Creepy Domestic Drones Can Detect Armed Citizens, Track Cell Phones

March 4 2013
by GSL Staff
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An article describing the new capabilities of drones to be used in a domestic role (in US skies, on US citizens) says that the unmanned drones will be able to detect whether a surveillance subject is armed and also be able to identify the subject’s phone and use it for ID and tracking purposes.

While now the drones can only detect openly carried long guns, how long will it be until they can detect the shape of an openly carried handgun (open carry is legal in many states)?

The capabilities were revealed in recently released government documents about the drones.

The Predator B drones are currently in use by the FBI, the Secret Service, the Texas Rangers, and several local police departments.

Many of these drones have already been found to be operating outside the fairly strict requirements set forth for drone use in domestic air space, but with little oversight and virtually no punishment for drone misuse, we can expect that drone surveillance will quickly become a regular activity.

“I am very concerned that this technology will be used against law-abiding American firearms owners,” says Alan Gottlieb, founder and executive vice president of the Second Amendment Foundation. “This could violate Fourth Amendment rights as well as Second Amendment rights.”

Hat tip – Katie Pavlich

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