The drone surveillance debate
MARCH 16, 2014, 7:23 PM
Domestic drone surveillance has raised privacy concerns similar to concerns over NSA surveillance. Dianne Feinstein, chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, talks with Morley Safer.
Wary of Mass Surveillance and Privacy Risks, New Group Wants St. Louis “Drone Free”
from Riverfront Times
February 12, 2014
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 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
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
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 11, 2014
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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Drones dominate Twitter chat with St. Louis police chief
November 11, 2013
ST. LOUIS • The police chief’s first-ever live Q&A session on Twitter garnered questions and comments today about everything from drones to crime statistics and the need for a civilian review board.
Dotson tweeted nearly 80 times during the session from noon to about 1:30 p.m. according to his Twitter account, @chiefslmpd. Nearly 50 people tweeted questions and comments to him.
About a dozen of those individuals’ tweets centered on using drones in police work — an idea Dotson has floated since the summer after announcing that he filed an application with the Federal Aviation Administration.
In an interview following the live chat session, Dotson said the FAA has given the department the first green light…read more