Friday, January 25, 2013

Here come the drones.

Sheriff's Office wants to fly drones over Orange County skies Sheriff's spokesman Jeff Williamson would not reveal specific uses for the drones, larger versions of which are known for flying over tribal regions of Afghanistan and Pakistan to drop bombs on suspected terrorists.

 He said he did not know the manufacturer or model number.

 The money to buy them came from a grant, but he said he was not sure which program.

Although Williamson would not say exactly how the drones would be used, he wrote in an email that they might be deployed when looking for explosives, barricaded suspects and to inspect "hostile/inaccessible terrain" or at train accidents.

Here is the back door by legislatures.   Source:
But lawmakers adopted an amendment that would allow the use of drones if a judge specifically allows a drone to be used to complete a search warrant, if there is a "terrorist attack" or in "exigent circumstances" when, for instance, a person's life is in danger, such as a hostage situation.

 And why should this be so scary?

Florida's driver-and-vehicle database, the system that can help law enforcement identify victims of fatal crashes and decipher the identity of a suspect, can be a useful tool for cops.
But the system — known as D.A.V.I.D., for Driving and Vehicle Information Database — can also be easily abused.
Data obtained by the Orlando Sentinel show the number of Florida law-enforcement officers suspected of misusing D.A.V.I.D. skyrocketed last year.

From Minnesota you don't even need to be a cop.
"It's illegal to access drivers' license data without a government purpose, but investigations have found that misuse is common. Several public employees and agencies have been disciplined for it in the past year."

So go ahead trust a law enforcement that doesn't know anything about drones, spies on you , and won't let you record them with out arrest. Yea go on trust them. 

Keep in mind this is a law enforcement and society that considers pedestrians and bicyclist as collateral damage.