FAA Releases New Drone List – Is Your Town on the Map?

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The Federal Aviation Administration has finally released a new drone authorization list. This list, released in response to EFF’s Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit, includes law enforcement agencies and universities across the country, and—for the first time—an Indian tribal agency. In all, the list includes more than 20 new entities over the FAA’s original list, bringing to 81 the total number of public entities that have applied for FAA drone authorizations through October 2012.

Some of these new drone license applicants include:

  • The State Department
  • National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
  • Barona Band of Mission Indians Risk Management Office (near San Diego, California)
  • Canyon County Sheriff’s Office (Idaho)
  • Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office (Northwest Oregon)
  • Grand Forks Sheriff’s Department (North Dakota)
  • King County Sheriff’s Office (covering Seattle, Washington)

And several new entities in Ohio, including:

  • Medina County Sheriff’s Office
  • Ohio Department of Transportation
  • Sinclair Community College
  • Lorain County Community College

The list comes amid extensive controversy over a newly-released memo documenting the CIA’s policy on the targeted killing of American citizens and on the heels of news that Charlottesville, Virginia has just become one of the first cities in the country to ban drones. This new list should contribute to the debate over whether using domestic drones for surveillance is consistent with the Constitution and with American values.

As we’ve written in the past, drone use in the United States implicates serious privacy and civil liberties concerns. Although drones can be used for neutral, or even for positive purposes, drones are also capable of highly advanced and, in some cases, almost constant surveillance, and they can amass large amounts of data. Even the smallest drones can carry a host of surveillance equipment, from video cameras and thermal imaging to GPS tracking and cellphone eavesdropping tools. They can also be equipped with advanced forms of radar detection, license plate cameras, and facial recognition. And, as recent reporting from PBS andSlate shows, surveillance tools, like the military’s development of gigapixel technology capable of “tracking people and vehicles across an entire city,” are improving rapidly.

EFF hopes this list will spur more people to ask their local law enforcement agencies about their drone programs. EFF has partnered with MuckRock to make it easier to ask for and disseminate this information. We also encourage people to ask hard questions of government officials about who is funding drone development in their communities and what policies the government will demand agencies follow if they fly drones. We need greater transparency and citizen push-back to protect Americans from privacy-invasive domestic drone use.

You can find the new list here.

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  • spencer

    and people think paranoia is a bad thing?lord help us..

    • Robert C. Laity

      It isn’t paranoia if it is true.

  • RickE.

    “Your honor, I could of sworn it was big duck. Honest, I wouldn’t have shot it down otherwise”.

    THAT is what we need to do when it is safe to do so! (safe for everyone around it).

    • Robert C. Laity

      A drone is a loaded weapon. It may kill you. Kill IT first.

  • spencer

    youll just be labled a terrorist…

    • RickE.

      @spencer, heck I’m sure I meet their standards already. After all, the parameters are so broad that almost anyone can qualify as a terrorist! Even very old senior citizens.

    • Robert C. Laity

      Obama supports terrorists and Obama IS a Traitor.

  • Michael

    Has anyone determined why the Midwest (Iowa, Missouri, Nebraska,South Dakota) remains clear according to the map. I have also witnessed other maps that miss the midwest. Could it possibly have something to do with Jesse Ventura’s story regarding the Ozarks as a safe haven for some globalists? Any thoughts on this?

  • The Arizona Patriot

    Everyone needs to read Christopher Dorner’s original facebook posting before TPTB removed and replaced it. The Daily Sheeple would do well to do a article in regards to this as well. It can be found at http://www.jimstonefreelance.com Please read the truth for yourself and you will see why they want to shut him up so bad.

  • spencer

    @RickE you an me both brother…if you know cpr now your a freakin terrorist…sigh

  • Bob Marshall

    When i think of just what books if any my friends read concerning politics,i usually hear that they just cost too much.Really! AbeBooks.com books such as THE ROOTS OF OBAMA’S RAGE, DREAMS FROM MY FATHER, The Audacity of Hope,RULES for RADICALs and THE OBAMA NATION to just name a few. Most available available for less than $10.00.” If America is to remain free,its citizens must become far more politically educated than they are at present.” G.Edward Griffin.To understand Obama’s politics,first you must understand Saul Alinsky’s politics because Alinsky’s book (RULES for RADICALS) is Obama’s play book.

  • This information is old stuff. Some permits expire in October 2012, and others in December of 2012.

    Not sure why its being posted with expired dates.

    If this article is to be accurate, it needs to be current, not old stuff.

  • freebird

    If you look at the map up close these are near airports.There been here, look at the chem trails…

    • Robert C. Laity

      Something is afoot at the Denver Airport.

  • SKIP

    I bought books in Malaysia that would have gotten flaged had I bought them in Barnes&Noble such as how to make booby traps, land mines, extreme first aid …all old military manuals.

  • Juanster

    Let’s be nice to em! Hang a fuel feeder next to the hummingbird feeder.

  • Crackerbaby

    The reason there aren’t any drone scheduled flights over Missouri is because they know that we will shoot the bastards down!

    • Anonymous

      Missouri is about to limited your ability to shoot anything.

  • DesertCommando

    So these governmental agencies want drones to fly overhead and swear they won’t be used against us? I’ve got a bridge to sell you…
    Cops have a track record for lying, manipulation, intimidation and plain tyranny under the color of law. This is why they shouldn’t be trusted, ever.
    I think we need laws that make these Nazis personally liable and not allow them to hide behind whatever immunity they claim to have. Why further reinforce the two class Police state any further?
    Secondly, we citizens should also have they right to fly a drone such as my modded Parrot AR Drone into any cop or politicians yard and peer through their windows. If they can do it to us we should do it to them. A little taste of the Surveillance Society is asked for here.

  • me

    As the saying goes, a paranoid person only needs to be right once….. What keeps going through my mind is simply, that I don’t really give it a second thought seeing as how I am not induldging in any illigal behavior….As for Virginia opposing drones….who cares, honestly what difference does any of this make, if we are going to be spied on its probably already in place and if not it can easily be accomplished due to a particular patriot act that if I am not mistake was full indorsed by Virginia….. Just saying….

  • Woverine

    The low flying planes you see all the time is to get you use to it so you want be alarmed when it does go downd. This has been going on since early 60s late 50s. The United Nations is the Bigest problem. Think about this, what is the differencs between you and the Jews of the Holocoust. Give up.. Your number is on paper called Social Security & theirs were burned into their skin. Wake up America. Even the old movie Red Dawn, makes alot of sence. Your goverment won’t listen to the people. Teir trying to take our guns, keep us from getting ammo. Put the pices together… If you are paying attion you will see the Demcrats in washington is doing it to all the people no matter who they are…The United States is falling apart because they are doing it to us….