Military drones piloted from Syracuse attack targets in Afghanistan. Griffiss airport in Rome tapped to test the safety of commercial drones. With little fanfare upstate New York has become central to adaptation of unmanned aerial vehicles. Last night, the controversy over drones came to Utica.
Connecticut police are urging state lawmakers not to rush into regulating high-tech unmanned aircraft known as drones. A proposed bill before the General Assembly's Public Safety Committee would allow police to operate drones, but only for legitimate law enforcement purposes.Officers would have to get warrants, unless there's an emergency.
A journalist has filed a lawsuit alleging Connecticut police violated his free-speech rights when they questioned him for using a drone to take pictures of a car wreck.
Pedro Rivera's federal complaint was filed Tuesday against the Hartford Police Department. It says officers demanded that he stop flying the remote-controlled aircraft and told his employer that he had interfered with a police investigation.
After viewing an especially well crafted Public TV video-history on the Scottish/American naturalist, John Muir’s role in the preservation of America’s National Parks and the founding of The Sierra Club, this commentator was moved to dig deeper and came across an observation, by biographer Donald Worster, who noted Muir’s belief that his mission was “…..Saving the American soul from total surrender to materialism.”
Two Yale students and a long-time peace activist from New England were arrested Monday in a unusual protest at a Central New York air base. The trio are bent on stopping drone strikes on civilians in distant lands.
Vermont Congressman Peter Welch and ACLU Vermont Executive Director Alan Gilbert used the Chittenden County Courthouse as the backdrop to express their concerns about the increasing domestic use of drones. Welch, a Democrat, said he will introduce legislation to assure privacy rights are not infringed as more and more law enforcement, businesses and private entities use the technology.