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If you haven't already, watch this hilarious/terrifying clip produced by the New York Times on the coming surveillance drone invasion of the USA. Seattle artist Drew Christie created the video for the Times.
- Ban the use of weaponized drones in Massachusetts.
- Permit the use of drones only in limited circumstances —
- To execute a warrant;
- For purposes other than criminal law enforcement, as long as the information cannot be used as evidence in a criminal proceeding or investigation, or used for any intelligence purpose; and
- In emergencies when a threat to human life or safety is imminent.
Drones should never: use biometric matching technology, except to identify the subject of a warrant; collect data on other people who are not the subject of the warrant; or monitor people’s lawful First Amendment activities. And to make sure drone use doesn’t “fly under the radar,” state courts should publicly report to the legislature, on an annual basis, about warrants authorizing drone use in the Commonwealth.