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Texas restricts civilian drone usage, leaves exclusive rights to authorities

from RT News

September 15, 2013

texas-drones-new-rules.siTexas has recently become one of the states that has limited the use drones by citizens in civilian airspace tipping the scales in favor of law enforcement use of unmanned surveillance.

The law that was adopted in May came into force this September, making private use of drones without proper permission from the authorities punishable by a fine up to $500…read more

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A pathetic attempt to justify the use of drones and robots

From Gulf News

February 10, 2014

RobocopI don’t remember the last time I saw a Hollywood action flick and did not come out of the theatre shaking my head, mostly in disbelief at the extent to which the Hollywood elites can go to brainwash the masses with their propaganda. The 2014 remake of RoboCop is no different…read more

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Wary of Mass Surveillance and Privacy Risks, New Group Wants St. Louis “Drone Free”

from Riverfront Times

February 12, 2014

boeing_drone-thumb-550x310St. Louis’ mayor, police chief, and top prosecutor all want the same thing: drones.

When the topic of drones flying over St. Louis was in the news last summer, they said drones will help fight crime, catch the bad guys, and make surveillance easier. But a new group that opposes the use of drones in St. Louis wants to tell the city’s residents that the controversial devices could do more to restrict liberty than increase safety…read more

Wary of Mass Surveillance and Privacy Risks, New Group Wants St. Louis “Drone Free”

From Riverfront Times: St. Louis’ mayor, police chief, and top prosecutor all want the same thing: drones. When the topic of drones flying over St. Louis was in the news last summer, they said drones will help fight crime, catch … Continue reading

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Drones In St. Louis? City Officials Mention Technology As Potential Crime-Fighting Tool

from the Riverfront Times

June 24, 2013

drone-file-thumb-250x210“There will be drones.”

So says St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay in a tweet yesterday on the controversial airplane surveillance technology.

Maggie Crane, spokeswoman for Slay, tells Daily RFT today that the mayor is referring to the federal government’s use of drones and says that St. Louis may at some point consider the tool…read more

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Press Release: Launch of DroneFreeStL

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEFist Button STL3

February 11, 2014

Contact: dronefreestl@gmail.com

Coalition Launches Drone Free St. Louis Campaign

to STOP Police Acquisition of Drones

 

St. Louis–Drone Free St. Louis is a coalition of groups and individuals who resist the use of unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones, by the St. Louis Police Department.  The coalition formed after Police Chief Sam Dotson announced last June that the St. Louis Police Department was applying for FAA permission to purchase a drone. This sentiment was repeated again in October when Chief Dotson joined the Holden Policy Forum at Webster University as the special guest fielding questions about the program.

Drone Free St. Louis is launching today to coincide with a national day of protest called The Day We Fight Back. The national effort aims to end mass surveillance.

Drone Free St. Louis also seeks to ensure that people are protected from the privacy abuses that may result from other government or private use of drones.

DroneFreeStL wants to promote individual and collective freedom by:

  • Stopping the advent of a new era of mass surveillance, which threatens to monitor behavior 24/7 and thereby limit free thought and expression.
  • Opposing the militarization of the police and the city’s part in furthering the military-industrial complex.
  • Ensuring that the St. Louis Police Department and the city of St. Louis allocate resources to improve lives, especially for underserved populations, rather than for technology that will most likely be used against those same communities.
  • Guaranteeing that there be adequate privacy and safety regulations in place, if such regulations are indeed possible, before consideration of any domestic use of drones for non-policing purposes.

Drone Free St. Louis has created a website with relevant and up-to-date information regarding police usage of drones and a FAQ.

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A comprehensive look at where things are in early 2014 as federally-sanctioned sites gear up for testing:

Drones over upstate New York: A look at an FAA test site

from Al Jazeera

January 21, 2014

drone2The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced in late December that Griffiss International Airport, a former Air Force base in Rome, N.Y., would be one of six sites nationwide with authorization to test commercial unmanned aerial systems (UAS), commonly referred to as drones. Years of coordinated effort came to fruition for the broad coalition of businesses, nonprofits, elected officials and academic institutions that pushed for the former air force base to be chosen. The competition had been fierce—with over 24 states vying to lead the way on what the Association for Unmanned Vehicles Systems International predicts will be an $82 billion industry by 2025…read more