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Tue Feb 5, 2013, 08:55 AM

First U.S. City Passes Anti-Drone Resolution


February 5th, 2013 12:44 AM
First U.S. City Passes Anti-Drone Resolution

By David Swanson


Shortly after 11 p.m. on Monday, February 4th, the City Council of Charlottesville, Va., passed what is believed to be the first anti-drone resolution in the country. According to my notes, and verifiable soon on the City Council's website, the resolution reads:

WHEREAS, the rapid implementation of drone technology throughout the United States poses a serious threat to the privacy and constitutional rights of the American people, including the residents of Charlottesville; and

WHEREAS, the federal government and the Commonwealth of Virginia have thus far failed to provide reasonable legal restrictions on the use of drones within the United States; and

WHEREAS, police departments throughout the country have begun implementing drone technology absent any guidance or guidelines from law makers;

NOW, THEREFORE, LET IT BE RESOLVED, that the City Council of Charlottesville, Virginia, endorses the proposal for a two year moratorium on drones in the state of Virginia; and calls on the United States Congress and the General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Virginia to adopt legislation prohibiting information obtained from the domestic use of drones from being introduced into a Federal or State court, and precluding the domestic use of drones equipped with anti-personnel devices, meaning any projectile, chemical, electrical, directed-energy (visible or invisible), or other device designed to harm, incapacitate, or otherwise negatively impact a human being; and pledges to abstain from similar uses with city-owned, leased, or borrowed drones.


The same City Council passed a resolution on January 17, 2012, calling for an end to drone wars, as well as ground wars, excessive military spending, and any possible attack on Iran. ....................(more)

The complete piece is at: http://www.michaelmoore.com/words/mike-friends-blog/first-us-city-passes-anti-drone-resolution



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marmar Feb 2013 OP
quinnox Feb 2013 #1
Cynicus Emeritus Feb 2013 #2
sadalien Feb 2013 #5
Cynicus Emeritus Feb 2013 #12
marmar Feb 2013 #6
Solly Mack Feb 2013 #16
cstanleytech Feb 2013 #3
bobclark86 Feb 2013 #15
DeadEyeDyck Feb 2013 #17
cstanleytech Feb 2013 #21
Burma Jones Feb 2013 #4
EastKYLiberal Feb 2013 #7
marmar Feb 2013 #8
Earth_First Feb 2013 #9
DhhD Feb 2013 #10
DhhD Feb 2013 #11
Catherina Feb 2013 #13
woo me with science Feb 2013 #24
proverbialwisdom Feb 2013 #14
Cynicus Emeritus Feb 2013 #18
randome Feb 2013 #19
sadalien Feb 2013 #20
SQUEE Feb 2013 #22
woo me with science Feb 2013 #26
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Wilms Feb 2013 #23
marions ghost Feb 2013 #25
woo me with science Feb 2013 #27
mwrguy Feb 2013 #28
woo me with science Feb 2013 #29

Response to marmar (Original post)

Tue Feb 5, 2013, 09:03 AM

1. send in the troops, these unpatriotic fools need a reminder of who is in charge!

 

How dare they? Drones are a useful tool to spy on Americans, I mean terrorists, and all good and loyal citizens would never object to their use.

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Response to Cynicus Emeritus (Reply #2)

Tue Feb 5, 2013, 09:44 AM

5. What is with Southern Poverty Law Center?

 

I used to think they were a good organization but then I started hearing grumblings from some on the left about it.

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Response to sadalien (Reply #5)

Tue Feb 5, 2013, 10:22 AM

12. Power corrupts.

 

SPLC has done good things. That said they are typically at point pushing a philosophy and pulling strings that all Americans are potentially guilty, need watched and encourage expansion of surveillance. I call the latter views very un-American whether they be proposed by SPLC or Joe McCarthy.

Progressive, populist, libertarian for individual civil rights

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Response to Cynicus Emeritus (Reply #2)

Tue Feb 5, 2013, 09:49 AM

6. Why attack the SPLC?





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Response to marmar (Reply #6)

Tue Feb 5, 2013, 11:49 AM

16. My question exactly.

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Response to marmar (Original post)

Tue Feb 5, 2013, 09:35 AM

3. Does this even matter since the federal government has sole control over air space in the US?

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Response to cstanleytech (Reply #3)

Tue Feb 5, 2013, 10:49 AM

15. Since they're just asking for higher levels of government to think about it...

and not actually banning anything, then it might. You know, get some media attention and some pressure on Congress to do SOMETHING about this.

But on it's own, it's just posturing. We need deeds to back up words.

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Response to cstanleytech (Reply #3)

Tue Feb 5, 2013, 11:53 AM

17. What does that mean?

I am a pilot. As far as airspace, most people live in Class G or uncontrolled airspace. That goes up to 14500 agl.
What airspace are you referring to?

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Response to DeadEyeDyck (Reply #17)

Tue Feb 5, 2013, 06:46 PM

21. Oh? I didnt realize that the info at

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http://transportationlaw.uslegal.com/federal-transportation-agencies/federal-aviation-administration-faa/

was out of date, when did they change it?

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Response to marmar (Original post)

Tue Feb 5, 2013, 09:37 AM

4. They beat Takoma Park, MD to it.....

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Response to marmar (Original post)

Tue Feb 5, 2013, 10:04 AM

7. Will tinfoil hats be subsidized? nt

 

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Response to EastKYLiberal (Reply #7)

Tue Feb 5, 2013, 10:08 AM

8. No, just Authoritarians & Their Admirers gatherings.....

...... What is up with DU today?


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Response to marmar (Original post)

Tue Feb 5, 2013, 10:13 AM

9. Clearly a snub at Administration drone policy...

Or some here at DU would have you believe anyways.

Bravo, Charlottesville!

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Response to marmar (Original post)

Tue Feb 5, 2013, 10:15 AM

10. First State to regulate its own Militia and any other state's militia in its ground or air space.

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Response to DhhD (Reply #10)

Tue Feb 5, 2013, 10:19 AM

11. IMO, unless the Federal Government is at war with Virginia, then the 2nd Amendment over

powers the Patriot Act with regards to drones.

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Response to marmar (Original post)

Tue Feb 5, 2013, 10:23 AM

13. Good! And may the rest follow. n/t

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Response to Catherina (Reply #13)

Tue Feb 5, 2013, 09:09 PM

24. Hear hear for a growing pushback against the unconscionable. nt

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Response to marmar (Original post)

Tue Feb 5, 2013, 10:45 AM

14. Analogous to responses to TPA described here.

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Response to proverbialwisdom (Reply #14)

Tue Feb 5, 2013, 01:20 PM

18. Thanks for the post

 

Political power needs to move in both directions...bottom up and top down. That's what gives us balance. As long as cities and individuals fear not expressing their beliefs we still have a democracy. These kinds of resolutions get more attention from our elected representatives than a constituent phone call or email. I'm a big fan of grass roots politics.

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Response to marmar (Original post)

Tue Feb 5, 2013, 01:27 PM

19. A city council passes a resolution affecting the entire state of Virginia? I don't think so.

This is just attention-getting nonsense.

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Response to randome (Reply #19)

Tue Feb 5, 2013, 05:21 PM

20. A municipality takes a stance

 

against unethical weapons systems and you dismiss it as nonsense.

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Response to randome (Reply #19)

Tue Feb 5, 2013, 07:03 PM

22. they are endorsing a proposal.. so no they are not trying to effect the entire commonwealth

As an earlier poster said, governance comes from bottom up as well as top down. Good on the council.
And as for "attention getting nonsense", the more attention this gets the better.

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Response to randome (Reply #19)

Tue Feb 5, 2013, 09:28 PM

26. "Attention getting"? Definitely!

...as protest of political acts that are unconscionable *should* be.


Nonsense? Hardly!
Good for Charlottesville, and may many, many more follow suit!

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Response to marmar (Original post)

Tue Feb 5, 2013, 08:57 PM

23. ^

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Response to marmar (Original post)

Tue Feb 5, 2013, 09:15 PM

25. Thank you

people of Charlottesville.

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Response to marmar (Original post)

Tue Feb 5, 2013, 09:30 PM

27. I love the way Michael phrased that.

It is only the first, with many more to come!

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Response to marmar (Original post)

Tue Feb 5, 2013, 09:41 PM

28. Anti-government kookism

Alex Jones is probably ecstatic.

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Response to marmar (Original post)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 02:11 PM

29. kick

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