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    I hope you take the opportunity to see this:

    May 17, 2013

    House Committee Judiciary | Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations

    1 hour, 20 minutes  

    Domestic Use of Drones

    I can't imagine living in a world in which the local police department could surveil at will, for god knows what reason, its citizens.

    In watching this panel of drone "experts" it made my blood run cold. It was more than obvious to me we have entered new territory with this one.  :(

    From the Electric Frontier Foundation

    Reasonable Expectation of Privacy

    The Fourth Amendment only protects you against searches that violate your reasonable expectation of privacy. A reasonable expectation of privacy exists if 1) you actually expect privacy, and 2) your expectation is one that society as a whole would think is legitimate.

    This rule comes from a decision by the United States Supreme Court in 1967, Katz v. United States, holding that when a person enters a telephone booth, shuts the door, and makes a call, the government can not record what that person says on the phone without a warrant. Even though the recording device was stuck to the outside of the phone booth glass and did not physically invade Katz’s private space, the Supreme Court decided that when Katz shut the phone booth’s door, he justifiably expected that no one would hear his conversation, and that it was this expectation — rather than the inside of the phone booth itself — that was protected from government intrusion by the Fourth Amendment. This idea is generally phrased as "the Fourth Amendment protects people, not places."]

    that's just the first paragraph.

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