Whither the Drone?

My roommate recently flew back from Tucson. He says it’s always his habit to put on his headphones and stare out the window the entire time. It calms him, and really who can say that’s any less productive than me watching some cut-rate movie or reading up about Javascript routines. I can see how it would be calming. In any case, he was watching the world go by when midway over the High Sierras he spotted something out the window, flying low beneath them. It was too big to be a bird, too small to be another airliner. He realized he was watching a drone in flight.

The EFF has recently filed suit against the TSA to demand it disclose more details about who, when, why, where and how it rents its drones to US Law Enforcement agencies.

Customs and Border Protection (CBP) – a division of DHS – uses the unmanned drones inside the U.S. to patrol the borders with surveillance equipment like video cameras, infrared cameras, heat sensors, and radar. But recent news articles as well as a report from DHS itself show CBP is expanding its surveillance work, flying Predator drone missions on behalf of a diverse group of local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies – including a county sheriff’s department in North Dakota, the Texas Rangers, the Bureau of Land Management, and the Department of Defense.

EFF filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request asking for more information about these drone flights, but DHS has yet to respond to the request. EFF’s lawsuit asks for an immediate response, including records and logs of CBP drone flights conducted in conjunction with other agencies.

EFF Demands Answers About Predator Drone Flights in the U.S. | Electronic Frontier Foundation.

The future is coming swiftly, and at least someone is here to fight the long slog battle that is watching the watchmen…

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