemy? Depends on what you use to shoot it down, I guess. A 50mm machine gun in the backyard might work. But drones have a number of technological vulnerabilities that do not require the use of a firearm.
Also, if drones are used to discretely spy on us does that not violate our fourth amendment? http://www.aclu.org/blog/tag/drones
Will they need to adhere to filing a warrant before engaging in surveillance? Probable cause?Doubtful.
If we have such a high state of security, does it as Franklin stated strip us of all liberty? Good rhetorical question.
No responses are needed. None given.
Hopefully, this post will at least cause some to think. Yeah...right.
Beyond that if you do want to respond that's fine. Thank you.
No forum jihad, got it.
I'm interested in what others think. At the same time, I'm not interested in a holy war on the forum.
Post Script - This entire concept is frightening. My concern is not the pragmatic use of such a tool but how the government and private enterprise will eventually abuse it.