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Thursday, March 7, 2013

Are Drones Already Over USA?

drones over usa

Amid the controversy over a newly-released memo, documenting the CIA’s policy on the targeted killing of American citizens with drones, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has released a list of public organizations that have applied for a special permission to use drones over USA towns and cities.

Permission certificate, called Certificate of Authorization (COA), allows universities, police departments, and government agencies, including the U.S. Army, the FBI, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), NASA and the Department of Homeland Security to utilize drones for surveillance purposes.

The list includes 81 public entities that have applied for FAA drone authorizations through October 2012, but does not specify the status of the applications. In other words, it is not known how many of these organizations are already using drones. Interactive map of the applicants’ locations is provided by Google.

Currently, private organizations can not apply for COA and certification limits the size of the drones, as well as the scope of the area to be surveyed.

Congress passed a law that required the FAA to clear the path for use of drones in America, in February, 2012; but the FAA currently does not have any guidelines to integrate unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) into to the airspace.

As the number of civil liberties associations are raising questions about the drone use on USA air, Charlottsville, VA. became the first city in the United States to pass a resolution banning the use of unmanned aerial vehicles, on Tuesday, February 5th.

Electronic Frontier Foundation, a digital privacy rights organization says, they encourage people to ask hard questions of government officials about who is funding drone development in their communities and what policies the government will demand agencies follow if they fly drones. We need greater transparency and citizen push-back to protect Americans from privacy-invasive domestic drone use.

Emine Dilek (118 Posts)

Publisher/Managing Editor: Progressive Press. Contributing Editor: WVoN-Women's Views on News. Columnist: Palm Beach Woman Magazine. Former executive producer and radio host: WVR -Women's Voice Radio, Human Rights/Peace Activist, Aspiring Author/ Journalist/ Poet/ Blogger. Emine also appears as a revolving guest on PNN radio show -international political analyst-, and had been a guest on Liberal Fix and Brian Hammer Jackson Show. Her articles have been published in various publications such as The Vibe UK, The New Agenda, W.E.A Women @ Work, Amazing Women Rock and ICAHK.