Arizona Bill Would Ban Police Use of Drones Without a Warrant

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A handful of Republican state legislators are proposing a bill that would make it illegal for cops to use drones to gather information without a search warrant.

House Bill 2574, proposed by some of the black-helicopter-phobes at the Leg' -- including Representative Carl Seel and Senator Judy Burges -- actually says cops could only use a drone, in any capacity, if they have a search warrant.

Real quick, consider the fact that cops don't need a search warrant to fire up the chopper and fly around.

Still, this appears to be a popular type of legislation around the country -- the Associated Press says "at least 11 states" are considering legislation like this, and they didn't include Arizona in that count.

HB 2574 also states that private citizens are allowed to own their own drones.

However, according to the bill, "It is unlawful for a person to use drones to monitor other persons inside their homes or places of worship or within the closed confines of their property or other locations where a person would have an expectation of privacy."

According to the bill, anyone who violates its provisions is guilty of a class six felony.

While we're on the subject of the Legislature's Black Helicopter Committee, the same nine legislators sponsoring the bill on drones are also sponsoring a bill that says no one in Arizona can comply with a pair of sections in the National Defense Authorization Act of 2012.

Those sections have to do with indefinitely detaining terrorism suspects, which some people swear up and down could be applied to everyday citizens. That includes the Black Helicopter Committee, which alleges that these two sections of the NDAA violate the Constitution ten-fold. That bill, HB 2573, borrowed from the Tenth Amendment Center.

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derekaz
derekaz

Articles like this only strengthen my conviction that the establishment Left in general no longer considers the Bill of Rights rights to be important.

sarum
sarum

Not enuf $ to create jobs . . . . not enuf $ to pay COLA on SS, unemployment or foodstamp programs . . . not enuf $ for real medicine to cure and heal . . . . but enuf $ to surveil constantly everybody that is dying and starving and scrambling for their family?  Not hysteria - this is very bad picture.  Put the drones away, make jobs, pay fair wages,  feed, house, clothe, medicate and there will be no problems . . . how they say "takes one to know one?"   Most people just want a decent life with their family.  


1 drone has technology to surveil EVERY living thing in a medium city constantly.


Many states are doing just as AZ is doing - creating state laws against unlimited freedoms for drone technology.  Be fair in reporting and admit this truth.

AZTAC
AZTAC

This article and the comments are going to be fun to rebuttal!

TAC

AZTAC
AZTAC

This article and the comments are going to be fun to rebuttal!

TAC

shadeaux14
shadeaux14 topcommenter

This makes it apparent that, in the race to the bottom of the legislative gene pool,  the contenders are Steve Smith, Carl Seel, and Judy Burges.

sliperymike
sliperymike

paul baboons Pee Pee has already been seen online....".now you show me yours,before I show up with my penal county drone and take a pic myself"

eeecuzin
eeecuzin

The more important thing here is the NDAA Passed by obumbles in the middle of the night to imprison any one with no just casuse or trial on the suspicion of being a terrorist. Now add on the paper they say now authorizes the use of drones to kill anybody anywhere merely on suspicion. Put 2 and 2 together if you can add now do you get the picture. If you dont think it will happen, well it already did. They dont go thru this effort to justify in their eyes Treasonous in mine for no reason. I doubt lefties will believe it when the bombs explode down the street, it will be blamed on bush

squash
squash

I stand with the ACLU on this one. There needs to be safeguards put in place to prevent drones from being misused. The last thing we want is domestic drone use without accountability or oversight. 

WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

Seel and Burges seem to have never heard of google earth or google maps.  Don't they recall the first media picture of the guy that shot the ceo and the lawyer was from google maps, and showed him cutting his grass?

Google earth does show people around their house, out by the pool, etc.


Will the GOP Clown show next try to ban Google?

WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

Seel and Burges want DHS/ICE/BP to stop using drones along the border.  If not, why submit this bill?  Seems if it passed, DHS/ICE/BP would need to get warrants to fly drones!

The Loons of the AZ GOP are making duck sounds again!

DNichols
DNichols

These Drones have been harrassing me constantly for over nine years, they are cowardly , and disguised to hide in plain sight, there are hundreds of them flying above Phoenix, they fly out of Gateway Airport, and Falcon Field to name a couple of locations.

These Disgusting Drones are equipped with High Tech Thermal Veiwing, and Laser listening, and are Peping on "We the People" inside the so called "Privacy of our American Homes!

They see through our homes as if they were built out of glass.

The Cowards, and Peverts in these un-constitutional Programs would have been lined up in front of a firing Sqaud by our Founding Fathers, and they are Trashing "Freedom, and the U.S. Constitution that our "Real Troops" fought, and Died to Protect!

To see a couple of these Drones over Gilbert, see my You Tube Post: "Un-reported Near Miss over Arizona".

This is a Phony Southwest Airliner, and a phony Piper.

These are Peping Tom Cowards in my "Homeland".

Hey Cowards, I have a Front Door, not just Bed/Bathroom windows!

These Vindictive Cowards hover behind my Home nearly every morning, and night, they swoop thier noisy little Toys of Perversion low above my Home constantly!

Grow some Courage you "Tyrants"?!!

Until then "Keep wasting Billions of hard earned Tax Dollars, and yes I will leave the Bathroom light on for you worthless peeping Government  trash."

To: Liberty.

JohnQ.Public
JohnQ.Public

The ACLU has these comments on the use of dones by domestic law enforcement agencies: "Congress has ordered the Federal Aviation Administration to change airspace rules to make it much easier for police nationwide to use domestic drones, but the law does not include badly needed privacy protections. The ACLU recommends the following safeguards: USAGE LIMITS: Drones should be deployed by law enforcement only with a warrant, in an emergency, or when there are specific and articulable grounds to believe that the drone will collect evidence relating to a specific criminal act.
DATA RETENTION: Images should be retained only when there is reasonable suspicion that they contain evidence of a crime or are relevant to an ongoing investigation or trial. POLICY: Usage policy on domestic drones should be decided by the public’s representatives, not by police departments, and the policies should be clear, written, and open to the public. ABUSE PREVENTION & ACCOUNTABILITY: Use of domestic drones should be subject to open audits and proper oversight to prevent misuse. WEAPONS: Domestic drones should not be equipped with lethal or non-lethal weapons."

Tommy_Collins
Tommy_Collins

The whole drone issue is a bunch of mush and hysteria caused by those who have nothing better to worry about. We have both civilian and law enforcement aircraft conducting air surveillance every day in every state of our fine nation. Most of the surveillance is simply under the law as determined by 'plain sight' guidelines and warrants are not needed to take photos. So, an agency gets a search warrant allowing them to do air surveillance on a ten mile square area from 2,000 to 10,000 feet for the next thirty days, from any aircraft, including a drone. They fly the the drone at 2,000 feet and the camera is in the aircraft at 10,000 feet. The bad guys are so worried about the drone they continue their criminal activities when it's not being flown over, while the cameras roll from the fixed wing or helicopter at 10,000 feet.

Mush.

But I suppose some folks are afraid they are afraid they might get caught naked in the hot tub with the wrong person, eh?

sarum
sarum

@sarum apologies - I somehow missed the phraseology right in the middle of the article . . .I don't like drones but I equally dislike redstaterepublicans and their slave wages and constant conspiracy against human beings for profit so instantly I am suspicious of their motive - scared of the technology that could capture some 47% style talk?  Don't want true accountability for cross border transactions of the illicit kind?  Anything for a dollar with these - ANYTHING.  

JohnQ.Public
JohnQ.Public

@eeecuzin "Obumbles" - that's awesome.  So witty and clever.  Did you think that up all by yourself or did you need a sixth grader to help you? 

WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

@squash Like the satellites and cars with cameras that Google uses?  Or the MANY store cameras that catch you every day?

The barn door was been left open many years ago.

JohnQ.Public
JohnQ.Public

@WhoKnows Great point.  Since that is private land for the most part right up against the border, this bill may have the effect of requiring AZ DPS to obtain warrants but probably does not have the authority to effect federal investigations which are regulated by federal law, not state law.

JohnQ.Public
JohnQ.Public

@DNichols Why do you think that the feds are spying on you specifically?  Of all the people out there, why you?  Why not someone else?  Why spend all that cost and all of those resources to spy on you and harrass you every morning and every night and not someone else?  What have you done to warrant such attention?  Why are you so special that they are spying on you?  Makes no difference to me, but it does make me curious.

JohnQ.Public
JohnQ.Public

The ACLU is not usually considered to be a partner in the tri-lateral commission, UN black helicopter, airplane contrails are really chemical spraying by the government, the Oklahoma City bombing was an inside job, Sandy Hook didn't really happen conspiracy theories.

squash
squash

@WhoKnows So since there already are privacy abuses in place we should just pile more privacy abuses on top of that?

DNichols
DNichols

@JQP.

Because I have sent letters to two Presidents thus far asking if they prefer me in my Bedroom, or my Barthroom.

Because I have been sending letters to all kinds of News organizations as well as the Civil Liberties Union for years.

And because I am an American Citizen that dosen't like being "Tread on" by Gutless Peeping Tom Spying Cowards.

"We the People " have a Constitution, and rights!

Otherwise if these Peeping Tom Perverts are allowed to do any dirty deed they chose, like they have been "Covertly" for many years how are we a Democracy, or any different than Russia, or China?

I would like a little "Honesty" regarding the Chemicals which have been sprayed Covertly in the Air we must breathe as well?!

These Drone, and Helicopter Spying Assholes have swooped my home in the middle of the night, and have followed me every where I have gone for nearly ten years.

China's Communist Government is Honest with thier people regarding the Chemicals they shoot into the atmosphere with cannons. Most Chinese people wear dust masks when going outdoors.

China has a much lower rate of Cancer than the U.S?!

I have countless hours of video of thier disguised Drones, Phony Airliners Fed Ex, , and varioius smaller aircrafts like mooney's, pipers, v-wings, bi-planes, ect. ect.

They have wasted Billions of our Hard Earned Tax Dollars to Trash, Fleece, and Rape our Nation.

To: Liberty.

teknik
teknik topcommenter

@JohnQ.Public The ACLU tends to do a good job of looking over the government and making sure they don't tread on our rights.

most people can find a few things they disagree with the aclu, but by and large most folks will agree with the sides they have taken sticking up for our rights.

teknik
teknik topcommenter

@WhoKnows I don't have a facebook and the less flying eyes in the sky the better.


sounds like you are a little to comfortable being watched.

I suppose you just roll over and let the police search your car because they feel like it because you have "nothing to hide"?


WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

@squash squash.  You do know that there are millions of people that post more about themselves on facebook than a drone would ever see, right?  How much about you is already on the inet?

squash
squash

@WhoKnows Yes I do. I've seen two of them flying when coming back from Rocky Point. It's just another step towards an American surveillance society.

squash
squash

@WhoKnows Just thought I'd add that I think the AZ conservatives who proposed this bill are hypocrites. They're the ones who're all against "big government". That's beyond the point though. Drone use without regulation put in place is dangerous..

WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

@squash seems drones wouldn't add one bit of a problem, based on what's already in place today.  You know that drones have been flying in az since 2007, right?

JohnQ.Public
JohnQ.Public

@DNichols So you sent some letters to the President and the news and that is why the have been following you with drones for 10 years.   Are you sure that it isn't the tri-lateral commission that is following you around?  Have you seen any black helicopters - that would be a strong indicator that it is the UN/tri-lateral commission and not the US Goverement.

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