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Currently their use is limited because of FAA regulations, but two liberal Senators are pushing to change the rules. Sens. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., and Ron Wyden, D-Ore, introduced an amendment to the FAA Air Transportation Modernization and Safety Act this past year, "to increase the number of 'National Airspace System' test sites for 'unmanned aerial vehicles' (UAV) from four to 10, and require that at least one of those test sites include a significant portion of public land."

Schumer said at the time, "drones are more important than ever to our troops overseas, our cops walking the beat and our border patrol agents keeping drugs off our streets, not to mention accurate mapping and more."

So add drones to the list of tools that can be used domestically to spy on you. The list is getting long. If you are carrying a cellphone, authorities can monitor your conversations, read your texts and emails. If you use a computer, authorities can monitor the websites you visit and the terms you search online.

With this type of technology the surveillance state envisaged by George Orwell in 1984 is here.

The question we must ask as citizens is do we trust the Federal Government with this nearly omniscient type of information and power. The history of Federal officials abusing information in earlier less technologically proficient eras is legendary. More information only increases the likelihood of more significant abuse in the future.

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Floyd and Mary Beth Brown

Floyd and Mary Beth Brown are both bestselling authors and speakers. In 1988, working from their kitchen table, they formed Citizens United.
 
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