(TargetLiberty.org) – A Republican lawmaker has introduced a House bill that would prevent federal agencies from using surveillance drones against US citizens. Rep. Andy Biggs (R-AZ) says despite the current crisis “…we must not compromise long recognized constitutional rights.” His new Buzz Off Act is aimed at protecting one of those rights – our right to privacy.
I introduced the Buzz Off Act to prevent federal law enforcement agencies from using drones to conduct warrantless surveillance of U.S. citizens.
Although we are living in unprecedented times, we must not compromise long recognized constitutional rights. https://t.co/ZBhtPCEWn7
— Rep Andy Biggs (@RepAndyBiggsAZ) May 19, 2020
The Buzz Off Act won’t harm agencies’ ability to fight real crimes. There are several exceptions to the ban. If someone gives written consent to surveillance, it’s allowed. Law enforcement agencies can carry out drone surveillance if they have a search warrant, and there’s also an exemption for counterterrorism operations.
Biggs’s real target is the use of drones for routine observation and crowd control. He highlighted cases in California, where camera-equipped drones have been used to enforce the lockdown and observe homeless people, and in New Jersey, where they’ve broadcast automated messages to citizens. “These nosy little drones need to buzz off!” he said.
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