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    LAPD manhunt: Police, others deny drone search for Christopher Dorner, but not all do

    The Feb. 10 Daily Express story cited unnamed sources in its report that U.S. Customs and Border Protection was using drones to hunt Dorner.

    A senior police source said: "The thermal imaging cameras the drones use may be our only hope of finding him. On the ground, it's like looking for a needle in a haystack."

    But such technology is already available on law enforcement helicopters. It's called FLIR, for "forward looking infrared imaging systems." A FLIR unit appears as a black ball attached to the underside of a helicopter (see photo above). The LAPD has plenty of helicopters equipped with FLIR, and most police helos have them.....

    The prospect of police drones summons up the spectre of police-state surveillance methods and vanishing personal privacy. But are such concerns warranted?

    Josh Meyer, director of education and outreach for the Medill National Security Journalism Initiative, says the worlds of military and civilian equipment are merging faster than Congress can write rules to balance privacy and police powers.

    "That's something Congress is looking at  now in the Homeland security committees in the House and Senate," Meyer said. "They are trying to figure out what regulatory framework there can be for this type of thing, what kind of oversight there should be, who's in charge. But a lot of that is up for grabs right now."

    Law enforcement agencies already have eyes in the skies in the form of balloons on the national borders, helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft. Drones would be one more tool for law enforcement.

    "When you talk about drones, there is a supposition that there's constant surveillance from above, and that it's much more invasive," Meyer said. "So I think that's the concern from people that there is something hovering over them at all times watching everything that they do — a Big Brother type mentality."


    Warning - some snark above‽ (-9.50; -7.03)‽ "We're like a strip club with a million bouncers and no strippers." (HBO's Real Time, January 18, 2013)

    by annieli on Mon Feb 11, 2013 at 09:13:45 PM PST

    •  thank you, seriously. (1+ / 0-)
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      you may move your tassel to the other side.

      somebody, i hope, will address this immediately following SotU, since i doubt even an eyeblink mention will occur during it... ProPublica, hopefully... or Aljazeera... or guardian-uk.

      gad, i am sleepy.

      but thank you.

      There is no Article II power which says the Executive can violate the Constitution.--@Hugh * Addington's Perpwalk: TRAILHEAD of Accountability for Bush-2 Crimes.

      by greenbird on Mon Feb 11, 2013 at 10:41:31 PM PST

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    •  Drones wont help He will look like any other human (0+ / 0-)

      I know of two vehicles that were shot at by the police for no reason.

      I'm glad that I don't live in Big Bear. With the one million dollar reward, that place must be crawling with idiots with guns

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