Originally posted by harryhaller
Hmmm, the cops don't have exclusive rights to bomb women and children without ANY oversight, which is what you do, in foreign countries against which
you aren't even technically at war? Just more collateral??
And as for Mr Black Marketeer, it's all ok so long as normal citizens can't have them? IOW, only those who brown nose for government contracts? We
call them shills, cowards and scum.
And of course, none of you think it's wrong, plain old?
Oh wait, you're giving up our freedoms for your (job) security ... cute.
I know you hear about the Predator mostly, but they are the few compared to what UAVs are all about. You are right in your thoughts, but the cops
will not be using an attack UAV, they can't afford one even if they wanted too or somehow got the rights to.
What they will use though are small 30 minutes to an hour flight time ones that can be launched quickly and can follow perpetrators, and/or scan areas
for needed intelligence for whatever the condition warrants its use. That use will be very limited though, but extremely helpful to them. These are
the 10 pounders...
55 pounders are mostly gas power and have a much longer stare time...20 hours plus, but they are also somewhat limited. They will normally only carry
one camera so you would have EO in the day and IR at night. These cannot carry anything but camera and gas, so once again the missile firing drone is
something on a much larger scale, and the missle firing ones can fly in the US right now, because they are treated like real aircraft not drones.
Let me ask you...
Is flying in a plane or helocopter with cameras morally wrong?
If it is what is so wrong about it or if it is ok what then make UAVs wrong? 100% of my missions have been scanning roads for IED placements,
Following convoys looking ahead and to the sides for ambushes, following patrols through towns doing the same, supporting troops under fire to
identify sniper placements etc. That is it...it's called Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance or ISR.
In the states you would get much the same, but in our case you would get an extremely cost effective way to truly monitor our borders. In this case
you could, day or night, follow anyone crossing into America and follow them for 1/2 a day to have a bus waiting to pick them up to take them back for
a few gallons of gas.
Cops would launch smaller ones or have one already in the air to support them on high speed chases, as in they would no longer need to chase just
follow the car until it parked then get them, follow suspects on foot, scan around buildings etc. Somewhat limited, but extremely valuable in the
Industries can use them too for security of their businesses and even some neighborhoods who might want that type of security to help keep where their
kids play safer.
What you might envision is most likely illegal before or after they are able to fly more openly and so is not really a part of all this.
And finally after this is passed it gives any citizen the right to own and operate them....so much for the Mr. Blackmarketeer scenario.
22-2-2012 by Xtrozero because: (no reason given)