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Univ. of San Diego School of Law

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Unmanned Surveillance Drones in Houston (Kolber)

Small_crimprof_photo The Houston Police Department has been testing a small, unmanned aircraft that can be used for surveillance.  As Professor Rocky Rhodes (South Texas College of Law) notes in the video, one issue raised by the drones is whether they are already being used by law enforcement and whether and under what conditions their use constitutes a search for purposes of the Fourth Amendment.

You'll notice that the reporters are not bashful about telling you how great their investigative journalism was here.  Their "cameras were their for the entire secret test."


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Mr. K.,
Great article. Now when houses and vehicles suddenly explode we'll wonder if it was a gas leak, meth lab or those pesky drones.

This could back fire and cause more harm than good. We already have lil flying machines (helicopters). Thanks.

Posted by: Thomas R. Griffith | Jan 15, 2010 10:04:23 AM

Let it be known that it was foreseen that the use of drones by the police for good will be overshadowed by a single act of bad.

Officers will spy (test) on spouses (ex & current), girl/boyfriends and strangers. They will eventually arm them and thus making them deadly weapons. Misfires and accidents will happen as they tweak them. Innocent lives will be caught up in the rush to militarize the police depts. But, they already have & military rank system, tanks, machine guns & camo.

Don't believe it? Then print it and wait and see. Thank You.

Posted by: The Team | Jan 15, 2010 10:27:12 AM

That's very helpful to the police department. now the police officer's job became easy. they now perform their duty very effectively. spouse cheating could not be hidden now. ha...ha... ha...

Posted by: Cheating Spouse | May 27, 2010 9:35:07 PM

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