As drone technology advanced quickly in past recent years, the Obama Administration had decided to clear the way for as many drones as possible to become airborne. The official reason given was so that drones could help find missing persons, but the real reason was that they wanted as many drones in the sky as possible before legislators had time to create privacy laws to keep them in check.
The plan has been mostly successful. EPA drones are already spying on companies the administration doesn’t like in hopes of finding environmental infractions, and drones controlled by law enforcement officials are spying on people they suspect of wrongdoing. All of this is being done without warrants, not that I need to tell you that.
Some lawmakers are trying to get privacy laws into the books that would curtail some of this activity, but unfortunately they are behind in this race.
Well, in an ironic turn of events, the government is now trying to ban drones in certain areas – specifically the 401 U.S. national parks. They’re saying that the drones are annoying visitors, harassing wildlife and threatening safety. Apparently the harassment of wildlife is a bigger concern to the government than harassing innocent-until-proven-guilty American citizens.
These unmanned aircraft, which range from the size of a hummingbird to an airliner, are becoming less expensive as their capabilities improve. The national parks include 85 million acres of public lands and waterways.
Let me know how do you feel about drones flying high above your town, watching the activities of you and your neighbors.