This isn’t happening under Bush. This is happening under Obama. Where are all those loud-mouth lefties, and civil liberty groups, at now that their guy is the one who is presiding over the government’s expansion of privacy invasion?
A House-Senate conference report this week called on the Administration to accelerate the use of civilian unmanned aerial systems (UAS), or “drones,” in U.S. airspace.
The pending authorization bill for the Federal Aviation Administration directs the Secretary of Transporation to develop within nine months “a comprehensive plan to safely accelerate the integration of civil unmanned aircraft systems into the national airspace system.”
“The plan… shall provide for the safe integration of civil unmanned aircraft systems into the national airspace system as soon as practicable, but not later than September 30, 2015.”
The conference bill, which still awaits final passage, also calls for establishment of UAS test ranges in cooperation with NASA and the Department of Defense, expanded use of UAS in the Arctic region, development of guidance for the operation of public unmanned aircraft systems, and new safety research to assess the risk of “catastrophic failure of the unmanned aircraft that would endanger other aircraft in the national airspace system.”
It should be pointed out that the use of drones, by federal and state authorities, is already happening inside the US. Add this to the fact that the government is spying on Americans via social networks like Facebook and Twitter. Welcome to the Police State of America.