Ted Poe

Congress seeks to regulate drone use, looks for bipartisan ground

by Ben Wolfgang-The Washington Times  |  published on May 18, 2013

States already have begun to tackle the sticky issue of drones and their effect on personal privacy.

Eventually, courts will step in and have their say on the matter, determining how the unmanned aircraft fit into existing expectation of privacy standards and limits on government surveillance.

But members of Congress from both parties believe it’s important, perhaps vital, for federal lawmakers to also get ahead of the issue before drones become commonplace in American skies.

“Congress, in the area of drones, needs to set the standards rather than let the courts, down the road, set the standards,” said Rep. Ted Poe, Texas Republican and author of one of several pieces of drone privacy legislation, none of which have been passed. He made the comments at a Friday morning House Judiciary subcommittee crime, terrorism, homeland security investigations hearing on the subject.

Rep. John Conyers, Michigan Democrat, said that drones are such a game-changer on the technological front that the Fourth Amendment — which protects Americans against unreasonable searches and seizures — isn’t enough.

“This is a prime example of technology overtaking established law, and I think we’re going to have to go beyond the Fourth Amendment,” he said. “There are going to have to be a body of statutes that go into some of this in detail.”

No comments yet - you can be the first!

Comments are closed.

Do you Love your country but hate your government?

Join your fellow Libertarians who seek a world of liberty; a world in which all individuals are sovereign over their own lives and no one is forced to sacrifice his or her values for the benefit of others. Join over 500,000 Americans who get their daily dose of minimal government and maximum freedom with The New Liberty Movement.

We know how important your privacy is and your information is SAFE with us. We’ll never sell
your email address and you can unsubscribe at any time directly from your inbox.
View our full privacy policy.