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Take the Good with the Bad

An experimental drone system designed for archaeology could be deployed to your neighborhood for other purposes within a year. And it is pre-programmable and thus semi-autonomous; Light enough to be held in one hand and capable of recording and collating high resolution images of a surface area equivalent to 25 football fields in a matter of minutes, despite unpredictable winds, variations in topography, or soil cover. Using a computer, the images are subjected to an interpolation routine that yields a high accuracy and high resolution topographical virtual map. The little drone itself is also cheap enough that a catastrophic loss of the air frame can be corrected with a few dollars worth of molded foam parts, the cameras, recording medium, and motors salvaged and reused, all without the need for advanced technical skills.

For an archaeologist, this thing is ideal. That’s the “Good” part. For a freedoms or privacy advocate, this is a nightmare. That’s the “Bad” part. Obviously, sometimes we must “Take the Good with the Bad” — Rick Osmon

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Rise of Drones Poses Dangers for US Homeland (w/Video)

Photo: Predator Drone and Pilot at Airshow in Arizona on Luke Airforce Base. CREDIT  Brian Wendt SOURCE Publicdomainpiictures.net 

from yahoo News

Who watches the watchers circling overhead in U.S. skies? Acongressional hearing on the possible risks of domestic drones lamented the absence of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and its failure to step up to take responsibility.

Homeland Security officials told Congress that their duties don’t cover the domestic use of drones in the U.S., according to U.S. Rep.Michael McCaul, a Republican from Texas and chairman of the subcommittee hearing of the U.S. House Committee on Homeland Security. But McCaul worried that the agency was “reverting back to a pre-9/11 mindset” with a “lack of imagination in identifying threats.”

“It should not take a 9/11 style attack by a terrorist organization such as Hezbollah or a lone wolf- inspired event to cause DHS (Department of Homeland Security) to develop guidance addressing the security implications of domestic drones,” McCaul said in his opening remarks on July 19.

Today’s usage of drones in the U.S. remains limited to the law enforcement, border patrol, firefighting and weather or scientific research. But the Federal Aviation Administration plans to allow non-government drones to fly nationwide by 2015, starting with the selection of six test sites this year. . . . Read complete Report

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VIDEO REPORT: Congress: Domestic drones pose potential threats

Thu, Jul 19, 2012 – AP 3:00

The House Homeland Security Subcommittee held a hearing Thursday about the domestic use of drones. Rep. Michael McCaul expressed concern that drones not only could be hijacked and flown against a target, but also pose other safety issues. (July 19)