It has been reported that unarmed drones may have been deployed to find self-proclaimed killer Christopher Dorner near Los Angeles. The deployment of these small, unmanned aircraft by local public agencies, including law enforcement agencies, appears to be increasing due to their widespread availability, and low acquisition and operational costs. To deal with growing security and privacy concerns from their citizens about this use of drones, local and state governments are responding with anti-drone resolutions and laws to restrict or prohibit their use. Dan Verton in an article titled “Stage Set for Battle Over Domestic Drones” in HS Today. It sets the stage for the upcoming debates on the use of drones for domestic purposes. His article can be found here.
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Gordon O. Tanner
Principal Deputy General Counsel
United States Air Force