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Guest Post: Why I Voted Against The Drone Bill

Guest Post: Why I Voted Against The Drone Bill

Technology has enhanced our lives in so many ways. As citizens we have access to volumes of information that a mere decade ago would have been unthinkable. But with our extraordinary advance in technology also come significant privacy concerns. Emergent technology in the form of drones, satellites, smartphones, etc. has made it easier for both

North Dakotans Shouldn't Have To Live In A Surveillance State

It got overshadowed a bit by a couple of victories on the pro-life front, but the cause of civil liberties and personal privacy took a big hit yesterday when the state Senate voted down a bill which would have required that law enforcement obtain a warrant before using surveillance drone technology in a criminal investigation.

ND Senate Votes Down Drone Bill

The North Dakota Senate today considered and rejected a bill which would have required that law enforcement obtain a warrant before using a surveillance drone in a criminal investigation. Video is worth watching as Senator Joe Miller, when it became clear the bill would probably fail, asked that it be divided so that the portion

Democrat Legislator Admits That Drone Bill Opponents Aren't Concerned With Privacy

On the Legislature Today radio program last night host Dale Wetzel had on Rep. Rick Becker – who is sponsoring legislation to require that law enforcement obtain a warrant before using surveillance drones in a criminal investigation – and state Senator Carolyn Nelson who opposes that legislation. You can listen to the entire interview here,

Interview: Rep. Kevin Cramer Talks Drone Privacy And Airport Security

Earlier today I wrote about comments from Rep. Kevin Cramer which were dismissive of concerns over a drone privacy bill being considered by North Dakota’s legislature. The legislation, introduced by state Rep. Rick Becker, would require that law enforcement obtain a warrant before using a drone as a part of a criminal investigations with specific

Congress Kevin Cramer Backs State Limitations On Drone Use

In the Grand Forks Herald today are two letters to the editor poo-pooing state legislation to require that law enforcement obtain a warrant before using a UAV, or “drone,” in a criminal investigation. One is from Grand Forks County Sheriff Bob Rost, and the other is from UND Center for Innovation CEO Bruce Gjovig. A

Senator Rand Paul Gets Perfunctory Letter From Obama Administration: "The Answer To Your Question Is No"

Via Fox News, Attorney General Eric Holder has responded to Senator Rand Paul with a perfunctory letter advising him that the answer to his question about drone strikes on US citizens here in the United states is “no.” I’m sure the spin from the Obama administrations and its apologists will be that Senator Paul was

Democrats Leave Republicans To Stand Up For Civil Liberties Alone

As Senator Rand Paul took a stand on the floor of the Senate, mounting a 12 hour and 54 minute filibuster of President Obama’s CIA nominee while demanding answers to questions about drone assassination, Democrats were for the most part nowhere to be found: WASHINGTON — Senate Republicans took the floor on Wednesday, launching an

Drones Capable Of Snooping On Guns And Communications

The North Dakota state House has passed a bill (HB1373) on to the state Senate which would require that law enforcement obtain a warrant to use a surveillance drone as part of a criminal investigation. The bill passed the House despite hostility from the law enforcement community one legislator describing proponents of the bill as

Grand Forks Herald Flip Flops On Drone Privacy Concerns

“Despite a burgeoning national movement that’s resulting in proposals to protect individual privacy from coast to coast, too few police officers in North Dakota seem to take seriously the privacy concerns raised by drones,” wrote the Grand Forks Herald editorial board back in January, expressing support for a drone privacy bill before the legislature. But

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