New Bill Could Allow Drones To Be Shot Down

Buried inside a massive spending bill working its way to the White House is a measure that could allow authorities to destroy private drones without a warrant.

The nearly 1,000-page FAA Reauthorization Act was approved 93-6 on Wednesday by the Senate in a rare show of bipartisan effort. The House bill, which passed that body last year by voice vote, is currently at the stage of resolving differences between the two chambers in Congress before heading to President Trump’s signature.

Part of the language of the measure allows authorities to address potential risks posed by wayward or “possibly hostile” unmanned air systems, commonly referred to as drones, and, if thought dangerous, to allow for members of the U.S. Departments of Homeland Security and Justice to seize control of the craft or “Use reasonable force, if necessary, to disable, damage, or destroy the unmanned aircraft system or unmanned aircraft.”

This has civil liberties groups metaphorically up in arms over what they characterize as a vague mandate that can be easily abused.

“These provisions give the government virtually carte blanche to surveil, seize, or even shoot a drone out of the sky — whether owned by journalists or commercial entities — with no oversight or due process,” said Neema Singh Guliani, senior legislative counsel to the American Civil Liberties Union. The group, along with the Electronic Frontier Foundation, have slammed the anti-drone aspect of the bill, saying it could legalize the shoot down, for example, of media drones capturing footage of potentially controversial events or the destruction of unmanned aircraft used by advocates to document protests.

“If lawmakers want to give the government the power to hack or destroy private drones, then Congress and the public should have the opportunity to debate how best to provide adequate oversight and limit those powers to protect our right to use drones for journalism, activism, and recreation,” the EFF told Tech Crunch.

source: guns.com

  • CrustyOldGeezer

    ANY BILL that DOES NOT DEFUND and DISSOLVE the ‘homeland security’ debacle NEEDS to be SHOT DOWN and the people that push it, WATERBOARDED TO FIND OUT WHY!

    You really want homeland security?

    MANDATORY ACCESS to ALL current ‘weapons of war” the 2nd Amendment was created to Protect.

    MANDATORY K-12 FIREARMS SAFETY AND TRAINING!

    THE TOP 2 REASONS the government wants ‘gun control’.

    THEY control the GUNS!

    Does it bother anyone besides me that the government wants to DENY YOU AND ME THE RIGHT TO PROTECT MYSELF, and REQUIRES WE, THE PEOPLE TO PAY FOR THE GUNS TO PROTECT them?

  • USCBIKER

    If they can shoot ours down then we sure as f**k should be able to shoot theirs down!

  • Just more over reach from a group of clowns want to control the masses . Lock N Load is our real home land security !

  • samuel

    Just more over reach from a group of clowns want to control the masses . Lock N Load is our real home land security !

  • martha

    ANY BILL that DOES NOT DEFUND and DISSOLVE the ‘homeland security’ debacle NEEDS to be SHOT DOWN and the people that push it, WATERBOARDED TO FIND OUT WHY!You really want homeland security?MANDATORY ACCESS to ALL current ‘weapons of war” the 2nd Amendment was created to Protect.MANDATORY K-12 FIREARMS SAFETY AND TRAINING!THE TOP 2 REASONS the government wants ‘gun control’

  • finn

    If they can shoot ours down then we sure as f**k should be able to shoot theirs down!

  • nnnn

    ANY BILL that DOES NOT DEFUND and DISSOLVE the ‘homeland security’ debacle NEEDS to be SHOT DOWN and the people that push it, WATERBOARDED TO FIND OUT WHY!You really want homeland security?MANDATORY ACCESS to ALL current ‘weapons of war” the 2nd Amendment was created to Protect.MANDATORY K-12 FIREARMS SAFETY AND TRAINING!THE TOP 2 REASONS the government wants ‘gun control’