Sunday, July 8, 2012

The Neighborhood Drone

Given the success of drone strikes against Al Qaeda operatives in Pakistan and Yeman among other places, apparently the government may be looking to deploy similar technology throughout Main Street America.
Although the thought of the neighborhood drug house being obliterated by a thousand plus pound smart bomb holds a certain appeal, these would be drones of a surveillance variety that could perhaps be a tool of local law enforcement officials, who are being stretched pretty thin with the rising crime rate and mediocre economy.
There is a question of privacy vs. the benefits drones could provide to a beleaguered law enforcement community.
We live in a society where our privacy is being increasingly infringed upon with the increasing prevalence of the cyber world. But on the other hand, there’s an increasing crime wave in America’s inner cities that an increasingly stressed police force is struggling to combat.
While I’m sensitive to the plight of law enforcement, I don’t personally want a governmental entity taking an even bigger bite out of my privacy.

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