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FAA Sets Plan for Allowing Domestic Drones by 2015

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So you still believe you're not living in a surveillance state? Well think again.

The Federal Aviation Administration just published a 74 page plan whereby law enforcement agencies, businesses, universities and hobbyists can begin flying drones in the U.S. by 2015.

No longer confined for use by the military and the CIA in missions to kill terrorist suspects in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia where hundreds, perhaps thousands of innocents have been killed in drone strikes. As we know even American citizens have been placed on "kill lists" by the White House as happened in 2011 in Yemen with the killing of American Muslim cleric Anwar al Awlaki and even his American born 17 year old son. Apparently, in little over a year these unmanned surveillance and aerial attack vehicles will be flying overhead in our not so friendly skies.    

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Not that it's all so surprising. There's a familiar habit when it comes to technology. Simply put if it can be developed and made operational, it will be.

And whether that technologies operation is legal, constitutional, ethically and morally correct or for any other reason to consider, that'll just have to wait.

Whether the public has been considered, polled and a dialogue initiated between the government and the people occurs, before this new technology is made operational, is still another matter.

When it comes to this new technology being operational, what is the purpose? In the case of drones if they're used for surveillance purposes, are they going to target people indiscriminately without specific and reasonable suspicion? What about the information and videos taken and gathered; where will it be stored, with what agencies and how long will it be kept by them?

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