Earlier this year, a farmer in North Dakota became one of the first U.S. citizens arrested based on what a law enforcement drone observed as it traversed his private property after a dispute with a neighbor over cattle. A judge is due to make a decision soon, but the case has ignited a debate over the 4th amendment; “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects against unreasonable searches and seizures shall not be violated…” As recently as last week, Congressman Ted Poe introduced legislation to put some limits on the use of domestic drones before U.S. airspace is opened up to more than 30,000 drones in the next eight years.
Privacy rights activists are very concerned about the use of domestic drones, raising questions about where use of the technology will be limited. Others have said, if you’re not guilty, you should have nothing to fear.
On ‘Real News’ Wednesday the panel examined the case in North Dakota, the proposed legislation by Rep. Poe, and the argument on whether certain uses for these drones come in conflict with the 4th amendment.