Drones Seattle didn’t want land in LA with a cautious police department–spying on Angelenos

The people of Seattle were up in arms that their police bought two drones to spy on them without warrants or court approval. These police must have thought they worked for Obama in the NSA—corrupt, abusive and sneaky. They were forced to sell the drones, claimed they were being sold back to the vendors.

Instead they gave the drones to the Los Angeles Police Department—so they can illegally and immorally spy on our citizens and visitors. How soon will the people in LA revolt against this totalitarian spying effort by the local police?

“As reporter Joel Rubin explains it, LAPD officials went to pains to reassure the public the drones wouldn’t be used to spy on them – and said if they are used at all they will be used on a limited basis. One example given is when police need to see inside a building to know how to respond to a hostage situation or a barricaded suspect.

Seriously does anybody believe the LAPD? Time to get rid of the drones and those that accepted and approved them—including the Police Chief.

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Drones Seattle didn’t want land in LA with a cautious police department

Posted by Liz Enbysk, Smart Cities Council, 06/04/2014

Seattle officials pulled the plug on using drones for police work last year after protests from residents and privacy advocates. At the time, then-Mayor Mike McGinn indicated the two Draganflyer X6 Helicopter Tech drones purchased with a Homeland Security grant would be returned to the vendor.

But instead, they’ve landed at the Los Angeles Police Department as gifts from Seattle PD, according to a Los Angeles Times story.

As reporter Joel Rubin explains it, LAPD officials went to pains to reassure the public the drones wouldn’t be used to spy on them – and said if they are used at all they will be used on a limited basis. One example given is when police need to see inside a building to know how to respond to a hostage situation or a barricaded suspect.

ACLU raises concerns about potential for abuse

The Times report said LA police officials didn’t even refer to the unmanned aerial vehicles as drones to avoid the negative connotations the word arouses. Even so, an ACLU official in Southern California raised concerns about the department using them at all given the potential for abuse.

Similarly, the ACLU expressed similar concerns with the situation in Seattle, where a spokesman lauded the city’s decision to ground them. “Drones would have given police unprecedented abilities to engage in surveillance and intrude on people’s privacy and there was never a strong case made that Seattle needed the drones for public safety,” Doug Honig said in a Seattle Times story last year.

 

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Comments

  1. As the war in Afghanistan winds down, I suspect the government will be deploying them more and more in American airspace (and/or) as military surplus will be provided to law enforcement for local surveillance.
    Big brother is already here, and the sheeple need to be awakened.
    It’s time to elect some strict Constitutionalists to public office who will serve the people instead of themselves.

  2. Eagles Glen of eagles says

    Fair weather gear, spying license, permits, insurance paid for?

  3. Why not have the Police keep a log on the DRONE usage
    Log could read as follows:
    1.27 PM. Engine started and idled for 2 minutes.
    1.29 PM. Drone left for Disneyland expected ETA 12.5 minutes
    1.45pm. Arrived at Disneyland late (Heavy Traffic)
    1.48PM. Got photos minors smoking POT
    1.48.4PM. Sent photos to lab
    2:00. PM Returned to headquarters (Light Traffic)
    2:30 PM. Submitted a Notarized Document to local Judge
    Had a Beer with the Judge left @ 5:00PM to attend Union Meeting.
    Personel required for this activity 5 people total time 3 hours each
    Checked out on Time clock. Only worked 3 hours overtime today.

  4. –“and said if they are used at all they will be used on a limited basis.”

    Oh I guess they are still waiting to have weapons systems mounted on them. Then they will be fully functional.

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