Sound off; It Usually Comes Down to the Security vs. Privacy Question

The Florida Times Union, May 19, 2013 | Go to article overview

Sound off; It Usually Comes Down to the Security vs. Privacy Question


About 325 drones have been licensed to fly in U.S. airspace and thousands more could be coming by 2015. The drones help in police work, scientific research and border patrol, but opponents worry about safety and privacy issues. We asked members of the Times-Union/Jacksonville.com Email Interactive Group what their opinions are on using domestic drones. Here is a representative sampling of their responses:

Drones have been a wonderful help to our troops in a wartime situation, but I'm not so sure I want them flying over our country on surveillance missions. The only reason would be in law enforcement, but we have police helicopters to do that. Since hearing about the IRS snooping into the taxes of specifically targeted taxpayers, it seems this present administration wishes more and more power over our lives. This is the way socialism works, take away a little here and a little there till we finally wake up one day and find our form of government has been completely changed.

Helen Louise Jesacher, Jacksonville

My opinion of drones is if they help us keep fanatics from trying to destroy us, then do use them ... we went from horses to tanks, and some people thought it was inhumane at the time, but Americans cannot be sentimental about survival if it's us or them.a

Georgeanna Teehan, Elkton

Drones have no place as a casual use in our country. Their use violates our constitutional right to privacy on many levels and must be stopped. The risks of potential for violation of basic rights far outweigh any benefits.a

George F. Vaughn Jr., Neptune Beach

Aside from the moral, ethical and legal issues, the nature of the drones' design - using remote command sequences and electronic linkages to manage them - offers a fine opportunity for making mischief or turning them into weapons against whomever deploys them. A moderately skilled eighth-grader could intercept the command traffic between ground control and the drones, decode them and send a new set of commands. The flight path could be altered, (maybe to follow police cars around and see what they're doing), or to buzz neighborhoods for amusement, or to cause property damage by crashing them into buildings. More likely is that with thousands deployed, they will collide with one another from time to time and be more trouble than they are worth until a reasonable way to use the technology is developed.

Douglas Underhill, Southside

Once again, is this a case of Big Brother keeping an eye on us? I can appreciate the aspects of police help, etc., but here we are again taking advantage of spying on people whether warranted or not. Would drones have stopped the Sandy Hook or Boston Marathon tragedies? I doubt it, but it seems the government wants to make sure it is keeping an eye on everyone.

Phil Skewes, Arlington

I have a difficult time understanding the protests to the use of drones by government agencies on the basis of privacy. What is the difference between a person sitting in an aircraft looking at a monitor that is showing what a high-resolution camera mounted on the aircraft sees, and that same person looking at that same monitor sitting in a building while the aircraft flies around unmanned but directed by a "pilot" also in the building? It also is much more economically efficient to use the drone in place of the manned aircraft, saving taxpayer money. A serious issue, though, is safety. As a retired professional pilot, I know that part of the system that keeps aircraft from collisions is a person in the cockpit looking out the window - we call it "see and avoid." Some careful thought needs to go into a system that will ensure the same level of safety when there are no eyes in the aircraft to see potential hazards. …

The rest of this article is only available to active members of Questia

Sign up now for a free, 1-day trial and receive full access to:

  • Questia's entire collection
  • Automatic bibliography creation
  • More helpful research tools like notes, citations, and highlights
  • Ad-free environment

Already a member? Log in now.

Notes for this article

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Default project is now your active project.
Project items

Items saved from this article

This article has been saved
Highlights (0)
Some of your highlights are legacy items.

Highlights saved before July 30, 2012 will not be displayed on their respective source pages.

You can easily re-create the highlights by opening the book page or article, selecting the text, and clicking “Highlight.”

Citations (0)
Some of your citations are legacy items.

Any citation created before July 30, 2012 will labeled as a “Cited page.” New citations will be saved as cited passages, pages or articles.

We also added the ability to view new citations from your projects or the book or article where you created them.

Notes (0)
Bookmarks (0)

You have no saved items from this article

Project items include:
  • Saved book/article
  • Highlights
  • Quotes/citations
  • Notes
  • Bookmarks
Notes
Cite this article

Cited article

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited article

Sound off; It Usually Comes Down to the Security vs. Privacy Question
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger Reset View mode
Search within

Search within this article

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Full screen

matching results for page

Cited passage

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited passage

Thanks for trying Questia!

Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

For full access in an ad-free environment, sign up now for a FREE, 1-day trial.

Already a member? Log in now.