There’s A Drone In Your Future

… or maybe your present; it’s hard to tell with today’s lack of regulations on drone use. But with high probability there’s at least a drone in your future:

Washington – A bill passed last week allocating more than $63 billion to the Federal Aviation Administration would increase the existence of drones in civilian airspace across America and is expected to be signed into law by President Barack Obama.

As America’s drone war begins a new surge in Pakistan, the U.S. House and Senate have both approved the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Reauthorization Act bill, a bill which would pressure the FAA to weaken rules currently in place on domestic drone authority, and allow American skies to be filled with tens of thousands of drones.

If the new bill becomes law, up to 30,000 drones could by flying in U.S. airspace by decade’s end. The Senate passed the bill by a 75-20 margin. Civil liberties groups have spoken out on the measure, stating the new legislation offers no restrictions on drone surveillance operations by police and federal agencies and could put us on track toward a “surveillance society.”

Well, so much for those backyard sunbathing parties… the rest of the article is as discouraging as the quoted part.

Seriously… I will not take this lying down. I will stand up, extend my old tennis racket as far as my arm can reach, …

H/T Avedon.

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  • MandT  On Wednesday February 15, 2012 at 12:05 am

    Perhaps it hasn’t occurred to our masters that hobby drones could carry explosives.

    • Steve  On Wednesday February 15, 2012 at 9:22 am

      MandT, I doubt they’ll sell the public any drone big enough to carry more than a firecracker. But yes, some people will doubtless work mischief with them other than the expected government drones (so to speak).

  • ellroon  On Wednesday February 15, 2012 at 11:41 am

    Will they start making those cute little target icons hover over liberal blogger’s rooftops? …. What’s that noise?….

    • Steve  On Wednesday February 15, 2012 at 2:38 pm

      ellroon, I’ve not seen a drone that could be made to hover. But maybe they’ll do that, now that you’ve suggested it…

      The noise is someone rummaging in your garage looking for another rubber band.

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