Say "NO!" to Domestic Drones

Posted on June 29, 2012

I recently wrote this letter to my Senators:

I am writing you today to express my concerns about the latest trend in domestic surveillance: domestic unmanned drones or UAV. Unmanned aircraft allowed to operate and conduct surveillance over American skies constitute a grave threat to all facets of American civil liberties.

How can we have freedom of speech, freedom of assembly, and freedom of association when all of our activities are monitored and recorded? Domestic drones would crush any notion of the First Amendment.

Drones are military-grade weaponry and should not be deployed in domestic space any more casually than should tanks. The fact that drones operate in the air, potentially out of sight, does not make them any less of a military instrument inappropriate for use on civilians. Domestic drones tread close to infringing on the Third Amendment.

The use of drones for domestic surveillance is a clear violation of the Fourth Amendment. Drones observing suspicious individuals will no doubt also capture large swaths of data on innocent civilians. The collection of data without a warrant is a violation of the Fourth Amendment and is not justifiable under any circumstances.

In summary, the US Constitution does not grant the federal government, nor state governments, nor municipal law enforcement agencies the right to deploy drones in American airspace. Any attempt to do so is absolutely unconstitutional and must be stopped.

I urge Congress to take the steps necessary to protect the people of the United States from such attacks on our freedoms.

Thank you for your time, Senator.

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