From WTOP 103.5 FM’s website.
Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, a retired U.S. Army lieutenant colonel, says he is open to any technology that makes law enforcement more productive. The use of drones, which was recently endorsed by the police chiefs of Fairfax County and D.C., would make better use of valuable police resources. Police drones flying over Virginia would be “great” and “the right thing to do” for the same reasons they are so effective in a battlefield environment, the state’s chief executive said Tuesday.
Say what? Keep in mind this gentleman is a Republican (obviously not a little “r”). Yeah drones are great in a COMBAT environment, they allow you to see what is happening and maybe even fire a rocket or two at someone without risking your human assets. I get that. What I don’t understand is why we need drones in U.S. airspace. I mean if we were all terrorist or criminals I could understand. But for the local police, sheriffs departments, state troopers, the F.B.I and any others to have this power would be a severe breach of the ordinary citizen’s privacy if used unconstitutionally. The Virginia governor noticeably failed to mention how the drones would be used and what protections would be put in place for citizens.
We’ll keep an eye on this one and watch how it develops.