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GOP Lawmakers Want Warrants for Drone Use in US

Friday, 15 Jun 2012 09:00 AM

By David Alliot

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Two legislators, one in the House and one in the Senate, are crafting legislation that would require congressional approval before government use of drones in the United States.

Rep. Austin Scott, R-Ga., is pushing legislation in the House, and Sen. Rand Paul R-Ky., is the sponsor of the Senate legislation, according to The Hill. Both would require warrants before the use of drones.

Both legislators fear the increased use of surveillance drones on U.S. citizens and want warrants to be scrutinized, as surveillance power of drones is much easier to abuse.

“If you're flying [drones] over New York City, just think of all the people secretly drinking Big Gulps that you can get,” Paul said, referring to New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's push against large-sized sodas or sugary drinks in the city.

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