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Response to Warren DeMontague (Reply #31)

Wed Jul 24, 2013, 04:09 AM

32. Good points, but surely difficult in law

But let me offer other scenarios.

What if the cop can see the plant growing over the fence?

Or the plant is visible from an adjacent overpass?

Or what if the cop flies the rc helicopter along the alley but at a height that the plant is visible?

Helicopter flights by drug enforcement agencies looking for the IR signature of pot do not check just one back yard, (hence the popularity of hydroponics in the UK).

Given that such flights are not uncommon how can you limit the ability to look round and down?

How can you limit what parts of the electromagnetic spectrum that they use?

How is using a UAV flying a pre-programmed route different from a manned overflight?

What about satellite imagery?

Let me change the crop. UAVs and helicopters are used when studying the environment;

What about a researcher looking at IR signatures sees the signature of an opium crop on "private land" are they free to report it?

Could the EPA when checking for illegal logging (please don't laugh, they might do that one day) see such a a plantation on a private lot report that?

What of an environmental activist group?

What of a contractor working on behalf of the EPA?

Does any of this change if the private land is attached to a house and screened at ground level?

Note I am not saying that privacy is not important or that legislation protecting it is impossible but that it is a far more complex area than imagined.

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