Neighboring county seeks drone site
March 19, 2013
Ventura County officials are angling for a contract with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to become one of six test sites nationwide for unmanned aerial vehicles — drones. (Sacramento Bee)
A legislative committee in Sacramento is hearing testimony today regarding the proposals of both federal and county representatives in a presentation called “Manufacturing for Global Aviation: California’s strategy to win a federal designation as an unmanned aerial vehicle test site.”
Drones have been used liberally in military strike applications against alleged terrorist groups and other perceived threats in Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan and elsewhere. And recently, the question of drone use for law enforcement and other civilian applications in this country against U.S. citizens was the subject of a 13-hour filibuster by Sen. Rand Paul, a Libertarian Republican from Kentucky.
Paul suggested the government could use the technology for not only surveillance, but for “taking out” individuals or groups considered to be some kind of threat.