Are Government Drones Over U.S. Soil Violating 4th Amendment Rights? [video]_Featured_, Big Brother, Videos Thursday, June 14th, 2012
In this video, Ben Swann Reality Check takes a look the expanse of drones over U.S. soil and how they will affect your Fourth Amendment rights:
“The talk of drones over U.S. soil is fairly new… In February of this year, an otherwise boring Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) bill included a section to integrate drones into national air space – including over U.S. cities.
“So, what are we talking about in terms of numbers? There are currently 63 drone launch sites in 20 states. The FAA projects 30,000 drones could be in use domestically by 2020 – just eight years from now. Nearly 50 companies are currently developing around 150 different drone systems. Already, drones are in use along the U.S. / Mexico border…
“What you may not realize is that the U.S. military is already flying drones over U.S. soil and U.S. cities, and some not so successfully. An unmanned Navy surveillance aircraft crashed into a march in southern Maryland yesterday. It didn’t cause any injuries. That Global Hawk, which is a high-altitude drone aircraft that normally carries sophisticated cameras and sensors, was on a test mission from a Naval Air Station about 65 miles southeast of Washington. The ground pilot lost control of the plane.
“The Navy wants to use the drones to monitor shoreline and keep an eye out for enemy boats. Despite the enemy boat story, what we know is that the U.S. military is not only collecting information on Americans right now, but they’re also sharing that information with local law enforcement, who, by the way, under the rule of law would otherwise required to obtain a search warrant.
“According to military documents obtained by CBS News, there is vague language that permits use of military drones to assist local, state, and federal law enforcement for the purposes of “preventing, detecting, or investigating other violations of the law.”
“In any of these cases, violations of the Fourth Amendment protections against illegal search and seizure and the Fifth Amendment Due Process are being committed illegally by law enforcement and the military.”
The Fourth Amendment (Amendment IV) to the United States Constitution is the part of the Bill of Rights which guards against unreasonable searches and seizures, along with requiring any warrant to be judicially sanctioned and supported by probable cause. The full text of the 4th Amendment is as follows:
The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.