Missouri lawmaker proposes drone surveillance measure

Missouri lawmaker proposes drone surveillance measure

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CREECH AIR FORCE BASE, NV - AUGUST 08: An MQ-9 Reaper takes off August 8, 2007 at Creech Air Force Base in Indian Springs, Nevada. The Reaper is the Air Force's first "hunter-killer" unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), designed to engage time-sensitive targets on the battlefield as well as provide intelligence and surveillance. The jet-fighter sized Reapers are 36 feet long with 66-foot wingspans and can fly up to 14 hours fully loaded with laser-guided bombs and air-to-ground missiles. They can fly twice as fast and high as the smaller MQ-1 Predators, reaching speeds of 300 mph at an altitude of up to 50,000 feet. The aircraft are flown by a pilot and a sensor operator from ground control stations. The Reapers are expected to be used in combat operations by the U.S. military in Afghanistan and Iraq within the next year. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

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Posted on December 31, 2012 at 10:27 AM

Updated Monday, Dec 31 at 10:28 AM

 KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- A northwestern Missouri lawmaker is seeking to limit the use of drones and other unmanned aerial vehicles.

   The legislation would require law enforcement officers get a warrant before using a drone in Missouri. It also would prohibit the use of drones by people, organizations or government agencies for the surveillance of farms. Republican Rep. Casey Guernsey of Bethany is proposing the measure.

   Guernsey says he does not want state government to monitor residents more than it currently does.

   The Kansas City Star reports (http://bit.ly/Vs3czG ) that the American Civil Liberties Union is supporting Guernsey's bill.
 

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