If the FAA's estimates are correct...The Federal Aviation Administration is working towards putting the finishing touches on rules and regulations for widespread domestic drone use, and the agency expects as many as 30,000 UAVs will be in America’s airspace by the decade’s end...Homeland Securitity Janet Napolitano told a House Committee panel in July that the DHS was “looking at drones that could be utilized to give us situational awareness in a large public safety [matter] or disaster” and the next piece of the puzzle is already being put into place. With their latest solicitation, the DHS acknowledges that it is specifically testing a “Robotic Aircraft For Public Safety,” but the components necessary to be considered suggest that any drone adopted by the agency will be brought in for sweeping surveillance. The solicitation request requires that all drones be equipped with Electro-Optical/Infra-Red sensors, as well as the technology to sniff out certain chemicals from thousands of feet from above. The UAV must also have an integrated laser designator, can be hand-launched by a single person and must be able to be remotely managed by a pilot with only one day of training...http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2012-10-09/uncle-sam-prepares-...No need to worry about your privacy, though - so long as you have nothing to hide.Just imagine how nice it will be to see Nobel Peace Drones cruising every neighborhood in America. Crime (or any sort of "non-government-approved activities") could be a thing of the past.Who needs civil liberties, anyway - right?
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