The Federal Aviation Administration's approval of a license for the Seattle Police Department to operate unmanned aerial drones should spark debate about privacy, public policy and the use of technology in law enforcement, according to the ACLU.
An angry and disobedient demonstrator this afternoon chanted "Question authority"
Mayor Mike McGinn and Seattle police declined to talk about how the department intends to use drones, ignoring their recent hollow promises of more transparency to the public. An angry officer did comment through gritted teeth that "... a little of our planned ass-kicking law enforcement will soon fix their sorry, sagging, anarchist asses. Just you wait, news whores, we'll fix your saggy asses too..."
A drone aircraft can carry up to 14 Hellfire missiles and can carry laser guided bombs, such as the GBU-12. The availability of high performance sensors and large capacity of precision guided weapons may enable the new UAV drones to operate as an efficient "Hunter-Killer" platform, seeking and engaging targets at high probability of success. It may be equipped with an L-3 Communications Tactical Common Datalink (TCDL).
The Seattle Police Department is taking a big and potentially controversial step forward with this new piece of law enforcement technology. The SPD is prepping its officers to fly a $300,000 unmanned Shadow Hawk helicopter (paid for with a Homeland Security grant) that will carry a weapons payload.
If Seattle can make a success of its drone deployment this could mark the beginning of a larger trend in
aggressive law enforcement and a larger, more hands-on role for robotics.
An innocent and pure unarmed demonstrator, exercising his holy anarchy rights near South Lake Union, wears a protective suit and body armor against SPD's brutal toxic chemical sprays and truncheons. Clearly he makes a fine victim.
JUST SHOOT HIM.
NO TOTUM CARVERS WERE SHOT DURING THE ABOVE INCIDENTS