Monday, July 22, 2013

As It Stands blog: Droning on Monday: bounty on drones considered in Colorado

  Good Day World!

Drone on…

We’ve all heard stories of drones hunting down the bad guys overseas in the war against terrorism and anyone who defies us. Unmanned drones are becoming increasingly popular and they come in all shapes and sizes.

As you read this there are hobbyists flying drones throughout the USA. There are small unmanned surveillance drones that are used by some police departments to track speeders and bad guys.

Americans have indicated in recent polls that they don’t mind the use of drones on our enemies. But the line gets drawn when it comes to using drones to spy on us…for whatever reasons.

Most Americans are still stunned after hearing about PRISM, the spying apparatus used on all Americans and not just terrorist suspects. Right about now some folks are showing what they think about little unmanned drones that don’t identify themselves.

Take this story: 

“The farming and ranching town of Deer Trail, Colorado, which boasts that it held the world's first rodeo in 1869, is now considering starting a 21st century tradition - paying bounties to anyone who shoots down an unmanned drone.

Next month, trustees of the town of 600 that lies on the high plains 55 miles east of Denver will debate an ordinance that would allow residents to purchase a $25 hunting license to shoot down "unmanned aerial vehicles."

Similar to the bounties governments once paid to hunters who killed animals that preyed on livestock, but only after they produced the ears, the town would pay $100 to anyone who can produce the fuselage and tail of a downed drone.

"Either the nose or tail may be damaged, but not both," the proposal notes.” (Read the full story here)

Time for me to walk on down the road…

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