Let’s just see who’s targeting whom here.

Americans have been asking, “How do we get rid of the surveillance drones overhead that are spying on us for no reason?” But the government doesn’t seem to be listening to the anger that Americans are expressing about the growing number of drones appearing in the skies with no privacy provisions in place.

Well, the folks in one Colorado town believe they’ve come up with a solution that might also be some fun. They want to declare open season on the drones and start shooting them out of the skies.

The Deer Trail town board will vote on an ordinance that would create drone hunting licenses and offer bounties for unmanned aerial vehicles. The proposed ordinance, crafted by town resident Phillip Steele, goes so far as to outline weapons, ammunition, rules of engagement, techniques and bounties.

Of course, there’s one little problem with this ordinance, even if it passes. It’s against the law to destroy federal property. And I hear that the feds are letting the Deer Trail town board know in no uncertain terms that shooting at drones will not be tolerated.

Update: This Time article says that the ordinance was voted down.

OK, fine. But how about waiting to launch this federal property until privacy safeguards have been locked in and full explanations of the drones’ activities have been provided? How about some promises – in writing – that any information captured by drones that does not relate to a specific investigation will be immediately destroyed? And how about limiting drone usage to looking for missing people and following the movements of known criminals?

How do you feel about the increasing number of surveillance drones in the skies over America? Do you trust the government to only gather information from these drones that is particular to a specific investigation, or do you think it’s one big fishing expedition? Let’s hear what you have to say about this.



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