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Rand Paul to Newsmax: Domestic Drone Use Must Respect Privacy

By Jim Meyers and Kathleen Walter   |   Wednesday, 25 Jul 2012 05:31 PM

Sen. Rand Paul recently introduced a bill to protect Americans from unwanted drone surveillance, and in an exclusive interview with Newsmax.TV, the Kentucky Republican discussed his concerns.

“First of all, there’s a lot of people in government now who want to know what you’re doing every minute of your life. There are people like the mayor in New York who wants to know how big the drink is that you’re drinking in your backyard or whether you’re smoking in your backyard. We’ve gotten to the point where we have a nanny state that wants to know what we’re doing all the time and I’m not too interested in that.

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“The EPA is now flying drones across farmlands [to help enforce the Clean Water Act]. We have 106 different federal, state and local entities that now have drones. I really don’t want every moment of our life to be monitored.

“I’m not completely saying there can be no use of drones the same way there can be use of police cars and helicopters, but you should get a warrant. If you think someone’s committed a crime, you call a judge on the phone and the judge either approves or disapproves a warrant and then you can use surveillance.

“We have drones now that weigh less than an ounce and can perch on your windowsill and look into your home to see what books you read or what magazines you read. That’s not the America I would want to live in. I want to live in an America where your privacy is protected, and I’m going to work very hard to make sure that government cannot look in your windows or crisscross your land or cross your farmland or your hunting land without a judge’s warrant.”

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