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Published On: Wed, Jun 13th, 2012

Senator Paul supports anti-drone bill

A day after a U.S. Navy drone crashed in Salisbury, Maryland, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul came in support of a bill banning the use of domestic drones.

The three-page long bill basically protects the fourth amendment of the Constitution against the government spying on you without a warrant using drones.

During an interview with CNN’s Carol Costello yesterday, Paul responded to Costello’s question about police already using drones in 20 states:

Costello: Well, we’ve already got drone launch sites in more than 20 states. Police are pretty excited about this new crime fighting tool. So would your bill make these launch sites go away?

Paul: What it would do is there’s a balancing act. I mean police do have power and I want police to catch rapists and murderers. But they ask a judge and we separate the police from the people who finally make the decision on someone coming in your house. So even if a rapist is loose in D.C. tonight, the police will call a judge in the middle of the night, wake him or her up and say, we think there’s a rapist in the neighborhood. Can we go in x address? And so those are things that are very, very important to protecting innocent individuals. And a drone is a very, very powerful way of snooping on behavior. And I don’t want them monitoring every bit of my behavior. And I’m not joking about the recyclables. I mean, we’ve had different states and cities trying to punish people criminally for not separating out the recyclables. We don’t want a nanny state that watches every minute of our day. It’s not that there will be no drones it’s just that drones will only be used when a judge says that it’s proper.

Although Paul has concerns about the way drones are used in military operations overseas, he says this bill specifically deals with domestic drone use.

Public domain photo/US Air Force

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