Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn announced Thursday that the police department has ended its unmanned drone program:
Too much emotion, too little common sense, but par for the course.
In fact, law enforcement who is clearly looked at as an early adopter of these things is also likely to suffer the most public flak for it because of the violation of privacy issues.
Clearly farmers and motion picture companies or even us hobbiests are not going to have as much ire or paranoia directed at us as the assorted government agencies.
It is a sad state of affairs that the people of the United States fear there own governmental institutions as much as they do.
Note, I said sad, not necessarily unrealistic.
Don't even need to read the article, the name says it all: Seattle Might as well be Portland, San Francisco down that alley.
Such ignorance and wrongly diverted emotions. Those middle to late aged women who were protesting are the typical naysayers you always see in HOAs, Community meetings, etc. These people don't see the benefit of police having the ability to track crime and other felonies. If you really want to protest something, protest the Red light cameras.
Bunch of hypocrits! They won't allow a harmless UAV to go after criminals, but they are proud to have the most lethal machine know to man be based in their town and named after their state; new USS Washington. newest Virginia class U.S. Navy nuclear sub with nuclear warhead cruise (aka drone) missles capable of destroying millions of people in an instant...
They voted to ban all semi automatic guns with detachable magazines because people are supposed to depend on police, yet also voted to ban all police UAV's.
I knew this would be the outcome having been at the meeting. But to be quite honest, they do need to focus on the police issues first, before they can tackle using and operating a drone in this town. That is why Mayor McGinn backed off, they have a lot of work to do to rebuild that department right now. Funny thing though - we have Boeing and Insitu doing it right in the area everyday when they are testing, so does it really make any sense :)
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