Don’t want your daily telephone conversations to be “heard”? Get VOIP encryption or don’t talk on the phone. Don’t want your purchases followed? Use cash. Don’t want your internet information sniffed? Use TOR, encrypt your emails, use dead drops to communicate, or don’t communicate over the internet. Don’t want your movements followed? Don’t move.
Unfortunately drones will do more than just track your movement; eventually most will be able to listen – so don’t talk. The average drone will hear a mouse fart from 30,000 feet away – or six feet away.
The use of drones is so alarming, exponential, and revolutionary that it begs the question: Where is the counter-drone revolution? We, rather tongue-in-cheek, joke about soon using drones for target practice. But there has to be a way to do what we can to shore up our privacy and 4th Amendment rights against the wrongful current and future use of drones.
The 4th Amendment is serious not because we want it to protect criminals but because it was placed into the Bill of Rights for a reason – to protect the Citizenry. While I believe most law enforcement officers are cognizant and wary of violations, the fact of the matter is that one violation of the 4th Amendment is one too many.
For one, we can demand that our local governments outlaw the use of drones for law enforcement purposes. There are some who argue that every tool is needed for law enforcement and to be in favor of limiting those potential tools either casts suspicion of criminal activity or a sizable Minority Report paranoia. But we’re neither criminal nor paranoid. We’re proactive so get involved in your local government. And forget national-level legislation. Republicans and Democrats who voted for NDAA would not block legislation including the use of drones for domestic spying. And for that matter, forget the SCOTUS as well.
For two, we must identify and opt for civil disobedience or other non-violent action if we’re to spark a domestic counter-drone revolution. (Personally, I don’t care where Preds are flying across the globe as long as they aren’t collecting on American citizens at home. I’ll be the first to admit that I enjoyed watching strikes on Hajj in the box. But beyond the use of drones domestically, they don’t represent the future; they’re the here and now of worldwide standoff surveillance and they’re here to stay.)
I’d like to open up the floor for thoughts on how to prime the counter-drone revolution. Among my initial thoughts are extremely aggressive judicial action and exploiting any small overstep using domestic drones to really put the fear of God (or the DoJ) into those who are willing to violate the Bill of Rights; jammers (thought I suspect this may be illegal); or camouflage.
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