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1. Drones Coming To the Friendly Skies
The FAA expects to have regulations in place by 2014 for the use of unmanned aerial vehicles in American airspace by government and commercial entities. Already, police in North Dakota have used a drone to apprehend a criminal suspect, and the market’s already offered up some personal drones.
Reason's Tim Cavanaugh notes the benefits of drones in military technology. The president used drones to reduce due process for terrorism suspects and militants (defined as all military-aged males) to an off-the-record conversation at the White House. So what’s the good news about the technology's homecoming?
When was the last time Judge Andrew Napolitano and columnist Charles Krauthammer agreed on anything? Both suggested a domestic drone would likely get shot down pretty quickly. Napolitano accurately observed that that first person to down a drone of any kind would be widely recognized as a hero.
Americans may be divided on, or even largely supportive of, the use of drones to rain death on foreign populations. The idea of using the technology on the domestic population, for surveillance and increasingly military-style enforcement for suspected crimes against the environment, is a lot more unsettling. Perhaps unsettling enough to make the electorate do something about it. That would be great news.
Ed Krayewski is an associate editor for 24/7 News at Reason.com.